Northeast Regional Ocean Council grant available

September 24, 2013

The Coastal Service Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Northeast  Regional Ocean Council (NROC), seeks proposals from Coastal Communities in New England to improve resilience to coastal storms and effects of sea level rise.

Specifically NROC seeks to fund activities that meet the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) to improve participation in the this flood insurance rate reduction program and prevent coastal storm damages. Eligible activities enhance a community’s public information, mapping, regulatory, flood damage reduction, and flood preparedness efforts. Pilot projects will be selected from the five New England States: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The selected communities will be awarded up to $20,000 each over 10 months and serve as models for other coastal communities looking to address coastal storm impacts and participate in CRS or maintain or enhance their rating.

Eligible activities that NROC could fund and support, include, but are not limited to:

  1. Public Information: elevation certificates and brochures
  2. Mapping and Regulations: flood data collection/maintenance and maintenance of elevation reference marks
  3. Flood Damage Reduction: comprehensive flood hazard management planning and minor flood protection projects
  4. Flood Preparedness: public flood warning system

Maximum grant award per municipality with be $20,000 and awards range from $5,000-$20,000.

NROC anticipates awarding a total of $80,000 to coastal municipalities across New England for direct support and consultant services.

Full Program Statement and Applications available for download here.

WCCOG staff is available to assist you with your questionnaire and application - call the office at 454-0465 or via e-mail to Judy East (jceast@wccog.net)