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U.S. DOI Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is supporting projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The program is funded by the 2013 Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Emergency Relief Program: Sandy Disaster Aid Resilience Projects

2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) allocated $4. 3 billion of its disaster recovery money specifically for projects in the Sandy-impacted areas that increase the resilience of public transportation systems and facilities to future disasters and the impacts of climate change. Funding for resilience projects was allocated in separate tiers. First, for “locally-prioritized projects,” which include resilience improvements made in conjunction with other recovery and rebuilding projects or lower cost stand-alone projects that could be implemented quickly.

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Rebuild By Design Competition after Hurricane Sandy

2013

In a one-time competition, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encouraged Sandy-affected communities to rebuild with climate change in mind through the Rebuild by Design competition.  Rebuild by Design was a unique design competition that was initiated in 2013 by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD.  Through the competition, architectural and design professionals were asked to develop innovative design solutions for resilient rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Ten interdisciplinary design teams (planning, design, engineering, etc.

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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Initiative

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have identified ecological and evolutionary sciences, including field biology and mathematical modeling, and socio-ecology as essential disciplines to understand and predict transmission of zoonotic and other infectious diseases that involve biotic or abiotic vectors, including diseases of humans, other animals, and plants.

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USDOT Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) is the most flexible of all Federal-aid highway programs, allowing wide discretion for recipients to use funds as needed to meet state and local transportation priorities. This includes any activities relating to construction of highways or other eligible facilities (including acquisition of right-of-way) as consistent with state and metropolitan long-range transportation plans. Activities and projects designed to improve climate resilience of transportation facilities, infrastructure, and systems, as well as related planning and vulnerability assessment activities, are eligible uses for STBG funding.

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program Interim Guidance

October 1, 2012

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program allocates federal funding for infrastructure projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality in areas that (currently or formerly) do not meet certain national air quality standards. CMAQ funds may be used to establish new or expanded transportation projects or programs that reduce emissions, including capital investments in transportation infrastructure, congestion relief efforts, and diesel engine retrofits. CMAQ is jointly administered by FHWA and the Federal Transit Administration.

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FHWA Climate Change Adaptation Federal Aid Program

September 24, 2012

In September 2012, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a memorandum clarifying when transportation agencies may use federal aid highway dollars to help adapt transportation infrastructure to extreme weather and a changing climate under the Federal-aid and Federal Lands programs. The memo provides some examples of eligible uses of the funds which consider the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events and apply adaptation strategies. No new funding is actually being added to address adaptation needs.

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EPA Urban Waters Small Grants

2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Urban Waters Program is a potential source of funding for green infrastructure and other resilience projects that highlight equity and environmental justice. The program offers small grants (up to $60,000) for water projects that encourage the growth of local business, promote public education, or otherwise create recreational, social, and employment opportunities in local communities. Since its inception in 2012 the program has provided $6.6 million in funding to 114 organizations across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Through this program, underserved communities can access healthy waters; helping grow local businesses and enhancing educational and social opportunities.

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Innovation Fund

2011

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Innovation Fund is a financial-investment resource governed by USDN members to promote collaboration among cities to develop, test, and spread high-impact solutions for advancing urban sustainability.  The goals for the Fund are to spur active collaboration among members, accelerate on-the-ground impact of key practice fields, and position local government leaders as “go to” sources for sustainability innovation.

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Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011

July 7, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Grant Program promoted a national competition to fund technical assistance projects as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. NOAA Sea Grant made $1,000,000 available to fund coastal climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013.

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