NOAA has announced two coastal resilience grant opportunities! Deadlines for both grant opportunities are in July 2015. Read below for details:
1) NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) has released a call for proposals for the new Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. The program will support regional approaches to build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Eligible applicants include: nonprofit organizations, private entities, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. Each proposal may request between $500,000 to $1 million in federal funds. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 24, 2015. For more information, click here.
2) NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced a Federal Funding Opportunity of up to $4 million for Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants. The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency grants will fund implementation of on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that directly builds resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 2, 2015. For more information, click here.
For more information about these grants, contact CHRN members Jamie Mooney or Bobbak Talebi.
Utilization of the buzzer-word "Resilience" has gained momentum within the field of emergency management, extreme weather, climate change adaptation, and coastal community development and management, especially in the last few years. In 2013, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to provide guidance in determining key actions the Federal Government can take to better support state, local, tribal and territorial leaders working to make their communities more resilient to climate change. But what does it mean to be resilient? What does being resilient look like? How do we measure it? There are numerous definitions and theories that have been and are currently being developed to answer these questions. But instead of analyzing theories, we can learn of the different efforts currently happening, especially at a local level. Below is a short list of articles released in the last month that illustrate some local strategies for community resilience.
Planning for earthquake and tsunami recovery:
Oregon working towards a program to make seismic upgrades easier to prepare for earthquakes
Strategy for relocation of La Push:
Nature Conservancy purchases land for habitat protection:
In Puget Sound, Federal, state, and county partners are implementing an innovative approach to accelerate conservation and resilience of natural resources and communities in coastal watersheds:
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