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National Coastal Resilience Fund

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $3,000,000

Anticipated deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, Lake County, Counties in Indiana: DeKalb County, Elkhart County, Kosciusko County Expand all

Location of residency: United States


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the National Coastal Resilience Fund. Projects funded under this national program will provide benefits to communities, as well as for fish and wildlife. In partnership with NOAA, NFWF will make investments to advance identified priorities for restoring and strengthening natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms and floods and enable them to recover more quickly, while also enhancing habitats for important fish and wildlife populations.

Contiguous areas of natural habitat such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, and coastal forests and rivers and streams -- maintained at a significant size for the habitat type -- provide communities with enhanced protection and buffering from the growing impacts of sea-level rise, changing flood patterns, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and other environmental stressors. NFWF identifies these types of natural areas as “Resiliency Hubs1 ” – areas where natural resource restoration efforts will have the greatest impact for human community resilience, as well as for fish and wildlife – and have prioritized these areas that provide dual benefits under this program.  

NFWF will award up to $30 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, flooding, and coastal erosion and improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in two focus areas:
  • Project Planning and Design
  • Project Implementation

This program is funded by and closely coordinated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and will include input from other federal agencies and outside experts.

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