USA - Federal grants available for coastal climate change projects

USA — Coastal communities that are threatened by climate change are eligible for $225 million in federal grants.

Cities, counties and tribes can apply for coastal resilience projects under the Climate Ready Coasts initiative.

The funding is through the $2.855 billion set aside for salmon habitat recovery and coastal resilience in the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Law, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said in press release.

Cities, counties and tribes can apply for coastal resilience projects under the Climate Ready Coasts initiative.

The funding is through the $2.855 billion set aside for salmon habitat recovery and coastal resilience in the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Law, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said in press release.

These programs are part of a $2.855 billion investment in salmon habitat recovery and coastal resilience investment in the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Law that was signed into law last year.

All of these funding sources will be available to Washington state’s orca and salmon recovery networks, nonprofit organization, local and state agencies, and tribal governments.

Funding possibilities are:

• Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants ($85 million) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will accept proposals for projects estimated between $1 million and $15 million federal cost. The application deadline is Sept. 6.

• Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities ($10 million) — NOAA will accept proposals for projects estimated to cost between $250,000 and $500,000 federal cost. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

• Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($35 million) — Letters of intent are due by July 29, 2022. NOAA will accept proposals for project engineering, design and planning projects between $200,000 and $500,000; habitat restoration projects between $2 million and $6 million; and land conservation projects between $1 million and $4 million over the award period.

Applicants may propose projects with a federal funding request less than or more than these amounts, up to $6 million.

• Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity Building ($5 million) — Awards up to $450,000 in funding for the life of this three-year award. Of that total, up to $150,000 may be awarded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, an additional $150,000 may be awarded in FY 2023, and $150,000 may be awarded in FY 2024. The application deadline is July 30.

• National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($12 million) — Letters of intent are due by July 29.

NOAA will accept from the NERRS designated state lead agency or university proposals with a federal funding levels for project engineering, design and planning project between $200,000 and $350,000; habitat restoration projects between $2 million and $4 million; land conservation projects between $500,000 and $1.5 million over the award period.

Applicants may propose projects with a federal funding request less than or more than these amounts, up to $4 million.

• National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity Building ($3 million) — The NERRS designated state lead agency or university may request up to $300,000 in funding for the life of this three-year award. Of that total, up to $100,000 may be awarded in FY 2022, an additional $100,000 may be awarded in FY 2023, and $100,000 may be awarded in FY 2024.

The application deadline is July 30.

• Marine Debris Removal Grants ($56 million): NOAA will accept proposals with a funding level of between $150,000 and $15 million over the award period. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

• Marine Debris Challenge Competition ($16 million) — The National Sea Grant Office anticipates funding between five and 12 projects of up to three years’ duration. Applicants may request up to $3 million. Letters of Intent are open through Aug. 9.

• Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions ($3 million) — The National Sea Grant Office anticipates about $3 million in FY 2022 and 2023 to fund between five and 12 marine debris community action coalitions.

Applicants may request up to $300,000. Letters of Intent are open through Aug. 16.

For information see www.noaa.gov/climate-resilience-funding

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Biden Administration announces historic coastal and climate resilience funding

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates nearly $3 billion of funding over 5 years to NOAA

Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo announced funding opportunities from NOAA's $2.96 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to address the climate crisis and strengthen coastal resilience and infrastructure. Over the next five years, NOAA’s targeted investments in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and climate data and services will advance ongoing federal efforts toward building climate resilience.

“The climate crisis is affecting every community in the U.S. and impacting our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The funding from NOAA will be used to support transformational projects that will help communities, especially underserved communities, build up local climate resilience and climate-ready infrastructure.”

“This funding provides NOAA and its partners with a historic opportunity to invest in the climate smart infrastructure of the future,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “Together, we’ll help ensure our coasts are climate-ready, our fisheries and protected resources are resilient, and our climate and data products reflect the needs of decision makers.”

NOAA will select high-impact projects that will incentivize investments in communities, states, and regions that can drive additional funding to complementary projects. Funded projects will support three major initiatives:

  • Climate Ready Coasts will help coastal communities build the future they want to see, investing in natural infrastructure projects that build coastal resilience, create jobs, store carbon, remove marine debris, and restore habitat. ($1.467 billion over five years)
  • Climate Data and Services will support a whole-of-government effort to address the climate crisis by getting critical information and tools in the hands of decision-makers, particularly to address floods, wildfire, drought, and ocean health. ($904 million over five years)
  • Fisheries and Protected Resources will advance efforts to restore important fisheries habitat and promote community economic development. ($592 million over five years)

The investments will be scalable, leverage partnerships, and be responsive to the need for better climate information. NOAA will ensure the impact of this funding is equitable, coordinated, and results in projects that benefit Tribal Nations and underserved and underrepresented communities.

Today’s announcement highlights Notice of Funding Opportunities for the coming year focused on habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and marine debris as part of the Climate Ready Coasts initiative including:

The announcement today builds on a series of steps that the Administration has taken over the month of June – National Ocean Month – to conserve and restore the health and productivity of the nation’s oceans and coasts for the benefit of all Americans.

These funding opportunities are designed to help coastal communities invest in and optimize green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to increase resilience to climate change and extreme weather events. The White House Coastal Resilience Interagency Working Group (IWG), co-led by NOAA and the Council on Environmental Equality (CEQ), developed a resource guide to build climate resilience in the coast, “Compendium of Federal Nature-Based Resources for Coastal Communities, State, Tribes and Territoriesoffsite link.”

Signed into law in November 2021, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure, competitiveness, and communities. The significant increase in resources for NOAA will benefit the business community across a range of sectors including agriculture, seafood, energy and transportation, especially when it comes to products and services that help prepare for extreme weather and adapt to climate-driven events.

In addition, by supporting locally-led efforts to restore and conserve coastal habitat, these investments help advance the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful initiative, which aims to conserve, connect and restore 30 percent of lands and waters in the U.S. by 2030.

Media contacts

NOAA Communications: Lori Arguelles, lori.arguelles@noaa.gov, (571) 439-4084

Commerce Department Public Affairs: publicaffairs@doc.gov

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