State Announces Funding Availability for Coastal Communities

BOSTON – The state has announced $2.6 million in funding is available through two grant programs for coastal projects that promote climate change resilience or improve coastal water quality.

Under the program, Requests for Responses (RFR) will be solicited from municipalities and eligible non-profit partners for grants awarded through the Coastal Resiliency Grant Program and Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program.

“Our administration is committed to combating and preparing for the impacts of climate change,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grant programs for coastal communities ensure a proactive and holistic approach, providing funds directly to the communities to identify and develop effective solutions for climate change and water quality issues that significantly impact their coastline.”

The Coastal Resilience Grant Program, administered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), provides funding to the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise through innovative and transferable local initiatives.

Eligible projects include efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, plan for changing conditions and redesign vulnerable community facilities and infrastructure.

Additionally, both coastal communities and eligible nonprofits may seek funding for non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection.

In this grant round, $2.1 million in funding is available with up to $500,000 per project.

Applications are due by June 5, 2017 and links to the RFR are available on the Coastal Resilience Grant Program website.
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