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Funding Programs for Rural and Small Communities

This tab includes federal funding sources that have been used to support adaptation in rural and small communities and examples of how state and local governments are funding and financing rural and small community adaptation. This is not intended to be a list of all currently available grants supporting adaptation. 

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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.

Related Organizations: StormSmart Coasts, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

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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.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program

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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.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program

The Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program (ACCIMP) was established by Alaska's 25th Legislature to increase community resilience to climate-related natural hazards. ACCIMP is addressing the immediate planning needs of communities imminently threatened by the impacts of climate-related natural hazards such as erosion, flooding, storm surge, and thawing permafrost.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

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Florida's Coastal Partnership Initiative

The Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) makes funding available to Florida's coastal counties and municipalities that are required to have a coastal management element in their comprehensive plan.   Public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply for CPI funds if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. The Initiative is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) using funding from NOAA.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Massachusetts Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program provides municipalities with financial and technical resources to advance innovative local efforts to plan for and adapt to coastal climate impacts, including sea level rise, storm surge and flooding.  In 2018, more than $3. 2 million in funding was awarded to Braintree, Chatham, Chelsea and Everett, Dennis, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. , Gloucester, Hull, Ipswich, Kingston, Marion, Mattapoisett, Nantucket, Provincetown, Salem, Wareham and Winthrop.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, StormSmart Coasts

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EPA Environmental Finance Center Grants

Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) are funded by grants from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide environmental-finance expertise and outreach to states, tribes, local governments, and the private sector. The EFCs work with these entities to help them fund, finance, and manage the growing costs of environmental protection and compliance. The EFCs provide finance-related training, education, and analytical studies to help state and communities develop solutions for paying for initiative and programs required to meet environmental standards set by federal laws such as the Clean Water Act.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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NeighborWorks America Grant Program

October 31, 1978

As a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America promotes reinvestment by financially supporting more than 245 place-based organizations and providing technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. In fiscal year 2016, NeighborWorks network members reported more than $7 billion of investment in their communities. They also calculated that every $1 of federal appropriation attracted another $91 that expanded the local impact.

Related Organizations: Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America)

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EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant Program

1994

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. The program uses grants to strengthen community-based programs that engage overburdened communities and build partnerships to promote environmental well-being and improve public health. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative projects that focus on climate resiliency and adaptation in communities with environmental justice concerns.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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National Estuary Program Grants

The goal of the National Estuary Program (NEP) is to protect and restore the water quality and estuarine resources of estuaries and associated watersheds designated by the EPA Administrator as estuaries of national significance.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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