The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) yesterday announced the release of the 2021 Request for Proposals for the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF), which provides grant funding to restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife.
This year, Congress has again provided funding under Title IX of the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act allowing grants to be awarded through the NCRF, a public-private partnership between NFWF, NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Division, the U.S. Department of Defense, AT&T, Occidental, Shell Oil Company and TransRe.
NFWF will invest approximately $34 million in grants to create, expand and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species.
NFWF will invest in projects in four focus areas:
- Community Capacity Building and Planning
- Project Site Assessment and Preliminary Design
- Project Final Design and Permitting
- Project Restoration and Monitoring
Projects funded will be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.