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Inflation Reduction Act: NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

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Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Local Governments
  • Non-profits
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Other Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Commerce


With funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (P.L. 117-169, Section 40001), NOAA has designed the Climate Resilience Regional Challenge to catalyze equitable adaptation through regional scale collaboration and implementation of adaptation actions that will reduce future damage from weather and climate impacts. The Federal investments being made through NOAA’s Climate Resilience Regional Challenge also provide a unique opportunity to build enduring capacity for adaptation in coastal areas, including marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities. This investment further supports the directive in Executive Order 14008 (referenced above) to secure environmental justice and spur economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities. Adaptation actions supported by this funding will contribute to the Interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Promoting Equitable Access to Nature in Nature-Deprived Communities, which seeks to support locally led conservation and park projects in nature-deprived communities. NOAA will partner with award recipients to provide technical assistance (e.g., scientific expertise, knowledge of coastal resource management, technical and training capabilities) in support of these regional efforts and to help ensure lasting progress toward equitable resilience and adaptation. For more information on the Climate Resilience Regional Challenge and to learn about technical assistance from NOAA, visit: https://coast.noaa.gov/funding/ira/resilience-challenge/

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

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Funding Type:
Grant - no match
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Applicant Guidance

In recognition that some communities are just beginning to address climate challenges, while others have been planning for many years, this funding opportunity includes two distinct and exclusive tracks:

  1. Regional Collaborative Building and Strategy Development (Track One): Funding under Track One supports the development and operation of regional collaboratives to generate transformational resilience and adaptation strategies for coastal communities, including those that have been marginalized, underserved, or underrepresented. This funding track will meet communities where they are in the adaptation process, advance equitable resilience, adaptation planning and partnership building, and establish more entities with local capacity for implementing future on-the-ground resilience and adaptation actions. Track One funding, combined with technical assistance from NOAA, will allow successful applicants to plan for holistic resilience and adaptation investments, initiatives and policies, and build enduring capacity for future adaptation efforts.
  2. Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions (Track Two): Funding under Track Two supports transformational resilience and adaptation actions that are ready for implementation and will greatly and measurably reduce risk and vulnerability in coastal areas while advancing equity. This funding track supports implementation of a suite of complementary resilience and adaptation actions that:
    • extend benefits beyond the boundaries of one town and avoid detrimental consequences for others (e.g. stormwater improvements that reduce coastal erosion in one community but increase flooding in another);
    • are holistic and provide co-benefits (e.g., a system of nature-based installations that protect multiple communities and provide open space and access to nature); and
    • provide equitable outcomes that benefit the entire community, including marginalized, underserved, or underrepresented residents.


This funding, combined with technical assistance from NOAA, will enable successful applicants to implement resilience and adaptation actions that provide measurable risk reduction outcomes and support related initiatives and policies, while building enduring capacity for future adaptation efforts.

Contact Information

OCM Grants Coordinator: resiliencechallenge@noaa.gov

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