NFWF and NOAA Announce $28.9 Million in Grants for the 2018 National Coastal Resilience Fund
New partnership will protect coastal communities and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NOAA and their partners today announced $28.9 million in new grants for the restoration or expansion of natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands that help minimize the impacts of storms, rising sea levels and other extreme events on nearby communities and infrastructure in 22 states and Puerto Rico. The 35 grants will generate $38.3 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $67.2 million.
Congress provided funding for Title IX of the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act, allowing grants to be awarded through a partnership between NFWF, NOAA, Shell Oil Company, and TransRe. These grants were then awarded through the newly created National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF).
“For the communities and businesses all along America’s coastlines, storms and floods are worsening, seas are rising, and the infrastructure that props up our economy is aging. This new fund will provide support for those communities to protect their industries and way of life,” said U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. “I’m grateful to Senator Kennedy for joining me in this effort, and I’m excited to see the first awards going to these worthy projects in Rhode Island and across the country.”