Federal grants available for coastal climate change projects

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SEATTLE — The state’s coastal communities at risk from climate change are eligible for $225 million in federal grants.

Cities, counties and tribes can apply for coastal resilience projects under the Climate Ready Coasts initiative.

The funding comes from the $2.855 billion earmarked for salmon habitat restoration and coastal resilience in the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Act, said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, Senate committee chair commerce, science and transport. Release.

These programs are part of a $2.855 billion investment in salmon habitat restoration and coastal resilience in the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Act that was signed into law last year.

All of these sources of funding will be available to Washington State’s Orca and Salmon Recovery Networks, non-profit organizations, local and state agencies, and tribal governments.

Funding options are:

• Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants ($85 million) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will accept proposals for projects with an estimated federal cost of between $1 million and $15 million. The application deadline is September 6.

• Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities ($10 million) — NOAA will accept proposals for projects estimated to cost the federal government between $250,000 and $500,000. The application deadline is September 30.

• Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($35 million) – Letters of Intent must be received by July 29, 2022. NOAA will accept project proposals from engineering, design and planning between $200,000 and $500,000; habitat restoration projects between $2 and $6 million; and land conservation projects between $1 million and $4 million over the award period.

Applicants may propose projects with a request for federal funding below or above these amounts, up to a maximum of $6 million.

• Building Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity ($5 million) — Provides up to $450,000 in funding over the duration of this three-year award. Of this total, up to $150,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2022, an additional $150,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2023, and $150,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2024. The application deadline is July 30.

• National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($12 million) — Letters of Intent must be submitted by July 29.

NOAA will accept from the lead state agency or university designated by NERRS proposals with a federal funding level for engineering, design, and project planning between $200,000 and $350,000 $; habitat restoration projects between $2 and $4 million; land conservation projects between $500,000 and $1.5 million over the award period.

Applicants may propose projects with a request for federal funding below or above these amounts, up to a maximum of $4 million.

• National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity Building ($3 million) – NERRS-designated lead agency or university may apply for up to $300,000 $ funding for the duration of this three-year scholarship. Of this total, up to $100,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2022, an additional $100,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2023, and $100,000 may be awarded in fiscal year 2024.

The application deadline is July 30.

• Marine Debris Removal Grants ($56 million): NOAA will accept proposals with funding levels between $150,000 and $15 million over the award period. The application deadline is September 30.

• Marine Debris Challenge Competition ($16 million) — The National Sea Grant Office expects to fund between five and 12 projects lasting up to three years. Applicants can request up to $3 million. Letters of Intent are open until August 9.

• Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions ($3 million) — The National Sea Grant Office is planning approximately $3 million in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to fund between five and 12 Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions .

Applicants can request up to $300,000. Letters of intent are open until August 16.

For information see www.noaa.gov/climate-resilience-funding.

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