Resources for

Planning

Funding

: May 25, 2024

$500 - $1,000

Seed Grants Program

Awards small grants in support of grassroots efforts and community-based environmental work in New England. The Grassroots Fund utilizes participatory grantmaking to move resources to New England grassroots groups working at the intersections of Environmental Justice. The program is geared toward groups who have some experience implementing a project in their community. Grants support groups to deepen their work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders, and working to bring more voices and lived experiences into core decision-making processes.

Water Quality
Green Infrastructure
Marine Debris
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Erosion
Stormwater Management
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Feb 22 – Apr 10, 2024

$100,000 - $10M

National Coastal Resilience Fund 2024

The NCRF is a national program with the goal of enhancing protection for coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural coastal hazards and to improve habitats for fish and wildlife. This year, NFWF will award approximately $140 million in grants for the planning, design, and implementation of natural and nature-based solutions.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Aquatic Resources
Extreme Weather & Storms
Community Engagement
Wetlands

Guidance Tool

CTDEEP Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document

The CTDEEP document provides information about the many ways individuals, property owners, and communities can help protect Connecticut’s tidal wetlands.  

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Wetlands

Funding

: Oct 12 – Dec 15, 2023

$800M total available

FY23 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program – New York

The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program is a competitive program that provides funding to states, federally recognized Tribal governments, U.S. territories, and local governments. Since the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 was signed into law, funds are used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Flooding
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: Oct 12 – Dec 15, 2023

$1B total available

FY23 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grants (BRIC) – New York

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. The BRIC program’s guiding principles are to support communities through capability and capacity building, encourage and enable innovation; promote partnerships, enable large projects, maintain flexibility, and provide consistency.

Flooding
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: Nov 28 – Feb 24, 2024

up to $50,000

New York Climate Resilience Grant Program

The Climate Resilience Grant Program (CRGP) offers grants for projects that contribute to a world where people and nature can thrive. The goal of the program is to support partners in protecting the lands and waters critical for adapting to climate change. As climate change drives ecosystem instability, plants and animals are shifting their ranges northward. TNC has resources to support the conservation of climate resilient lands.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Planning
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

Guidance Tool

Level of Effort:

Resilient Connecticut: Climate Resilient Zoning

Guidance and training modules for Connecticut Zoning changes to address climate vulnerabilities. On the website there are examples of zoning policies municipalities could modify and/or adopt to enhance local climate resilience. Where applicable, model ordinances and examples of where the policies have been adopted are included.

Flooding
Land Use
Sea Level Rise
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations
Wetlands

Guidance Tool

Level of Effort:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA’s) Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA’s) Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework, 3rd Edition, is a guide and collection of resources for use in analyzing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure. Its purpose is to identify key considerations, questions, and resources that can be used to design and implement a climate change vulnerability assessment. The processes, lessons learned, and resources outlined in the framework are geared toward state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies involved in planning, building, or maintaining the transportation system. It includes suggestions and examples applicable to a wide range of applications, from small qualitative studies to large, detailed, data-intensive analyses. The resources included in the framework will be added to and updated over time.

Flooding
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms

Mapper

Level of Effort:

CT ECO Lower Long Island Sound Watershed Land Cover Viewer

The Long Island Sound Watershed Land Cover Viewer contains all dates of land cover as well as Change To, Change From, Riparian Area Land Cover, and Impervious Surface Estimate layers. It also has many layers where HUC 12 watersheds are colored based on a single land cover. 

Habitat
Land Use
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Wetlands

Mapper

Level of Effort:

CT ECO Advanced Viewer

Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) is the collaborative work of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)  and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) to share environmental and natural resource information with the general public. CT ECO’s mission is to encourage, support, and promote informed land use and development decisions in Connecticut by providing local, state and federal agencies, and the general public with convenient access to the most up-to-date and complete natural resource information available statewide.

CT ECO includes a variety of online maps and tools for viewing Connecticut’s environmental and natural resources as well as high resolution aerial imagery, elevation data, and land cover. The Advanced Map Viewer provides flexibility to turn on and off layers of the map.

Habitat
Land Use
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Wetlands

Mapper

Level of Effort:

Connecticut Sea Level Rise Effects on Roads & Marshes

To better understand how Connecticut’s coastal area marshes and roads may respond to sea level rise (SLR), Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) was applied to Connecticut’s shoreline by Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. This viewer displays the model’s results for Connecticut’s 21 largest marshes and all coastal area roads. For marshes, SLAMM was run two hundred times using alternative model inputs for key model parameters, including various SLR scenarios, to produce probability based results of likely future marsh conditions. For roads, the model uses a single SLR scenario of about 4.2 feet by 2100 from the base year of 2002. The Sea Level Rise Effects on Roads and Marshes projects is a project between CT DEEP and UConn CLEAR.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Infrastructure
Extreme Weather & Storms
Wetlands

Guidance Tool

Level of Effort:

LINAP Embayment Water Exchange Study

The LINAP Embayment Water Exchange Study looked at how water exchange practices could affect the nitrogen impairments in embayments. A water exchange practice changes the amount, speed, or direction of water moving through an area. The results of the study show that water exchange techniques are not effective in large waterbodies like most of Long Island’s embayments. Often, the physical size of the water exchange practice is small compared to the large waterbodies to which they are applied, which means their impact is limited. Water exchange projects may be useful, however, for smaller Long Island waterbodies, where the volume of increased water exchange approaches the volume of the overall waterbody. The goal of the study was to provide communities with basic information on water exchange practices suitable for Long Island.

Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Water Quality
Waste Management

Guidance Tool

Level of Effort:

EPA Equitable Resilience Builder (ERB)

The Equitable Resilience Builder (ERB) is an application that supports communities in resilience planning with a focus on equity. It engages users in a guided process to inclusively assess local hazards, equity, and the resilience of built, natural, and social environment systems. Results can be used to collaboratively prioritize actions to build community resilience in an equitable way.

Environmental Justice
Planning
Community Engagement

Funding

: May 25 – Jun 1, 2023

Variable

William E. and Maude S. Pritchard Charitable Trust

The Trust funding interests include: Community development (affordable housing, economic development), Community-based health care (primary care access and delivery), Education (early education, K-12 public schools), the Environment (land and water conservation, parks and gardens), and Social services (hunger, immigration, seniors, youth development).

Habitat
Water Quality
Recreation & Access
Wetlands

Funding

: Mar 1 – May 12, 2023

$25,000-$150,000

Water Quality Planning Grants (604b)

Clean Water Act Section 604(b) Water Quality Planning Grants fund regional comprehensive water quality management planning activities as described in Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act. 604(b) funds are to be used for water quality management planning activities, such as determining the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source water pollution problems, and developing plans to resolve these problems.

DEC typically issues a Request for Applications (RFA) every 3-5 years and awards funds to multi-year projects.

Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Waste Management

$2 million - $20 million

Long Island Investment Fund

The Long Island Investment Fund will focus on large scale, transformative projects that will have lasting impacts on Long Island and that are consistent with the strategic goals and priorities of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan and the four strategic pillars of Empire State Development. This includes projects that 1) have garnered community support, 2) will result in quality jobs, 3) leverage non-State investment, 4) are financially sound, and 5) can quickly begin. Funds will be directed towards purposes that may include, but not be limited to, support of manufacturing, agriculture, business parks, community anchor facilities, advanced technology, biotechnology and biomedical facilities, main street revitalization, and multi-family housing.

Economic Impacts
Infrastructure
Planning

Funding

: May 25 – Nov 14, 2023

Non-monetary Award

Drinking Water Source Protection Program

The Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) is a locally led, state-supported program that empowers municipalities to take action to improve and protect their public water sources and surrounding environment. Communities accepted into the program are provided free technical assistance to develop their own unique DWSP2 plan, leading to actionable steps the municipality can take to protect their drinking water sources now and into the future.

Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning

Funding

: May 25 – Sep 1, 2023

$25,000-$100,000

Environmental Grants Program

WCF’s 2023 Environmental Grant Program is focused on addressing environmental issues and accelerating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in Westchester County.

Planning

Max award of $50-75K

Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Mapping Grant (NPG)

The Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning and MS4 Mapping Grant (NPG) is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects and mapping of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s). The program aims to prepare nonpoint source projects for implementation funding, and to encourage and support cooperation among regulated MS4s to complete mapping of their stormwater system.

Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Waste Management
Green Infrastructure

$50K-$2M for implementation grants, $10K-200K for certification grants

NYS Climate Smart Communities

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant program was established in 2016 to provide 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages, and counties of the State of New York for eligible climate change mitigation, adaptation, and planning and assessment projects. Funds are available for two broad project categories – implementation and certification. The first project category supports implementation projects related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation. The second supports planning and assessment projects aligned with NYS Climate Smart Communities certification actions.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Incentive Programs
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations
Wetlands
Waste Management
Green Infrastructure

$50K-$3M

NYSDOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program provides grants to municipalities along New York’s coasts or designated inland waterways to advance the preparation or implementation of strategies for community and waterfront revitalization through the following grant categories: 1) Preparing or Updating a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), 2) Updating an LWRP to be more Resilient to Climate Risk,s 3) Preparing an LWRP Component, including a Watershed Management Plan, and 4) Implementing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program or a completed LWRP Component.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Economic Impacts
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Recreation & Access
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

$100-500K

Brownfield Opportunity Area Program

Through the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program, known and suspected brownfields are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities. Four types of activities are eligible for BOA funding: 1) County-wide Pre-Planning: Brownfield Identification and Preliminary Analysis, 2) Planning: Development of a BOA Plan, 3) Predevelopment within a State-Designated BOA, 4) Phase II Environmental Site Assessments within a State-Designated BOA.

Environmental Health Hazards
Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice
Infrastructure
Planning
Community Engagement

no maximum or minimum

Smart Growth Community Planning and Zoning Grant Program

Smart Growth promotes several land use planning principles that create livable, sustainable and equitable communities. Financial assistance grants are available on a competitive basis to municipalities to develop or update comprehensive plans, area plans (such as Transit Oriented Development plan) or zoning ordinances that incorporate smart growth principles including promoting efficient and sustainable land development and redevelopment patterns that optimize prior infrastructure investments. These planning efforts should reflect a community goals and aspirations for its own future, and address a wide range of planning issues including, but not limited to, appropriate physical development, economic development, transportation patterns, natural and built resource inventories, and population trends, while setting a course for clean and affordable energy, efficient use of land, protection of agricultural working lands and forests and overall healthy communities.

Land Use
Economic Impacts
Planning

Funding

: May 25 – Jul 28, 2023

Up to $100K

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning

Grants are available to help municipalities with median household income requirements to develop engineering reports so they can be prepared to seek financing to help them complete their wastewater, sewer and water quality projects.

Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Waste Management

Up to $500K

Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program for Parks, Preservation and Heritage

This program provides funding for the acquisition, planning, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties, and heritage areas.

Recreation & Access

Funding

: May 25 – Jul 28, 2023

Minimum of $50,000

Empire State Development Grant

The State’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative helps drive regional and local economic development across New York State in cooperation with ten Regional Economic Development Councils (“Regional Councils”). Capital grant funding is available for capital-based economic development projects intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business or economic activity in a community or Region.

Economic Impacts
Infrastructure
Planning

Funding

: Apr 11 – May 26, 2023

$40,000

Healthy Communities Grant Program for New England

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England’s main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks to protect and improve human health and the quality of life. he Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:
– Target resources to benefit communities at risk.
– Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
– Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
– Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
– Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

Environmental Health Hazards
Environmental Justice
Community Engagement

Funding

: May 25, 2024

Up to $5000

Community Match Fund

Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund is an innovative program that provides fast, flexible funding and support for engaging your community on wide-ranging sustainability projects. Eligible projects receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds from Sustainable CT.

Stormwater Management
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Nov 21 – Feb 8, 2024

max $500,000

DEEP Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants

Grants are awarded for projects that address Nonpoint Source impacts in surface waters including creation and implementation of approved Watershed Based Plans.

Stormwater Management
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

min $250,000 (no max)

Community Investment Fund (CIF) 2030 – Round 5

The Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF) will foster economic development in historically underserved communities across Connecticut. CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities as well as not-for-profit organizations and community development corporations that operate within them.

Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice
Infrastructure
Planning
Community Engagement

Funding

: Mar 20 – Sep 17, 2024

$1,000 - $4,000

Grow Grants Program

Awards small grants in support of grassroots efforts and community-based environmental work in New England. The Grassroots Fund utilizes participatory grantmaking to move resources to New England grassroots groups working at the intersections of Environmental Justice. The program is geared toward groups who have some experience implementing a project in their community. Grants support groups to deepen their work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders, and working to bring more voices and lived experiences into core decision-making processes.

Water Quality
Green Infrastructure
Marine Debris
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Erosion
Stormwater Management
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Dec 31 – Mar 11, 2024

less than $1M

Connecticut Recreational Trails Program

This year, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)’s Recreational Trails Program will make $10 million available to improve Connecticut’s trail infrastructure, which has seen significant usage increases since the onset of the pandemic. This grant program aims to help support communities managing the trail usage increases that have endured as more residents and visitors become familiar with the more than 2,500 miles of multi-use trails and greenways that crisscross the state.

Habitat
Land Use
Infrastructure
Planning
Community Engagement

Funding

: May 25 – Feb 27, 2024

up to $2,000

The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals Grant Program

The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals Grant Program provides funding for local projects in Connecticut that benefit the environment. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Any application meeting the grant guidelines that is not successful in one cycle may reapply during any following cycle. The applications will be judged based on the environmental benefits of each project, in comparison to others. “Environmental benefits” can vary widely and successful applications have ranged from property clean-ups to environmental education.

Stormwater Management
Marine Debris
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Nov 14 – Feb 2, 2024

up to $10,000

The Green Fund

The Green Fund seeks innovative proposals from committed organizations and individuals for activities that advance our mission which is to promote environmental quality, public health and equity in our community by providing grants and other incentives that contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future and reduce air, water and land pollution.

Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Justice
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Incentive Programs
Planning
Recreation & Access
Wetlands

Funding

: Oct 16 – Dec 15, 2023

min $250,000 (no max)

Community Investment Fund (CIF) 2030 – Round 4

The Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF) will foster economic development in historically underserved communities across the state. CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities as well as not-for-profit organizations and community development corporations that operate within them.

Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice
Infrastructure
Planning

Funding

: Jul 26 – Sep 22, 2023

$200,000-$4M

Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development – Round 18

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) announced funding availability under Round 18. The purpose of the Municipal Grant Program as per C.G.S Section 32-763, is to provide grants for brownfield remediation and redevelopment. OBRD has also simultaneously announced the availability of funding under the Targeted Brownfield Development Loan and the Assessment-only Grant Program.

Land Use
Environmental Health Hazards
Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice

Funding

: Mar 10 – May 5, 2023

$75,000 - $250,000 (~$800,000 total available- projected around 4-10 projects total)

National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant

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.

Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Recreation & Access
Wetlands
Waste Management

Funding

: Mar 1 – Apr 28, 2023

Phase 1: All states are eligible for up to $3 million in funding for a four-year planning period. Single tribes may receive up to $500,000 each, and groups of 2 or more tribes, or tribal consortia, are eligible to receive up to $1 million. Each of these 67 municipalities is eligible to receive up to $1 million. Phase 2:

Climate Pollution Reduction Grants

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program will provide grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act provides an investment of $5 billion to support efforts by states, municipalities, air pollution control agencies, tribes, and groups thereof to develop and implement strong, local greenhouse gas reduction strategies. This two-staged grant program (Phase 1: Plan & Phase 2: Implement) provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

Environmental Health Hazards
Planning

Funding

: May 25 – Apr 12, 2023

$100,000 - $1,000,000

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF)

NFWF will award up to $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from coastal hazards, such as storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF prioritizes projects that are community led or incorporate direct community engagement and benefit underserved communities facing disproportionate harm from climate impacts.

Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Aquatic Resources
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms
Community Engagement
Wetlands

Funding

: May 25 – Feb 14, 2023

$45,000-$70,000 for base grants; up to $125,000 for competitive grants

Clean Water Act Section 319 Base and Competitive Grants for Tribes

Tribes and Nations are eligible to receive Clean Water Act (CWA) Section (§)319 grant funding to implement EPA-approved NPS programs. As required under the CWA, Tribes must be approved for treatment in a similar manner as a state and have an EPA-approved NPS assessment report and NPS management program to receive §319 funds. Each year, a §319-eligible Tribe may apply for a base §319 grant that support their NPS management program, and they are eligible to compete nationally for additional §319 funds (competitive §319 grants) to implement on-the-ground projects to restore and protect their waters.

Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Planning

Funding

: May 25, 2024

varies by program

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Programs

The NRCS offers a suite of programs and initiatives that provide technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and landowners. Relevant programs include:
1) NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
ACEP helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands or protect working farms and ranches through conservation easements.
2) NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is NRCS’ flagship conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands.
3) NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation.
4) NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) helps partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and natural resource concerns.

Erosion
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Water Quality
Incentive Programs
Wetlands

Funding

: Mar 1 – May 13, 2024

$50K - $1.5M

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) will be seeking proposals to restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound (Sound) with approximately $12 million in funding in 2024. The program is managed by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Long Island Sound Study (LISS). Major funding is from EPA through the LISS with additional funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Avangrid Foundation.

Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Recreation & Access
Community Engagement
Wetlands
Waste Management
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: Oct 12 – Jan 23, 2024

$1B total available

FY23 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grants (BRIC) – Connecticut

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. The BRIC program’s guiding principles are to support communities through capability and capacity building, encourage and enable innovation; promote partnerships, enable large projects, maintain flexibility, and provide consistency.

Flooding
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms

Funding

: Oct 12 – Jan 23, 2024

$800M total available

FY23 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program – Connecticut

The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program is a competitive program that provides funding to states, federally recognized Tribal governments, U.S. territories, and local governments. Since the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 was signed into law, funds are used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Flooding
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Planning
Extreme Weather & Storms

Funding

: Jun 13 – Jan 10, 2024

$200K - $4M

NERRS Habitat Protection and Restoration BIL Competition

The NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Habitat Protection and Restoration Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Competition will fund designated Reserve agencies and universities to conduct land acquisition and habitat restoration projects that support the NERRS mission. NOAA will strengthen protection of key land and water areas, improve climate resilience, enhance long-term protection of Reserve areas for research and education, and support the habitat protection goals and priorities of the National Coastal Zone Management Act.

Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Planning
Wetlands

Funding

: Sep 1 – Dec 19, 2023

$75,000-$3M

Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities

$45 million in funding is available for projects that will advance the coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience priorities of tribes and underserved communities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Through this funding, NOAA will help support community-driven habitat restoration and build the capacity of tribes and underserved communities to more fully participate in restoration activities.

Habitat
Environmental Justice
Wetlands

Funding

: Sep 27 – Dec 1, 2023

$5,000-$100,000

Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund (LISCIF)

EPA Long Island Sound Study announced a new Environmental Justice (EJ) program focused on the Long Island Sound watershed. The Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund (LISCIF) will direct funds and technical assistance to communities experiencing or affected by adverse and disproportionate environmental and human health risks or harms.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Justice
Water Quality
Community Engagement
Wetlands

Funding

: Jun 29 – Nov 30, 2023

$500K - $10M

2023 Inflation Reduction Act Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Competition

Sea Grant and the NOAA Climate Program Office, with support from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, seek to establish programs aimed at placing people across the country into good jobs that advance climate resilience and assisting employers in developing a 21st century workforce that is climate literate, informed by climate resilience, and skilled at addressing consequent challenges. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience.

Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice
Incentive Programs
Planning
Community Engagement

Funding

: Jul 31 – Nov 8, 2023

$300K - $12M

Restoring Priority Tribal Fish Passage through Barrier Removal

Nearly $85 million in funding is available for fish passage and tribal capacity building under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. This funding will support U.S. federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and tribal organizations in implementing fish passage work and building tribal organizational capacity.

Aquatic Resources
Environmental Justice
Infrastructure
Planning

Case Study

East Haddam, CT

East Haddam Community Resilience Building Summary of Findings

With support from the Nature Conservancy and Sustainable CT, East Haddam organized a Community Resilience Building process and workshop, the results of which were compiled into this summary. The team engaged with community members to determine the present hazards and vulnerabilities and identify resilient solutions.

Water Quality
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Funding/Grants
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Infrastructure
Erosion
Stormwater Management
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Case Study

Marsh Conservation Planning for Glen Island Park

In 2023, Long Island Sound Study and Warren Pinnacle, in partnership with Westchester County and conservation groups/organizations, have developed a Plan to understand the benefits of, threats to, and recommended conservation actions for marsh ecosystems on Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, NY. The goal of the Plan is to help inform conservation and restoration efforts to maximize marsh ecosystem services under rising sea levels.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Wetlands

Case Study

Sunken Meadow State Park Restoration

Increased development and the historic construction of a dam on Sunken Meadow Creek in the 1950’s led to reduced tidal exchange, increased water levels in the creek, poor water quality, and the proliferation of invasive species. In 2008 a number of partners (NYS OPRHP, NOAA, NYSDEC, LISS, TNC, Save the Sound, USFWS, LI Botanical Society) came together to work to restore the degraded marsh habitat around Sunken Meadow Creek, increase tidal flow, improve aquatic organism passage, limit invasives, and improve water quality. A restoration feasibility study was completed in 2010. In 2012 Superstorm Sandy blew out the dam on Sunken Meadow Creek, naturally kick-starting restoration. Following Superstorm Sandy, the project partners were able to quickly capitalize on available funding and grants, due to their prior planning efforts. A bridge was built across the Creek where the dam blew out, salt marsh habitat was restored at three locations, green infrastructure was installed in one of the parking areas to capture and treat stormwater runoff, fish passage feasibility on the creek was investigated, and education and outreach was conducted to thousands of people. These projects were completed in 2019. Now, with funding through Long Island Sound Futures Fund, Audubon NY is leading a large-scale marsh restoration project at Sunken Meadow Creek to restore important high-marsh habitat for at risk species, like the Saltmarsh Sparrow, and to increase the resilience of the marsh in the face of rising sea levels. Audubon will be working to finalize the designs and secure permits over the next two years, with on-the-ground restoration expected in 2026.

Flooding
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Water Quality
Recreation & Access
Wetlands

Case Study

Northport, NY

Crab Meadow Watershed Hydrology Study and Stewardship Plan

This comprehensive study and plan, funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Long Island Sound Futures Fund, identifies initial strategies to maintain and enhance the local watershed resources of Crab Meadow. It is meant to be a land management tool to guide the implementation of best practices. The plan was developed in consultation with many partners and stakeholders.

Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Aquatic Resources
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Recreation & Access
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

Case Study

Marsh Conservation Planning for Stony Brook Harbor

In 2023, Long Island Sound Study and Warren Pinnacle, in partnership with committed municipalities and conservation groups/organizations, developed a Plan to understand the benefits, threats, and recommended conservation actions for the Stony Brook Harbor and West Meadow Creek marsh ecosystem. The goal of the Plan is to help inform conservation and restoration efforts to maximize marsh ecosystem services under rising sea levels.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Wetlands

Case Study

Oyster Bay, NY and Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Marsh Conservation Planning for Oyster Bay & Cold Spring Harbor

In 2023, Long Island Sound Study, New York Sea Grant and Warren Pinnacle, in partnership with committed municipalities and marsh-conservation groups/organizations, developed a Plan to understand the benefits, threats and recommended conservation actions at seven focal areas across the harbors. The goal of the Plan is to inform local municipalities and marsh-conservation groups as to where they might focus their conservation efforts to maximize the conservation of marsh ecosystem services under sea-level rise conditions. Seven focal areas across Oyster Bay & Cold Spring Harbor: Frost Creek, Mill Neck Creek, West Shore Road, Bayville Bridge to Centre Island, Centre Island, Shore Road, and Lower Cold Spring Harbor.

Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Planning
Wetlands

Case Study

Sea Cliff, NY

Scudders Pond Subwatershed Improvements

The Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee and Village of Sea Cliff completed subwatershed improvements at Scudders Pond to address stormwater drainage problems impacting the water quality of the pond and Hempstead Harbor, highlighted as a priority in the 1998 Hempstead Harbor Water Quality Improvement Plan. The improvements included dredging the pond, installing a hydrodynamic separator to intercept sediment, removing invasive Phragmites australis and replacing with native plants, realigning the stream to reduce erosion, redirecting the stormwater from residences to the bioswale, creation of a biofilter wetland area, replacement of the weir between the upper and lower ponds and weir at Shore Road.

Erosion
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Planning
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

Guidance Tool

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NYS Stormwater Design Manual

The New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual provides designers with a general overview on how to size, design, select, and locate stormwater management practices at a development site to comply with State stormwater performance standards.

Stormwater Management
Infrastructure

Guidance Tool

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NYSDEC Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document

The NYSDEC document is to provide guidance on the issuance of permits for living shorelines techniques in the Marine and Coastal District Waters of New York (the Marine District) and encourages the use of green or natural infrastructure.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Wetlands

Guidance Tool

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NYSDEC/NYSDOS Model Local Laws to Increase Resilience

The New York State Department of State worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation and other partners to create model local laws to help local governments be more resilient to sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding. Cities, towns, and villages are invited to adapt model local laws to meet the resilience needs of the community with the assistance of their municipal attorneys.

Flooding
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations
Wetlands

Guidance Tool

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Ready to Fund Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit describes “how” local government leads and partners can design more fundable projects by pulling specific policy levers, seeking key partnerships, using innovative accounting practices, inverting power structures, and rethinking and redesigning internal processes. It will help local government leads and partners operate within current finance and policy systems to better prepare themselves and their communities for climate resilience funding and finance.

Economic Impacts
Incentive Programs
Funding/Grants
Policies & Regulations

Guidance Tool

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RISE Local Assessment Tool (EPA/FEMA)

The Resilience Implementation and Strategic Enhancements (RISE) Local Assessment Tool helps you approach hazards and risks comprehensively; and assess and refine your laws and policies in a way that improves resilience and helps achieve desired community outcomes. The tool works by assessing two critical elements of building resilience:
the “how” – once identified, resilience-enhancing measures can be successfully integrated into existing land use laws, building codes, and planning policies; and
the “what” – gaps in policies and regulations that support resilience.

Land Use
Policies & Regulations

Mapper

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Road-Stream and Tidal Crossing Prioritization Tool – Suffolk County, Long Island

Developed by The Nature Conservancy, this tool identifies priority road-stream and tidal crossings in Suffolk County for replacement or upgrades. Prioritization is based on social and ecological criteria. Additionally, it includes data on current and future projected flooding and marsh extent under various sea level rise scenarios. The tool is meant to be a screening tool for planning efforts.

Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise
Infrastructure
Wetlands

Mapper

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Seatuck River Revival Map

The River Revival Project Map is a GIS-based map that identifies every river and stream in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It also identifies the tributaries where river herring runs are known to exist, and shows all existing, planned or proposed connectivity projects on the island. The map is intended to be a tool to engage citizens in the restoration of rivers and streams in their communities.

Aquatic Resources

Mapper

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Long Island Water Reuse Road Map and Action Plan

Seatuck and the Greentree Foundation, in association with Cameron Engineering, initiated the Long Island Water Reuse Roadmap and Action Plan to catalyze the implementation of water reuse on Long Island and ensure that the strategy plays a larger and more meaningful role in safeguarding the region’s drinking water and surface water resources.

Water Quality
Infrastructure
Policies & Regulations

Mapper

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TNC Coastal Resilience Tool

Coastal Resilience is a Connecticut-based decision support tool that provides local, regional, state and national stakeholders a step-wise process to guide decisions to reduce the ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal and inland hazards.

Habitat
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Sea Level Rise

Guidance Tool

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USGS Coastal Science Navigator

The Coastal Science Navigator is intended to help users discover USGS Coastal Change Hazards information, products, and tools relevant to their scientific or decision-making needs.

Flooding
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Wetlands

Story Map

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Westchester County Hazard Mitigation Plan Story Map

This Story Map was developed to provide an overview of the Westchester County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) to facilitate county-wide access to the plan. The Westchester County HMP was developed to provide a roadmap to resilience by identifying hazards affecting the county and its communities.

Erosion
Flooding
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Economic Impacts
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Infrastructure
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations

Story Map

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CLEAR: The State of Low Impact Development in Connecticut

This story map by the by the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) shows a snapshot of Connecticut Municipalities’ Low Impact Development Policies (LID) that are included plans of conservation and development, zoning/subdivision regulations, and stormwater/LID design manuals.

Stormwater Management
Policies & Regulations

Guidance Tool

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CT DEEP: Connecticut Stormwater Quality Manual

This website provides an overview of each chapter of Connecticut’s new Stormwater Quality Manual, which includes guidance on how to design, install, and maintain these types of practices.

Stormwater Management
Policies & Regulations

Plan

Superstorm Sandy Review Task Force Report to the Legislature: Looking to the Past to Prepare for the Future

The Superstorm Sandy Review Task Force conducted an in-depth review of the preparation for and response to Superstorm Sandy in Suffolk County by government agencies, first responders, nonprofits and private sector entities to determine which measures were effective and what actions must be taken in the future to increase resiliency and improve response to extreme weather events.

Flooding
Sea Level Rise
Infrastructure
Extreme Weather & Storms
Policies & Regulations

Guidance Tool

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Climate Essentials for Emergency Managers (FEMA)

This document offers foundational learning opportunities for the emergency management community and beyond. By sharing communication techniques, climate information, data resources, and guidance for connecting with experts, this resource helps advance the integration of climate change considerations into actionable efforts before, during, and after disasters.

Environmental Health Hazards
Extreme Weather & Storms

Guidance Tool

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Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide

This Guide provides planning tools, regulatory information, and best management practices to jumpstart shellfish restoration-based project planning.

Habitat
Aquatic Resources
Policies & Regulations

Guidance Tool

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FEMA BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE WITH NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: Strategies for Success

This guide gives community leaders five main strategies to carry out Nature-Based Solution projects: 1) Building Strong Partnerships, 2) Engaging the Whole Community, 3) Matching Project Size With Desired Goals and Benefits, 4) Maximizing Benefits, and 5) Designing for the Future. This is not a technical guide for planning, constructing or funding NBS. It covers the value of each strategy and suggests how to move forward with NBS projects.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Stormwater Management
Extreme Weather & Storms
Wetlands

Mapper

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FEMA Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

RAPT provides access to important data and analysis tools to support your community before, during and after a disaster.

Flooding
Environmental Health Hazards
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Justice
Infrastructure
Extreme Weather & Storms

Guidance Tool

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Georgetown Climate Center Managed Retreat Toolkit

This toolkit features legal and policy tools, best and emerging practices, and case studies to support learning and decision making around managed retreat and climate adaptation. It is meant to be used by state, territorial, and local policymakers in U.S. coastal jurisdictions

Flooding
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Infrastructure
Policies & Regulations