Restored coastal ecosystems provide valuable habitat for fish and wildlife. These same wetlands, dunes, and coral reefs also offer flood protection for coastal communities by lessening wave energy and absorbing excess waters.
This approach is at the heart of this competitive grants program, a partnership between NOAA, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other governmental and private sector partners. Funded projects cover the spectrum of nature-based infrastructure efforts, and include project planning, design, and implementation. Background information about the program can be found on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's website.
Special competition for areas that received presidential disaster declarations due to Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, and the coastal California wildfires in 2018.
NOTE: For information about a previous program, the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program, please visit this webpage.