2014 Coastal Community Resilience Grants Awarded

On April 4, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan announced nearly $1 million in funding through CZM’s Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program to support local climate preparedness efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. The 10 grant recipients are the communities of Barnstable, Boston, Brewster, Gloucester, Hingham, Hull, Oak Bluffs, Provincetown, Salem, and Weymouth. Projects include local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities, and implement measures to increase community resilience. For more information on this year’s Coastal Community Resilience Grants, see the EEA press release.

Each year, Massachusetts coastal cities and towns experience coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, and natural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. These impacts are projected to worsen and broaden with the effects of climate change. To help communities address these issues, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is administering the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program through its StormSmart Coasts program. This grant program provides financial and technical resources to advance new and innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities, and implement measures to increase community resilience (i.e., the ability to endure impacts associated with coastal storms and the effects of erosion, flooding, and sea level rise and to respond, recover, and adapt to consequences).

As part of the Patrick Administration’s continued efforts for coordinated climate change preparedness, funding is available for a second round of grants under this program. A new Request for Responses will be issued this fall.

Click on the links below to view past Coastal Resilience project summaries:

What information is available to support the development of effective proposals?

CZM encourages applicants to review the following information when developing a proposal for this grant program:

  • Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report - This 2011 report provides a broad overview of climate change impacts and includes a coastal chapter with a range of potential strategies to address sea level rise and coastal storms. Applicants are encouraged to review this report and demonstrate that one (or more) of the coastal zone recommendations have been considered when developing a potential project.
  • Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning pdf format of Sea Level Rise Guidance file size 3MB - This 2013 document provides background information on local and global sea level rise trends, summarizes the best available sea level rise projections, and provides general guidance in the selection and application of sea level rise scenarios for coastal vulnerability assessments, planning, and decision making for areas that may be at present or future risk from the effects of sea level rise. Applicants should specify which scenario(s) they are utilizing in their proposed projects.
  • StormSmart Coasts - This website includes information on assessing the vulnerability of coastal properties to erosion and flooding, tools for local officials to improve coastal floodplain management, options for coastal property owners to effectively reduce erosion and storm damage while minimizing impacts to shoreline systems, information on landscaping options for controlling erosion and storm damage, interactive maps of erosion along the Massachusetts coast, and more. Applicants are encouraged to review the website and familiarize themselves with tools, resources, pilot projects, and other support and guidance available to communities.

Contact Information

Brad Washburn
Assistant Director
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114