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Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund

Grand Isle, Louisiana, following Hurricane Ida

The Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund was established to increase the resilience of coastal communities located within federally declared disaster areas impacted by hurricanes and wildfires. The fund supports conservation projects that strengthen natural systems at a scale that will protect coastal communities from the future impacts of storms, wildfires and associated natural hazards, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species.

The Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF) is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with additional support from the Bezos Earth Fund that supports projects that build resilience for coastal communities impacted by natural disasters. The first round of funding was directed toward communities that received a federal disaster declaration in 2018 as a result of the impacts of hurricanes Michael and Florence, Typhoon Yutu, and catastrophic wildfires. The second round of funding was directed toward communities that received a federal Major Disaster Declaration with a Public Assistance designation in 2020 or 2021 as a result of hurricanes or wildfires. As coastal communities work to rebuild following the devastation caused by these disaster events, the fund provides needed funding for projects that protect community assets and restore critical habitats for fish and wildlife.

To date the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund has awarded over $73.6 million to 43 coastal resilience projects that will benefit communities impacted by natural disaster events.

Goals

The ECRF seeks to fund shovel-ready projects to improve wildlife habitat that also improves community resilience and recovery both in and around impacted areas. Program goals include:

  • Help recover from 2020 and 2021 disasters, as well as reduce the impact of future disasters and associated natural hazards to coastal communities; and 
  • Improve the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal ecosystems to enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Geographic Focus 

Eligible projects must be located within the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) Coastal Areas and be within counties that received a federal Major Disaster Declaration with a Public Assistance designation as a result of hurricanes or wildfires in 2020 and 2021.

Application Information


02/04/2022 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund 2021 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
11/17/2021 California Wildfires Map View Now
12/16/2021 Gulf Coast Map: Disaster-declared Counties and Parishes View Now
11/17/2021 North Carolina Map: Hurricane-Affected Areas View Now
12/16/2021 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Map: Hurricane-Affected Areas View Now
11/17/2021 Pacific Northwest Map: Wildfires View Now
11/16/2021 ECRF Monitoring Metrics and Protocols View Now
01/24/2020 Digital Coast Resources View Now
06/06/2022 2022 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
06/06/2022 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
12/10/2019 Map: National Coastal Resilience Fund Footprint View Website
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Southern Coastal Programs

Director, Southern Regional Office

Coordinator, Coastal Resilience