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EPA Climate Change Research Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds climate change research grants to “improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.”

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NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

March 2016

As of March 2016, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is providing up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program. These grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awards were made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through land and ocean use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other regional, state, or community planning efforts.

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EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants

June 5, 2015

In June 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than more than $1.8 million to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in 11 cities across the Great Lakes Basin.  

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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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Microsoft Climate Data Initiative

July 2014

In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Microsoft offers the Climate Data Initiative (CDI) Award program. This program supports the CDI’s goals of preparedness for and resilience to climate change impacts.The Microsoft Azure for Research program granted 12 months of free cloud computing resources to 20 awardees selected. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

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New York State Bridge Scour Program

January 2014

New York has announced a program to upgrade 105 critical bridges across the state by repairing existing scour damage and increasing resilience to future damage from floods and extreme weather events.   The Bridge Scour Program will ensure that the essential transportation infrastructure remains safe and provides access for emergency responders during the severe weather events that have become more common in New York and may further increase in frequency and severity under future climate conditions.

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“Reimagining New York for a New Reality” Transportation Investments

January 7, 2014

In January 2014 during the State of the State address, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced a plan to invest $17 billion to rebuild New York’s infrastructure, including transportation systems, more resiliently in light of increasingly frequent extreme weather events. The comprehensive rebuilding program includes major reconstruction of the transit system, renovations to many old bridges, a new extensive weather detection system, and creation of a fuel reserve and backup power for gas stations along critical routes.

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Massachusetts Coastal Resilience Grant Program

2014

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program through its StormSmart Coasts Program which provides financial and technical resources to advance local efforts to increase natural storm damage protection, flood control, and coastal community resilience. Eligible projects can be in the areas of: vulnerability and risk assessment; public education and communication; local bylaws, adaptation plans, and other management measures; redesigns and retrofits; and natural storm-damage protection/green infrastructure.

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Shore Up Connecticut Loan Program

October 29, 2013

Shore Up Connecticut (previously the Shoreline Resiliency Fund) is a low-interest loan program to provide financing to retrofit structures to be more resilient to impacts from flooding and extreme storms. The program was designed to provide financial assistance for flood-resilience retrofits for property owners that were not eligible for federal disaster aid after Sandy. Both home and business owners are eligible for loans under the program. In announcing the program, Governor Malloy noted that it would help residents prepare for and adapt to the changing environment.

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Massachusetts Green Bonds

2014

In 2014, the state of Massachusetts issued $350 million in “green bonds” to fund water infrastructure projects, including stream bed restoration, open-space protection, and stormwater management. The difference between green and traditional bonds, is that the the proceeds form the sale of green bonds are used for projects that are beneficial to the environment. Investors who buy green bonds are paid interest and principal from the same revenues as other municipal bonds.

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