For Immediate Release - January 24, 2014

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE FOR COASTAL COMMUNITIES

$1 million in municipal grants is available to address risks of coastal storms and sea level rise.

BOSTON –Thursday, January 23, 2014 - The Patrick Administration’s Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) today announced a new grant program to support local climate preparedness efforts, combating the effects of coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise. The grants, available to coastal cities and towns, are part of the Patrick Administration’s $50 million investment in climate change initiatives.

“Sea level rise is a serious concern for our coastal communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan. “Coastal storms can put citizens’ well-being at risk as well as damage and destroy homes, businesses and infrastructure. These funds will help our coastal cities and towns better understand these issues and create workable solutions.”

Administered by CZM, the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program will provide up to $1 million in grants and technical resources to advance innovative local efforts to address climate change and sea level rise impacts. The funds will finance initiatives to increase awareness of these issues, assess vulnerability and risk and implement measures to respond, recover and adapt to coastal impacts.

“Coastal communities have been working on the challenges of erosion, flooding and storm damage, and with a changing climate and sea level rise, these impacts are projected to worsen and broaden,” said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. “The Coastal Community Resilience Grants will provide municipalities the much-needed assistance to advance local projects created to reduce the vulnerability of the environment. CZM looks forward to working with our coastal cities and towns to implement effective solutions.”

Applicants may request up to $200,000 in funding. All 78 coastal communities in the Commonwealth are eligible. While proposals must be submitted by cities or towns, municipalities are encouraged to partner with nonprofit or regional planning partners. Applications are due 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28 and must provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project cost in either cash or in-kind contributions. For more information about the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program see www.mass.gov/czm/community-resilience-grants.

The Office of Coastal Zone Management is the lead policy and planning agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Through planning, technical and grant assistance and public information programs, CZM seeks to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources. The agency's work includes helping coastal communities anticipate and plan for sea level rise and other effects of climate change, working with cities and towns and the federal government to develop boat sewage no discharge areas and partnering with communities and other organizations to restore coastal and aquatic habitats.

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