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Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions
to Increase Disaster Resilience in Eligible Coastal Communities

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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11/12/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, government agencies, tribal governments, and educational institutions in eligible regions for projects to increase disaster resilience in coastal communities impacted by the 2018 wildfires, Typhoon Yutu, and hurricanes Michael and Florence. Eligible regions include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Northern Mariana Islands.

The Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund will support projects that strengthen natural systems at a scale that will increase protection for communities and critical assets against the future impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards. These investments will enable communities to better withstand and recover more quickly from events, while also enhancing important habitats for fish and wildlife populations.

NFWF will award approximately $48 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems and nature-based infrastructure to: (1) reduce the impacts of coastal storm surge, sea-level rise, wave velocity, flooding, debris flow, stormwater run-off, and other natural hazards on coastal communities; and (2) strengthen the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal ecosystems to protect communities and to enhance fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.

Program Priorities

The Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund will focus on increasing resilience of coastal communities within the above described geographies. This program will prioritize natural resource restoration projects that provide dual benefits – both benefit for human community resilience and benefits for fish and wildlife. The program will capitalize on existing state, regional, and local plans, disaster mitigation plans, and landscape-level information to inform where projects and activities will address regional circumstances, needs, and priorities to best protect communities and ecosystems from future disasters. 

All proposals must clearly describe how projects will support achieving the overall goals of the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund, including both:

  • ​Relative benefit to coastal communities from reducing the impact of future storms and associated natural hazards (e.g. coastal storm surge, sea-level rise, wave velocity, flooding, debris flow, stormwater run-off) to properties, community infrastructure (such as schools and municipal buildings), assets of economic importance, and health and safety assets (such as hospitals, evacuation routes, utilities and fire and rescue response); and
  • Anticipated enhancement of the ecological integrity and functionality of ecosystems to enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Proposals will be considered that support the following funding priorities:

  1. Building Coastal Resilience through Restoration and Enhancement  
  2. Addressing Barriers to Coastal Resilience

For more details on program priorities, see the link to the RFP from the Pre-Application section below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186662

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While there is no minimum or maximum expected award amount, funding request amounts should be appropriate relative to the overall scale and impact of the project.

Term of Contract:

All project dollars, NFWF award request and matching funds, must be secured and expended within the period of performance. The period of performance is the period of time in which all activities in the proposed scope of work occur and is defined by the start and end dates selected in the application. Projects should be able to be completed within 3 years of the start of the grant and should include at least one year of monitoring.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

​Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Native American tribal governments, or educational institutions. Tribal governments include all Native American tribal governments (both federally recognized tribes and those tribes that are not federally recognized).

As this program will award grants of Federal financial assistance funds, applicants must be able to comply with the OMB guidance in subparts A through F of 2 CFR 200 (OMB Uniform Guidance).

Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, commercial (for-profit) organizations, foreign organizations, foreign public entities and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

- ​NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar:

This webinar is for coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, and wildfires in 2018.

Wed, Sep 18, 2019 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EEST

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Pre-Application Information:

Fu​ll Proposal Due Date:​ ​Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 11:59pm EDT
​Review Period: ​November 2019 - January 2019
​Awards Announced: ​March 2020​

A 1:1 non-federal match in cash and/or in-kind services is strongly encouraged, and projects providing match will be more competitive. However, due to the emergency nature of the funding and immediate need for project implementation, there may be limited instances where match can be reduced or waived.

Hurricanes Webinar Recording:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For general program questions and questions about a project idea in eligible areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC): ​
Suzanne Sessine –

For questions about a project idea in eligible VA areas impacted by Hurricane Florence: ​
Claire Flynn -

For questions about a project idea in eligible areas impacted by 2018 wildlfires (CA): ​
Jim Bond –

For questions about a project idea in areas impacted by Typhoon Yutu (CNMI): ​
Kaity Goldsmith –

For questions about the online application and submission process:
​Kate Morgan –

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   California;   Florida;   Georgia;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Virginia

USA Territories: Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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