September 2014 Opportunity for Communities

Coastal Resilience Technical Assistance Funding!

Each year, coastal communities in New Hampshire experience coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, and natural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. These impacts are projected to worsen and broaden with the effects of climate change. To help communities address these challenges, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program is requesting letters of intent (LOI) for potential coastal resilience technical assistance projects.

 

The top priority for this funding opportunity is to support projects that address coastal hazards in New Hampshire communities, including projects that reduce the risk from future damage as well as increase public understanding of vulnerabilities and opportunities to reduce risk. Examples of eligible projects include community public outreach campaigns, vulnerability assessments, culvert replacements, and green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology.

Culvert assessment and replacement prioritization is an eligible project

A total amount of $200,000 is available. Applicants can be awarded $25,000-100,000 per contract.

 

Proposed work must take place in one or more of the 17 coastal zone communities. (See a map of the coastal zone .) Eligible applicants include municipalities, state agencies, regional planning commissions, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.  A one-to-one match in non-federal funds and/or in-kind services is required.

 

For more information on eligibility and submittal requirements view the full request for LOI.

 

LOI should be emailed to steven.couture@des.nh.gov by 4:00 pm on September 29, 2014.

 

The funds are available to the Coastal Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. For further assistance, please contact Coastal Program Manager Steven Couture at (603) 271-8801 or steven.couture@des.nh.gov.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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