Maryland Community Resiliency Grants

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is providing Community Resiliency Grants to local governments to prepare for weather-related hazards, including flooding, storm events, and sea level rise.

At least one proposal will be awarded in each of the two categories:

CoastSmart Communities

Green Infrastructure Resiliency

CoastSmart Communities provides funding for local governments to plan for future flooding caused by both tidal and rain events. Actions include incorporating lower-risk planning scenarios into everyday decision-making and adopting long-term strategic plans. CoastSmart Communities is open to all Maryland coastal communities

CoastSmart Communities also focuses on helping residents, business owners, officials and planners understand existing hazards and the actions that can be taken to maintain a community’s identity and cultural heritage.

Green Infrastructure Resiliency funding intends to help local governments plan and carry out projects to reduce localized flooding risks. Project examples include green infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, bio-retention areas, and infiltration trenches that focus on addressing floodplain and stormwater management while improving water quality. Green Infrastructure Resiliency  is open to all communities,

Applicants in either category may choose to submit a Community Resiliency Grant application in one of three areas:

understanding vulnerability and risk

updating planning responses

or carrying out risk reduction strategies and green infrastructure projects.

Projects should help communities more clearly communicate the risks associated with hazards such as flooding, storm events and sea level rise in order to better protect citizens, infrastructure and natural resources. Applications are due by March 4, 2016.

For more information, visit: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/funding/fundingopp.aspx.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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