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NC - 25 Towns, Counties to Get Resilience Funding

There are 25 coastal communities in the state that will receive grants to help with risk assessment and resilience planning work.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management is awarding the communities a total of $675,000 through the new Resilient Coastal Communities Program, the division announced Wednesday.

The four phases of the program are community engagement and risk and vulnerability assessment; planning, project selection and prioritization; project engineering and design; and implementation. The funds are to be used for the completion of Phases 1 and 2.

“North Carolinians on our coast are on the front lines of climate change. These grants provide vital resources so that coastal communities can identify and address the climate hazards that impact their residents and economies and prepare for a more resilient future,” said Dionne Delli-Gatti, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, in a statement.

The Resilient Coastal Communities Program is in place to help coastal communities develop and put in action a resilience strategy designed specifically for that community. The program also helps with projects or activities that reduce the impacts of coastal and climate hazards like flooding and storms.

“DCM is proud to launch the Resilient Coastal Communities Program, which is the first of its kind in this state and modeled after successful programs in other coastal states. This initial round of funding will provide support for 25 communities to lay the groundwork for efficient investments in long-term resilience to coastal storms and flooding,” said Division Director Braxton Davis in a statement.

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