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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Educational Institutions to Prepare Coastal Regions for Natural Disasters

National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF)


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Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaCaliforniaConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiNew HampshireNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaTexasVirginiaWashingtonWisconsin
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/12/23
Deadline: 06/28/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, tribal and local governments, and educational institutions to assist coastal regions in preparing for natural disasters. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal.

NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and implementation of natural and nature-based solutions. The goal is to enhance protections for coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural coastal hazards and to improve habitats for fish and wildlife.

NFWF will award grants to create and restore natural systems to increase protection for communities from current and future coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species. The availability of federal funds estimated in this solicitation is contingent upon the federal appropriations process; funding decisions will be made based on level of funding and timing of when it is received by NFWF.

Natural habitats 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 natural coastal hazards, including rising sea- and lake- levels, changing flood patterns, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and other environmental stressors. NFWF’s regional coastal resilience assessments identify areas, called Resilience Hubs, where natural resource restoration efforts will have the greatest impact for human community resilience and fish and wildlife. 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). 

Award decisions will be made based on regional circumstances and needs, but all proposals must address the following priorities:

  • Nature-Based Solutions
  • Community Resilience Benefit
  • Fish and Wildlife Benefit

Further priority will be given to projects that demonstrate:

  • Community Impact and Engagement
  • Innovation, Transferability and Sustainability

More about the priorities can be found at

Project Categories

To implement these program priorities, NFWF funds activities in four categories designed to advance a project through NFWF’s “project pipeline” from planning to implementation: 1) Community Capacity Building and Planning; 2) Site Assessment and Preliminary Design; 3) Final Design and Permitting; 4) Restoration Implementation. More about these categories can be found starting at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, educational institutions, or commercial (for-profit) organizations.
- Tribal governments include all Native American tribal governments (both federally recognized tribes and those tribes that are not federally recognized).
- For-profit applicants: please note that this is a request for grant proposals, not a procurement of goods and services; see the Budget section below for specific cost considerations.

- As this program will award grants of Federal financial assistance funds, applicants must be able to comply with the OMB guidance in subparts A through F of 2 CFR 200 (OMB Uniform Guidance).

Additional Geographic Information:

The NCRF is a national program focused on enhancement of resilience for coastal communities. Projects must be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and U.S. territories and tribal lands. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, the eligible project area is defined as all coastal Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watersheds that drain to the sea and any adjacent HUC 8 watersheds that are particularly low-lying or tidally influenced (“coastal areas”); a map of the NCRF geographic footprint can be found at

Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, foreign organizations, foreign public entities and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Proposal Webinar:
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

Register at:

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Proposal Webinar: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET
- Full Proposal Invitations: Mid to End of May 2023
- Full Proposal by Invite Only Due Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET

Non-federal match: Non-federal match10 is not required, but is encouraged to demonstrate broad support for the project

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Average awards: There is no maximum limit on the award amounts that can be requested for individual grants. The amount requested for an individual project should reflect the scope and needs of the project proposed. NFWF expects that average awards for projects involving Community Capacity Building and Planning, Site Assessment and Preliminary Design, and Final Design and Permitting to be in the range of $100,000 to $1,000,000. For Restoration Implementation Projects, NFWF expects the average awards to be in the range of $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. However, it is expected that awards will vary significantly in amount based on the scope of the project, the work proposed, and regional variation in costs. Given available funding, proposals for larger scale, more comprehensive projects that are designed for greater impact are likely to be more competitive.

Contact Information
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