NOAA Offers Extreme Weather Grants for Coastal Communities and Ecosystems

Do some of your small systems exist along a coastline?  Do they suffer from repeated extreme weather events like hurricanes, storm surges, or flooding?  Are some of them located near sensitive marine ecosystems or even fisheries?  Then, please read on!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is making $5 million in funding available through its FY 15 Regional Coastal Resilience Program to build the resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions; and, separately, grants up to $4 million through its National Marine Fisheries Service to strengthen the resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems to decrease the vulnerability of marine communities to extreme weather.

The Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program expects to award funds to support activities that:  identify and address priority data, information, and capacity gaps; develop tools to inform sound, science-based decisions; acquire and integrate socioeconomic information with physical and biological information to improve the assessment of risk and vulnerability for planning and decision making; understand how hazards and changing ocean conditions affect coastal economies; improve risk communication, and the necessary tools, technical assistance and training tailored toward enhanced resilience to weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions; and support the development of sustainable recovery, redevelopment, and adaptation plans and implement programs and projects that incentivize rebuilding and development approaches which reduce risk and increase resilience

The Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program is open to state, local, and tribal governments as well as nonprofit organizations and regional consortia.  Awards range between $500,000 and $1 million.  Applications are due July 24.  Visit http://coast.noaa.gov/data/docs/funding/ffo-resilience-2015.pdf for more detailed information.

The Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Grants program is designed to support activities that promote comprehensive planning efforts that address ecosystem resiliency, seek to minimize risks associated with extreme weather events, and provide for adaptation to known or potential climate change impacts, such as sea level rise.  It also is designed to support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources.

Awards under this program are expected to range from $500,000 to $1 million with a 2:1 Federal-non-Federal cost share ratio.  The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program Eligible parties include State, local, and tribal governments as well as select 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  Applications are due by July 2.  Click this link http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276660  for more information about this grant opportunity.

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