N.J. offers $250k grant program to enhance coastal resilience planning

Nuisance tidal flooding in Seaside Park, N.J. (Dominick Solazzo)

Nuisance tidal flooding in Seaside Park, N.J. (Dominick Solazzo)

New Jersey environmental officials are offering a total of $250,000 in grants to fund projects that will assist the state in helping communities prepare for storms and sea-level rise.

The Resilient NJ program seeks to identify and implement innovative regional solutions to address coastal and river-related flooding.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe says nonprofits, colleges, and university can apply.

“The work that comes out of these projects will ensure that all communities vulnerable to sea-level rise – whether along barrier islands or in urban areas along tidal rivers – have the best and latest science, guidance and tools they need to prepare for sea-level rise,” she said in a statement.

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State officials say they’ll award as many eight grants, with a minimum no less than $20,000 and a maximum up to $100,000.

Eligible projects include development of guidance documents, planning tools, training, communications and outreach plans, and research, as well as other efforts that directly support resilience planning, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is funding the grant program.

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