Huffman Announces $1.4 Billion for Coastal Communities, Climate Resilience

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Huffman Helped Pass Will Help Coastal Communities

June 29, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced $1.467 billion in funding to address the nation’s climate crisis and support priorities identified in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through the launch of the Biden-Harris administration’s Climate Ready Coasts initiative. The initiative will be administered and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) existing programs.

“Coastal ecosystems and communities are an integral part of our nation’s economy, and we have a responsibility to be effective stewards of these invaluable places. Restoration projects and investments in natural infrastructure support healthy ecosystems while providing job opportunities, benefitting the outdoor recreation economy, and mitigating the impacts of climate change,” said Rep. Huffman. “The projects supported by this funding will ensure the health and resilience of coastal ecosystems, benefiting the wildlife, communities, and economies that depend on them.” 

The Climate Ready Coasts initiative will increase resilience through landscape-scale habitat restoration in coastal ecosystems nationwide and promote coastal resilience in underserved coastal communities as well as those most vulnerable to climate impacts. It includes seven Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) and three Requests For Applications (RFAs):

  • Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants ($85 Million)
  • Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities ($10 Million)
  • Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($35 Million)
  • Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity Building ($5 Million) RFA
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants ($12 Million)
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System Habitat Protection and Restoration Capacity Building ($3 Million) RFA
  • Marine Debris Removal Grants ($56 Million)
  • Marine Debris Challenge Competition ($16 Million)
  • Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions ($3 Million)
  • Reducing the impacts of marine debris within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM)($1 Million)  RFA

Additional details, including the Notice of Funding Opportunities, can be found here: https://www.noaa.gov/infrastructure-law   

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