OFFICE FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT

NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grants

graphicNOAA is dedicated to investing in the tools and resources communities and businesses need to address the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards, as well as to restore coastal habitat to enhance the resilience of coastal ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. NOAA has developed the Coastal Resilience Grants Program to strengthen our economy and provide sustainable and lasting benefits.

This competition represents the integration of two existing grant programs: the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program administered by NOAA Fisheries, and the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program administered by NOAA’s National Ocean Service. The competition will fund projects that build resilience, including activities that protect life and property, safeguard people and infrastructure, strengthen the economy, or conserve and restore coastal and marine resources.

The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program supports two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. Applicants submitted proposals for either category through the same funding opportunity.

  1. Strengthening Coastal Communities: activities that improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions (states, counties, municipalities, territories, and tribes) to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards.
  2. Habitat Restoration: activities that restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards.

This funding opportunity closed on March 17, 2016. Eligible applicants included nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private entities, and local, state, and tribal governments. Projects in the District of Columbia were limited to the "habitat restoration" category. Typical award amounts will range from $250,000 to $1 million for projects lasting up to three years. Cost-sharing through cash or in-kind contributions is expected. Projects were required to be located in one or more of the 35 U.S. coastal states or territories.

Additional Information

For more information on 2015 and 2016 funded projects, visit NOAA Fisheries’ Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program or NOAA National Ocean Service’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program.