Coastal Resilience Grant Program

Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Grant amount: Up to US $750,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 3, 2020 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Barnstable County, Bristol County, Dukes County, Essex County, Nantucket County Show all

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Coastal Resilience Grant Program

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, CZM administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program to provide financial and technical support for local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, identify and map vulnerabilities, conduct adaptation planning, redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and implement non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. Managed through CZM’s StormSmart Coasts program, 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.

What types of projects are funded?

Eligible projects must fall under one (or more) of the following five categories:

  1. Detailed Vulnerability and Risk Assessment - Projects that map and evaluate vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure using best available techniques, data, and climate projections. Proposals to model flooding and erosion impacts from future coastal storms, taking into account sea level rise, waves, and natural systems, and evaluate the socioeconomic impacts are encouraged. Communities interested in assessing other extreme weather, natural, and climate-related hazards, are encouraged to apply to the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.
  2. Public Education and Communication - Projects that increase public understanding of climate impacts and develop support for long-term management measures and other climate adaptation actions to address coastal impacts. Creative communication products that provide ongoing benefits and can be adopted by other communities and non-profit organizations are encouraged.
  3. Local Bylaws, Adaptation Plans, and Other Management Measures - Projects to develop, amend, and implement community-based resilience plans, local ordinances, bylaws, standards, zoning, and other land use planning tools or management measures to reduce the exposure of existing and future development and infrastructure to coastal storm damages and climate impacts. Projects that result in formal local adoption are strongly encouraged.
  4. Redesigns and Retrofits - Engineering and construction projects that produce designs and plans, and retrofit vulnerable municipally-owned facilities and infrastructure (e.g., seawalls, wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and critical municipal roadways/evacuation routes) to withstand flooding and erosion over the design life given higher tides, greater storm surges, and more intense precipitation. Projects that relocate public facilities and infrastructure to outside hazardous areas or remove them entirely from hazardous areas, where feasible, are strongly encouraged.
  5. Nature-based Storm-Damage Protection Techniques - Coastal green infrastructure or living shoreline projects that evaluate project suitability, design, permit, construct, and/or monitor non-structural approaches to enhance or create natural erosion and flood protection services provided by public beaches, dunes, coastal banks, salt marshes, shellfish, and other habitat types. Projects must specifically address documented erosion and flooding issues that impact community facilities and infrastructure.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Coastal Resilience Grant Program is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone.
  • Certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that own vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public are also eligible for funding for public education and communication efforts, local bylaws, adaptation plans, or other management measures, and nature-based storm-damage protection (or green infrastructure) projects (project categories #2, 3 and 5 above).