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New CZM Coastal Resilience Grant Program [Closes 6/6/2016]

The Fiscal Year 2017 Request for Responses (RFR) is now available.
For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website.
Proposals are due by June 6.

Massachusetts coastal communities face significant risks from coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise—challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. To help address these issues, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) offered Coastal Community Resilience and Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience grants in 2014. Starting in 2016, CZM anticipates combining these grants into the Coastal Resilience Grant Program. Administered through CZM’s StormSmart Coasts program, these grants provide financial and technical support for local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, plan for changing conditions, redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and implement non-structural approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. Grants are available for a range of coastal resilience approaches—from planning, public outreach, feasibility assessment, and analysis of shoreline vulnerability to design, permitting, construction, and monitoring.

Certified 501c3 non-profits are only eligible to apply as the primary applicant for green infrastructure projects (Project category 5, “enhancing natural storm damage protection.”  See http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm/program-areas/stormsmart-coasts/grants/).  Nonprofits can also partner with municipalities on the other project types (categories 1 – 4), but for those projects the municipality must be the primary applicant.