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RI - NK awarded grant through Resilient Rhody Program

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank recently announced the recipients of this year’s Resilient Rhody Municipal Resilience Program.

One of the communities participating this year is North Kingstown.

The Municipal Resilience Program (MRP) provides direct support to cities and towns to complete a municipal-driven process that will “bring together climate change information and local knowledge to identify top hazards, current challenges, and community strengths. This process will identify priority projects and strategies to improve the municipality’s resilience to all natural and climate-related hazards using a flexible, tested approach called Community Resilience Building (CRB),” the program’s website states.

Once a municipality successfully completes the process they are then designated as a “Resilient Rhody Municipality”. By being given that designation municipalities are able to apply for dedicated action grants to implement identified projects. The municipality is required to make a 25 percent match to grant.

Shaun O’Rourke, managing director of program and business development at the Infrastructure Bank explained that one of the main reasons why the program came about is because cities and towns realized that they needed money to help tackle climate change concerns in their communities, as well as guidance on what the top priorities should be.

“The majority of infrastructure and assets at risk to climate change in Rhode Island are owned and managed by municipalities, but these communities often lack the staff capacity, funding, and expertise to plan and prioritize resilience projects,” said Shaun O’Rourke, managing director of program and business development at the Infrastructure Bank and the state’s chief resiliency officer.

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