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Maryland Community Resiliency Grants / CoastSmart Communities Grants

Maryland uses its Coastal Zone Management grant funding from NOAA to help local governments plan for an implement projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Historically, Maryland Department of Natural Resources allocated funds only to coastal communities because the grants were funded through NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.  However, in the 2016 and 2017 grant years, DNR combined NOAA funds with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to also make grants to green infrastructure projects to address stormwater flooding outside of the coastal zone.

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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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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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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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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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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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Clean Water Act: Section 319 Grant Program

April 12, 2013

This US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding program is designed to help states reduce nonpoint source pollution (pollution caused by rainfall running over the ground and carrying pollutants including trash, oil and grease, and fertilizers into nearby waterways).  The program was authorized by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act which requires states to adopt a nonpoint source management program and assess nonpoint source pollution responsible for the water quality impairments. EPA provides funding to states under Section 319, and states can subgrants to local governments. EPA’s program guidance recognizes the “importance of green infrastructure … in managing stormwater” and supported awarding funding to green infrastructure projects.                                

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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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HUD Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative

2010

From the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Economic Resilience, the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) Provides grants to improve regional and local planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and that support sustainable development. The Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative report provides case studies of 30 local governments who have used U. S. HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants or Community Challenge Planning Grants to fund green infrastructure programs.

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Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

March 2009

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides grants to commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to improve the sustainability of Toronto's infrastructure and its resilience to climate change. Financial incentives are provided for the construction of green roofs that support vegetation and cool roofs that reflect the sun's thermal energy. Launched in 2009, the program supports the City's Climate Change Action Plan and complements the City's 'Green Roof Bylaw' and the 'Green Standard' by encouraging owners of existing buildings to retrofit their roofs.

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