Climate-Ready Coasts and Communities

What does this funding get me?

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding of $2.6 billion to be spent on direct federal spending, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance.

Eligible uses include: 

  • Conservation restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for extreme storms and other changing climate conditions
  • Projects that support natural resources that sustain coastal and marine resource-dependent communities, and related administrative expenses.

NOAA’s Climate-Ready Coasts and Communities program includes:

Am I eligible?

Coastal states (as defined in the Coastal Zone Management Act), the District of Columbia, Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, local governments, and institutions of higher education. 

How can I access the money?

Click the specific program links above to find application instructions. NOAA will work with state, local, and Tribal governments, Tribes, Tribal and Native organizations, nonprofits, and the private sector in coastal and Great Lakes communities to develop and support durable, local capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, while growing economies, protecting fisheries, addressing environmental justice, and developing a climate-ready workforce.

What is the timeline?

Funds will be available until September 30, 2026.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

None at this time.

Where can I get more information?

  • Climate-Ready Coasts and Communities initiatives
  • News release announcing the program
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For questions about updates to this program, please email Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.