Funding for 17 New EPA Technical Assistance Centers Announced
EPA announced the selection of 17 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy that will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country access funds from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, including historic investments to advance environmental justice.
New Hampshire Sea Grant Accepting Applications for Professional Development Program
New Hampshire Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for the NH CoastWise program, a year-long, cohort-based professional development immersion program for students and professionals working on coastal resilience and marine resource research and management issues in the state. The program is offered at no cost to participants and applications are due by Monday, May 1, 2023 at 5pm ET. Visit here for more details on the program and a link to apply!
EPA Releases Self-Guided Training on Hazard Mitigation and Water Quality
EPA’s Nonpoint Source program, alongside EPA’s Watershed Academy released a web-based training “Creating Co-Benefits Through Hazard Mitigation Planning and Water Resource Management.” This training was developed with review and feedback from partners at FEMA and supports water quality and hazard mitigation professionals in integrating water quality issues, water resource management, and nature-based practices into state or local Hazard Mitigation Plans.
FEMA Releases New Hazard Mitigation Planning Policies to Address Future Risk
FEMA National Mitigation Planning Program's next generation of the State Mitigation Planning Policy Guide and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guide / Guía de políticas de planificación de mitigación a nivel local went into effect on April 19, 2023. The policies reinforce resilience as a Whole Community effort. The policies position mitigation planning to be integrated with other complementary community actions, such as climate adaptation, resilience and sustainability planning initiatives. These efforts build state and local capabilities and help jurisdictions plan for long-term risk reduction, climate change and more-equitable outcomes.
Call for Abstracts for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop
FEMA is holding their Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop virtually October 16-19, 2023.The annual gathering of hazard mitigation stakeholders is an opportunity to share updates about mitigation grants and floodplain management, build stronger partnerships, and collaborate with FEMA.Topics will focus on building mitigation champions, driving community resiliency, providing technical assistance for grant programs, and supporting overall mitigation. In line with key workshop themes, there is interest in abstracts highlighting efforts to reach or build capacity within disadvantaged communities.The call for abstracts is open until Monday, May 15, 2023.
EPA Launches New Webpage on State Revolving Loan Funds and BIL
The State Revolving Funds (SRFs) have been the successful foundation of water infrastructure investments, with states, Tribes, and territories working to steward more than $200 billion in SRF funds since 1988. That is why the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates most of these water infrastructure dollars—$43 billion—through the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs. Distributing this investment through the SRFs allows states maximum flexibility to be creative and responsive to their communities' specific needs and challenges. To procure Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, each state must publish an Intended Use Plan and then apply for funding. Each state can access five different BIL funding streams: Clean Water SRF General Supplemental funding, Clean Water SRF Emerging Contaminants funding, Drinking Water SRF General Supplemental funding, Drinking Water SRF Emerging Contaminants funding, and Drinking Water SRF Lead Service Line Replacement funding. Because each state manages these funds differently, statuses may vary across states and funding categories. Check out the new webpage to learn more about your state’s funding status.
FEMA Announces NOFO for Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF Program
FEMA has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program. Applications are due Friday, April 28, 2023. Learn more here.
NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel Seeks Nominations
NOAA is seeking nominations for members to serve on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee. The panel advises NOAA on standards and priorities for the agency’s hydrographic services, including ensuring comprehensive geographic coverage. NOAA seeks experts from state and local government, academia, and industry in fields including navigation, port administration, and coastal resource management, including coastal preparedness and emergency response. Nominations are due by email on April 28, 2023. Learn more and submit nominations here.
Michigan Coastal Management Program Calls for Pre-Proposals for Coastal Habitat Restoration and Ecosystem Land Conservation 2023 Grant
The MCMP is seeking pre-proposals in anticipation of selecting up to three projects to submit in this national competition. Pre-proposals are to be submitted to the MCMP no later than Monday June 5, 2023. The MCMP will conduct an informational webinar to cover the federal competition requirements and pre-proposal expectations. The webinar is intended for local units of government, cities, counties, villages, tribal governments, and state agencies within Michigan’s coastal counties. The webinar will be held Wednesday May 3, 2023, 1:30- 3:00 EDT. Register for the webinar here.
National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant Program
Restore America’s Estuaries, in partnership with the U.S. EPA, released the 2023 funding round of the National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant. Approximately $1 million in grants will be made available. The NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program is a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. RAE will select grantees through a two-step process: 1) letters of intent (LOI); and 2) full proposals by invitation only. Both steps are competitive and a request for full proposal does not guarantee funding. LOIs are due on Friday, May 5, 2023. Learn more here.
National Coral Reef Resilience Strategy RFI
NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program intends to develop a National Coral Reef Resilience Strategy in consultation with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The Strategy will identify data and management gaps and establish national goals for funding and research, including designation of priority areas for conservation and for restoration, incorporating elements of the existing Coral Reef Conservation Program Strategic Plan. Comments can be submitted via Regulations.gov through Monday May 8, 2023.
Coastal Program Announces 2023 New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Grant Request for Applications
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program is soliciting 2023 Coastal Resilience Grant (CRG) applications for coastal resilience projects. The CRG funding opportunity supports projects that build capacity, advance planning, and develop designs to increase coastal resilience, with specific focus on community and/or habitat resilience. Applications are due May 26, 2023. Learn more here.