Many strategies for increasing climate resilience come with a price tag. Increasingly, funding for local climate adaptation and resilience projects must draw on a range of public and private financing. For instance, groups may apply for federal grant funding, work through public/private partnerships, and/or fund projects through local taxes. You can find examples of funding strategies in Funding Strategies for Flood Mitigation; Where do you get the money? from Headwaters Economics.
For developing grant proposals, we recommend NOAA's Digital Coast collection of Grant Proposal Development Resources.
To learn of funding opportunities available through the Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the CHIPS Act, a private group offers the Infrastructure (+IRA) Funding Tracker.
For your convenience, we maintain an informal list of funding opportunities below. Follow any external link to learn more.
NOAA’s Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal and Great Lakes States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative - Funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act
Sea Grant and the NOAA Climate Program Office, with support from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, seek to establish programs aimed at placing people across the country into good jobs that advance climate resilience and assisting employers in developing a 21st-century workforce that is climate literate, informed by climate resilience, and skilled at addressing consequent challenges. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states, tribes, and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience.
NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000-$10 million each. NOAA expects projects to range in duration from 24 months to 48 months, beginning no earlier than August 1, 2024. This opportunity is open to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states or territories. Resources from NOAA’s Climate Program Office, Office for Coastal Management, and National Sea Grant Office and its partners will be available to provide technical assistance to applicants and recipients to support these innovative efforts. Applications are due by February 13, 2024.
National Coastal Zone Management Program - Funding available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
This program is soliciting grant proposals from eligible state and territory Coastal Zone Management Programs (CZM Programs) for coastal habitat restoration; coastal habitat restoration planning, engineering, and design; and land conservation projects that support the goals and intent of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP), and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
NOAA anticipates that approximately $59.6 million will be competitively awarded to approved state and territory Coastal Management Programs. For habitat restoration engineering, design and planning, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $200,000-$500,000. For habitat restoration, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $2 million to $6 million. For land conservation, it is anticipated that projects will range from approximately $1 million to $4 million. Applicants may propose projects with a Federal funding request less than or more than these amounts, up to $6 million. Applications are due by August 14, 2023.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System Habitat Protection and Restoration - Funding available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
By funding designated Reserve agencies and universities to conduct land acquisition and habitat restoration projects that support the NERRS mission, NOAA will strengthen protection of key land and water areas, improve climate resilience, enhance long-term protection of Reserve areas for research and education, and support the habitat protection goals and priorities of the National Coastal Zone Management Act.
Funding under this opportunity will enable Reserves to protect and restore ecologically significant habitats, including conserving lands that play a critical role in helping coastal communities become more resilient to storms, flooding, inundation, erosion, tsunamis, sea level rise and lake level changes and other natural hazards affecting the U.S. coastlines. Applications are due by January 10, 2024.
NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge - Funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act
This funding opportunity will support collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions with an emphasis on risk reduction, regional collaboration, equity, and building enduring capacity. The Challenge features two exclusive funding tracks designed to meet the needs of coastal communities wherever they are in the resilience and adaptation process.
- Regional Collaborative Building and Strategy Development (Track One) supports building capacity for, development of, and collaboration on transformational resilience and adaptation strategies for coastal communities.
- Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions (Track Two) supports implementation of transformational resilience and adaptation strategies and associated actions for coastal communities anchored in previous planning efforts.
Applications are due by August 21, 2023.
Climate Resilience Accelerator Program - Funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act
This program seeks to fund accelerator entities that will support businesses navigating commercialization pathways for ocean-based climate resilience solutions that support NOAA’s mission to help communities prepare for, adapt to, and build resilience to climate challenges.
NOAA has developed climate resilience theme areas that align with the U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan, and expects results of this opportunity to support relevant actions, such as:
- Maintain and expand ocean basic and applied research, observing networks, modeling, forecasting, synthesis, and technology development.
- Develop new and innovative technologies and information pathways for ocean climate action.
- Expand coastal mapping, monitoring, observational systems, research, and modeling to inform science-based decision-making capabilities and advance use of nature-based solutions. Notice of Federal Funding.
- Advance research, technologies, and observation systems to support climate-ready marine resources and communities.
- Enhance community resilience to ocean change by developing ocean-based solutions that help communities adapt and thrive in our changing climate.
Applications are due by September 11, 2023.
National Integrated Heat Health Information System - Funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act
NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) is seeking applications for three individual competitions in FY23. These competitions are relevant to one of the high-priority climate risk areas CPO is focusing on to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes: Extreme Heat.
This announcement is also supportive of NOAA’s FY22-26 Strategic Plan, particularly strategic goals of 1) Building a Climate Ready Nation and 2) Making Equity Central to NOAA’s Mission.
Applications are due by October 16, 2023.
This program is a competition to select multiple Grantmakers around the nation to reduce barriers to the federal grants application process communities face and increase the efficiency of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Grantmakers will design competitive application and submission processes, award environmental justice subgrants, implement a tracking and reporting system, provide resources and support to communities, all in collaboration with EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. Requests for applications are due June 30, 2023.
Planning, technical assistance, and capacity-building support offered through this program will enable disadvantaged and under-resourced communities to advance transformative infrastructure projects that will increase mobility, reduce pollution, and expand affordable transportation options, connecting communities to the essential opportunities and resources that will help them thrive.
The Forest Service is making up to $1 billion available in Urban and Community Forestry competitive grants for investments that:
- increase equitable access to urban tree canopy and associated human health, environmental and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities
- broaden community engagement in local urban forest planning
- improve community and urban forest resilience to climate change, pests, and storm events through best management and maintenance practices
Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program with funds apportioned directly to State departments of transportation to help make surface transportation more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through support of planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a transformational opportunity to make an impact against the climate crisis across the country through multiple funding opportunities. It provides nearly $3 billion for NOAA to take action over 5 years in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and weather forecasting infrastructure.
This tool helps users to find and research federal disaster recovery resources that would be beneficial in pre-disaster recovery planning or in the wake of a disaster.
Communities interested in pursuing nature-based solutions to environmental issues can explore federal funding opportunities and technical assistance resources in this interactive database.
This interactive website compiles grant, finance, and technical assistance support opportunities into a user-friendly database that helps communities identify and prioritize opportunities to fund flood resilience.
USDA is committed to supporting a diverse set of farmers, ranchers, and forest owners through climate solutions that increase resilience, expand market opportunities and strengthen rural America. The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity provides up to $1 billion for pilot projects that create market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices.
This fund supports applied, on-the-ground projects focused on achieving wildlife and ecosystem conservation outcomes in the face of a changing climate. Specifically, they select one to two-year projects that implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale. The Program Timeline starts with the release of the annual RFP in February.
This page describes support that may be available through federal agencies for drought research and for building resilience to the short- and long-term impacts of drought. Links on the page lead to information regarding financial and technical assistance, disaster assistance programs, economic injury loans, and assistance in implementing conservation practices.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities occasionally offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment.
The Kresge Foundation Environment Program seeks to help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. They invest in climate resilience through two primary strategies:
- Accelerating place-based innovation through support to efforts that are anchored in cities and have a strong potential to serve as models.
- Building the climate-resilience field by supporting activities to disseminate and bring to scale promising climate-resilience approaches.
The Resilient Landscapes Initiative, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, offers two types of grants for specified locations in the eastern United States. The group’s Capital Grants help land trusts and public agencies increase the conservation of resilient landscapes in areas that represent critical climate priorities. The group’s Catalyst Grants help land trusts and public agencies build the knowledge base of key audiences and advance the practical application of climate science.
The Georgetown Climate Center offers links to a large number of current and past opportunities to obtain support for adaptation activities.
Last modified: 11 July, 2023