The National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) funds conservation projects to restore or expand natural features to lessen the impacts of natural disasters. NCRF has four focus areas: (1) community capacity building and planning, (2) project site assessment and preliminary design, (3) final project design and permitting, and (4) restoration and monitoring.

Eligible Uses

Projects must be located within coastal areas within U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and U.S. Territories and Tribal lands. See a map of NCRF’s geographic footprint here. All projects must demonstrate a dual benefit to coastal communities and habitats and address the following priorities: (1) nature-based solutions, (2) community resilience benefit, (3) fish and wildlife benefit. Priority is given to projects that are innovative, transferable, and sustainable, that demonstrate benefit to underserved communities and that include direct community engagement.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include non-profit, state, territory, local governments, tribes, tribal organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit businesses.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $492 million for this program over five years. $140 million is available in 2022, with no maximum limit on award amounts for individual grants and awards varying significantly depending on the project.

Community capacity building and planning, site assessment and preliminary design, and final design and permitting projects are expected to be in the range of $100,000 to $1 million.

Restoration implementation projects are expected to be in the range of $1 million to $10 million. U.S. Dept. of Defense (DOD) may contribute up to an additional $15 million to support coastal resilience projects that benefit military installations and are considered “non-federal” matching funds.

Cost Share Requirements

Non-federal match of cash and/or in-kind goods and services is encouraged to demonstrate project support, but it is not required.

Application Cycle

  • Request For Proposals released: March
  • Applications Due: late Spring (April/May)
  • Full proposal invitations: Early Summer (June)
  • Awards Announced: November


Other Info

NCRF is a collaboration between NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and other governmental and private partners.