Grants Support Local Climate Change Adaptation

Eighteen grants totaling $3 million were awarded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to be used to reduce community risk and enhance natural protection from coastal storms, erosion, and sea level rise. This second round of funding through the Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program and the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program gives communities financial and technical support for local projects that address climate change.

Project examples include building and enhancing dunes and beaches, planting beach grass and other erosion-control vegetation, restoring coastal floodplain and creating salt marsh habitat, assessing climate change vulnerability, and identifying adaptive strategies to reduce storm and sea level rise risks. Results of the projects are producing important, on-the-ground strategies for addressing climate change. (2016)

Partners: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, NOAA