Several Cape & Islands Communities Receive State Climate Change Grants

Municipal Vulnerability Grants were announced Tuesday in Orleans. Photo courtesy of @MattBeatonEEA on Twitter.

ORLEANS – Several Cape and Islands communities were recently awarded grant funding from the state to help prepare for climate change and build coastal resilience.

The Baker-Polito administration awarded more than $2 million to 82 towns to provide technical support, data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program.

“The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program is the cornerstone of our administration’s efforts to work with communities on further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

Fourteen local communities received $284,500.

“After the battering that the Cape Cod coastline took this winter causing extensive erosion and property damage, these MVP grants are truly welcome, needed and appreciated,” said State Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown).

State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) said it is important to achieve coordination between communities and the Commonwealth’s administration when it comes to climate change issues.

“Our communities appreciate the continued support and growing relationship to aid in developing plans that address local needs and preparedness.”

A list of Cape and Islands communities to receive funding can be found below.

Cape and Islands
Barnstable $35,500
Bourne $18,000
Brewster $20,000
Chatham $15,000
Eastham $25,000
Edgartown $17,000
Nantucket $22,000
Oak Bluffs $20,000
Orleans $25,000
Provincetown $27,500
Tisbury $20,000
Wellfleet & Truro $15,000
Yarmouth $24,500
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