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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) will help coastal communities build the future they want to see. The legislation provides a historic investment in coastal protection and restoration that will increase community resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, and improve how we manage our ocean resources. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will administer $832 million from these funds over the next five years.

Projects selected for the first year are expected to be awarded in early 2023. In the meantime, information about each of the programs and the funds they are administering is provided below. Please contact us if you have questions.

National Coastal Zone Management Program

  • Goal: Protect and restore ecologically significant habitats, including conserving lands that play a critical role in helping communities become more resilient to natural hazards.

  • Total Funding: $207 million over five years. Approximately $40 million per year in competitive and non-competitive program capacity funds, with competitive projects expected to range in cost from approximately $200,000 up to $6 million per project, depending on project type.

  • Eligible Uses: Habitat restoration; habitat restoration planning, engineering, and design; ecosystem conservation. The majority of infrastructure funding will support competitively selected projects. However, non-competitive funds to support program capacity will be available up to $150,000 per year for each coastal zone management program to support a work plan focused on the Infrastructure Law.

  • Eligible Applicants: CZM programs must serve as the primary applicant. However, funding can be passed through to other non-federal public partners. Projects must be within the coastal zone management boundary or coastal watershed county.

  • Matching Requirements: Neither competitive nor non-competitive funds will require a match. However, leveraged funding is strongly encouraged and will be reviewed in evaluations.

  • Key Dates: Letters of intent are due July 29, 2022, and full proposals will be due October 14, 2022.

  • Information for Applicants:

National Estuarine Research Reserve System

  • Goal: Protect and restore ecologically significant habitats, including conserving lands that play a critical role in helping communities become more resilient to natural hazards.

  • Total Funding: $77 million over five years. Approximately $15 million per year in competitive and non-competitive program capacity funds, with competitive projects expected to range in cost from approximately $200,000 up to $4 million per project, depending on project type.

  • Eligible Uses: Habitat restoration; habitat restoration planning, engineering, and design; ecosystem conservation. The majority of this funding will support competitively selected projects. However, non-competitive funds to support program capacity will be available up to $100,000 per year for each reserve to support work plans focused on the Infrastructure Law.

  • Eligible Applicants: National Estuarine Research Reserves must serve as primary applicants. However, reserve partners under a memorandum of understanding can also receive funds, if approved and coordinated. Projects must be within the reserve boundary or targeted watershed.

  • Matching Requirements: Neither competitive nor non-competitive funds will require a match. However, leveraged funding is strongly encouraged and will be reviewed in evaluations.

  • Key Dates: Letters of intent are due July 29, 2022, and full proposals will be due October 14, 2022.

  • Information for Applicants:

National Coastal Resilience Fund

  • Goal: Restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure to protect communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife.

  • Total Funding: $492 million over five years. Approximately $98 million per year. Additional private and public funds will be leveraged as well. The request for proposals issued by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provides an expected average range of awards by project category. However, these are not considered limits or “hard caps.”

  • Eligible Uses: Habitat restoration-related activities, including community capacity building and planning; site assessment and preliminary design; final design and permitting; and restoration implementation.

  • Eligible Applicants: State and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, or commercial (for profit) organizations. Projects must be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including territories and the Great Lakes.

  • Matching Requirements: Competitive funds will not require a match. However, leveraged funding is strongly encouraged.

  • Key Dates: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation released the FY 2022 funding opportunity on March 21, 2022, and it has since closed.

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity: Details about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Request for Proposals can be found here.

Regional Ocean Partnerships

  • Goal: Coordinate interstate and intertribal management of ocean and coastal resources and implement priority actions identified by established regional ocean partnerships, including data sharing and integration.

  • Total Funding: $56 million over five years. Approximately $11 million per year. This includes approximately $1 million per year to be awarded competitively to federally-recognized tribes to encourage or enhance tribal engagement in existing regional ocean partnerships around the country.

  • Eligible Uses: Implementing priority actions identified by regional ocean partnerships (including capacity for member participation and engagement); federal and non-federal data sharing and integration activities in each of the regions.

  • Eligible Applicants: Established regional ocean partnerships, including the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and West Coast Ocean Alliance. Data sharing and integration activities will be supported by the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) regional association in regions that do not have an established regional partnership through a separate announcement.

    A separate funding competition will be announced for federally-recognized coastal tribes. Eligible applicants are U.S. federally-recognized Indian tribes that have current or ancestral interests in a region with an established regional ocean partnership and wish to pursue coastal and ocean activities that align with the regional priorities. Tribal-serving organizations may apply on behalf of one or more tribes, but must include a letter(s) from the tribe(s) confirming tribal leadership support for the application and describing how the tribe will be involved in the proposed work. Tribal funding through the competitive funding program is not guaranteed for all tribes that apply.

  • Matching Requirements: No non-federal match is required.

  • Key Dates: Applications for regional ocean partnerships are due 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 5, 2022 (application information for the eligible established regional ocean partnerships will be shared directly). Tribal proposals are due 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 13, 2022.

  • Information for Tribal Applicants: