New funds available for coastal habitat projects

Proposals are being accepted through Nov. 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for up to $240 million in federal funds to finance projects to restore coastal habitat and strengthen community resilience. 

The funds, announced by NOAA on Aug. 15, were made available through the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.    

NOAA is looking to fund projects that will help to sustain fisheries, aide in the recovery of threatened and endangered specials, and help protect coastal communities and ecosystems from the impact of climate change. Such projects may support efforts to reconnect rivers to their historic flood plains, and build living shorelines to protect coasts from erosion and sea level rise. 

Proposals may seek between $1 million and $25 million total over the award period. More information is available online at the Transformational Habitat Restoration and Costal Resilience Grants website. 

Projects that were developed with inclusive practices and incorporate meaningful strategies to engage a diverse range of community groups, including Native tribes and underserved communities, will be prioritized.