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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, and for-profits in multiple states for habitat recovery efforts following storms and wildfires. Funding is intended to build the resilience of communities located in coastal areas. Projects in counties that received disaster declarations for multiple events may be prioritized. Eligible projects must be located within the outlined National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) Coastal Areas and be within counties that received a federal Major Disaster Declaration with a Public Assistance designation as a result of hurricanes or wildfires in 2020 and 2021. Applicants must be in one of the eligible counties of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
NFWF will award grants to create and restore natural systems to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms, floods, sea-level rise, inundation, coastal erosion, wildfires and associated landslides/debris flows, and enable communities to recover more quickly from these events, all while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species.At a minimum, all proposals must clearly describe how projects will support achieving the dual goals of the ECRF: Relative benefit to coastal communities from reducing the impact of future storms and other natural hazards (e.g., coastal storm surge, sea-level rise, wave velocity, flooding, debris flow/landslides as result of wildfires, 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. All proposals should provide a clear timeline for proposed project activities and major milestones.Eligible projects include ecosystem restoration projects and the construction of natural and nature-based features, where tangible community resilience and conservation outcomes can be measured. Restoration projects should advance resilience goals (e.g., reduction of storm-surge impacts), community goals (e.g., protecting critical assets), and conservation goals (e.g., creation of habitat for native species). Projects may include, but are not limited to: marsh, beach and dune restoration; living shorelines; stream restoration, including aquatic connectivity projects that reduce flood risk; innovative stormwater management; hazardous fuel reduction to prevent wildfire and revegetation to prevent debris flow
Grant requests should be appropriate to the scope and scale of the project. NFWF expects most awards for this project category to range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 and anticipates awards will vary significantly in amount based on the scope of the project and the work proposed. Proposals for larger, more comprehensive projects that are designed for greater impact are likely to be most competitive.