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National Coastal Resilience Fund

National Coastal Resilience Fund

Restored coastal ecosystems provide valuable habitat for fish and wildlife. These same wetlands, dunes, and coral reefs also offer flood protection for coastal communities by lessening wave energy and absorbing excess waters.

This approach is at the heart of this competitive grants program, a partnership between NOAA, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other governmental and private sector partners. Funded projects cover the spectrum of nature-based infrastructure efforts, and include project planning, design, and implementation. Background information about the program can be found on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's website.

2021

On November 18, 2021, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA announced $39.5 million to fund 49 projects under the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund.

The projects will restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure—the landscapes that help absorb the impacts of storms and floods—to ultimately protect coastal communities from storm and flooding impacts and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. The total investment, including non-federal match, is nearly $97.8 million.

Project descriptions and additional information can be found here.

Three workers setting and hammering boards into the sand in Puerto Rico. A sand dune covered in vegetation is in the background.
Installation of sand-trapping devices to restore coastal dunes in Isabela, Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Dr. Robert Mayer, University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla

2020

  • 46 projects funded.
  • $37 million in funding from this program.
  • Total investment, including non-federal match from grantees: $92 million.
  • Program partners: NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Division, U.S. Department of Defense, AT&T, Shell, TransRe.
  • Read the project descriptions for more information.

2020 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund

Special competition for areas that received presidential disaster declarations due to Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, and the coastal California wildfires in 2018.

  • 27 projects funded.
  • $48.5 million in funding from this program.
  • Total investment, including non-federal match from grantees: $116 million.
  • Read the project descriptions for more information.

2019

  • 44 projects funded.
  • $29.3 million in funding from this program.
  • Total investment, including non-federal match from grantees: $89 million.
  • Program partners: NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Shell, TransRe.
  • Read the project descriptions for more information.

2018

  • 35 projects funded.
  • $28.9 million in funding for projects through the program.
  • Total investment, including non-federal match from grantees: $67 million.
  • Program partners: NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Shell, TransRe.
  • Read the project descriptions for more information.

NOTE: For information about a previous program, the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program, please visit this webpage.