From the Ocean Protection Council:
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is currently accepting preproposals for the National Coastal Resilience Fund. NFWF will award approximately $29 million in grants on a competitive basis throughout the United States to create, expand, and restore coastal and estuarine natural systems. Grants will support projects that will increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and estuary-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. See below for information on the RFP.
OPC would like to encourage California proposals, particularly from disadvantaged and frontline communities. National Coastal Resilience Fund grants are expected to be matched 1:1 with non-federal cash or in-kind contributions. OPC has discretionary funding available to help applicants with match and make their proposals more competitive. NFWF expects this to be a highly competitive grant process and applicants should carefully review the NFWF request for proposals (see below for a link) for guidance. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage state and federal funding to plan for and address coastal climate change impacts.
Please watch the recorded informational NFWF webinar for more details on the NFWF RFP (see below), and reach out to OPC’s Senior Program Manager for Climate Change Justine Kimball at Justine.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential project ideas.
The National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 request for proposals is now open. Pre-proposals are due Monday May 20, 2019 by 11:59PM EST. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award approximately $29 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in three focus areas:
- Project Preliminary Design and Site Assessment (average project $125,000)
- Project Final Design and Permitting (average project $250,000)
- Project Restoration and Monitoring (average project $1 to 3 million)
NFWF is also interested in funding innovative projects that seek to re-shape our thinking on how to protect communities in light of projected environmental stressors that may go beyond traditional habitat restoration alone, to truly novel approaches to address these challenges. NFWF seeks to incorporate adaptation to the projected future conditions of each investment.
The full request for proposals can be found at this link: https://www.nfwf.org/coastalresilience/Pages/2019rfp.aspx.
NFWF hosted an applicant webinar on Thursday, April 11. The recorded webinar and more details on the RFP can be found here: www.NFWF.org/coastalresilience
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