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Massachusetts coastal communities face significant risks from coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise—challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. To help address these issues, CZM administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program to provide financial and technical support for local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, identify and map vulnerabilities, conduct adaptation planning, redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and implement non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. Managed through CZM’s StormSmart Coasts program, grants are available for a range of coastal resilience approaches—from planning, public outreach, feasibility assessment, and analysis of shoreline vulnerability to design, permitting, construction, and monitoring.
Latest Coastal Resilience Awards: On August 9, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced over $2.2 million in funding through CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program to advance local efforts to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. Grants were awarded to Dennis, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., Eastham, Essex, Falmouth, Gloucester, Kingston, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Northeastern University, Salem, Scituate, Wareham, Weymouth, and Winthrop. See the EEA Press Release.
The Coastal Resilience Grant Program is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone. Certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public are also eligible for funding for natural storm-damage protection (or green infrastructure) projects (project category #5 below).
Eligible projects must fall under one (or more) of the following five categories:
CZM strongly encourages applicants to review the following information when developing a proposal for this grant program:
The FY18 application period is now closed. Applications were due by June 5, 2017. Awards were announced on August 9, 2017. Projects awarded funding for FY18 must be completed by June 30, 2018.
Available grant funds and project limits will be provided when a Request for Responses (RFR) is released. In FY18, CZM awarded over $2.2 million in grants with applicants able to request up to $500,000 in funding. Applicants are required to provide at least 25% of the total project cost. The 25% local match could be cash or in-kind contributions or a combination of the two.
When released, an RFR will be available on the COMMBUYS website and will provide specific proposal requirements. Previous RFRs have included the following proposal requirements:
Coastal Resiliency Specialist
Phone: (617) firstname.lastname@example.org
North Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (978) email@example.com
South Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (781) firstname.lastname@example.org
South Coastal Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 291-3625 email@example.com
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) firstname.lastname@example.org