On March 4, 2020, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the release of the 2020 Request for Proposals for the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF). It provides grant funding to restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities while also regenerating 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-partnership among NFWF, NOAA, Shell and TransRe.
NFWF will invest approximately $31 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.
- 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. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are also eligible for funding support.
Many of the projects will support natural restoration efforts proven to restore natural storm mitigation services and reduce flood risk from episodic events. NFWF seeks to enhance and further refine these activities through grants that support efforts to learn and share best practices for the greatest impact nationwide.
NFWF is also interested in funding innovative projects that seek to re-shape our thinking on how to best protect communities in light of projected environmental stressors that may go beyond neighboring habitat restoration alone, by using truly novel approaches to address these challenges.
NFWF seeks to incorporate adaptation to the projected future conditions of each investment.
For additional information about the NCRF please visit: https://www.nfwf.org/programs/national-coastal-resilience-fund.
NCRF pre-proposals are due April 8, 2020.
Photo courtesy of NFWF.