MA Coastal Resilience Grant Program - Natural Storm-Damage Protection Techniques

Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: May 25, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

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

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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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) 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.

There are five categories of projects. Non-profits are only eligibly for Project Type #5: Natural Storm-Damage Protection Techniques. 

Natural Storm-Damage Protection Techniques

Coastal green infrastructure projects that evaluate, design, permit, and implement natural or nature-based (hybrid) approaches to restore, enhance, or create natural erosion and flood protection services provided by public beaches, dunes, coastal banks, salt marshes, shellfish, and other habitat types. Projects that add sediment to restore beach systems and reduce adverse impacts in areas armored with seawalls and revetments are strongly encouraged.

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 with vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public are also eligible for funding for natural storm-damage protection (or green infrastructure) projects.
  • Applicants are required to provide at least 25% of the total project cost.