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Funding Opportunity: National Coastal Resilience Fund
2021 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Pre-Proposal Webinar (register here): Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
Pre-Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
Full Proposal Invitations: Mid-May 2021
Full Proposal by Invite Only Due Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife. Natural habitat such as coastal marshes and wetlands, coastal forests, rivers, lakes, and streams, dune and beach systems, and oyster and coral reefs — maintained at a significant size for the habitat type and natural hazard being addressed — can 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’s regional coastal resilience assessments seek to identify areas where natural resource restoration efforts will have the greatest impact for human community resilience, as well as for fish and wildlife, and identifies these types of natural areas as Resilience Hubs. Projects need not be located in an area identified by NFWF as a Resilience Hub to be eligible, but applicants may find this tool useful to assess projects based on the dual benefits to habitats and human communities. Applicants may explore Resilience Hubs on the Coastal Resilience and Evaluation Siting Tool (CREST). NFWF will award approximately $34 million in grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species.
NFWF will invest in projects in four priority areas:
● Community Capacity Building and Planning
● Site Assessment and Preliminary Design
● Final Design and Permitting
● Restoration and Monitoring
In every priority area, NFWF is also interested in funding projects that seek to re-shape our thinking on how to protect communities in light of projected environmental stressors and use innovative approaches. Read more about NFWF’s coastal resilience assessment.
NFWF seeks to advance projects that include adaptation to projected future environmental conditions, so that these individual projects are resilient into the future.