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February 11, 2014

Coastal Areas Encouraged to Apply for Preparedness Grants; Deadline Extended!

by Martha
Annapolis City Dock

Annapolis City Dock

It’s not too late! The State is still offering CoastSmart Communities grants to help local governments improve their ability to respond to coastal threats such as storm surge, flooding and sea level rise. The application deadline has been extended to March 7. 

“As our climate continues to change and the seas continue to rise, Maryland’s coastal areas are highly susceptible to storms, flooding, hurricanes and other hazards,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By providing funding and technical assistance, we are helping our most vulnerable communities combat this threat, and build a stronger, more resilient Maryland.”

To further assist communities in this effort, DNR has also launched the CoastSmart Communities Scorecard, a new tool through which governments can evaluate their hazard preparedness based on current efforts. The Scorecard is designed to be completed by local officials in a group setting to prompt discussion on risk, planning, response strategies and opportunities through a series of yes or no questions. While the results will not be used to rank or compare communities, they will help direct officials to recommendations, tools and resources, and may be used to inform future project proposals to the CoastSmart Communities Grant and other funding programs. DNR will provide staff to facilitate an in-person Scorecard exercise upon request. The Scorecard PDF and online exercise is available here.

Projects eligible for consideration under this round of grants include, but are not limited to: developing climate change adaptation plans, strategies or guidance; integrating hazard mitigation into comprehensive plans; and updating building codes, critical area plans, and floodplain and zoning ordinances. More project examples and grant requirements can be found in the Request for Proposals, located here. Applications are due by March 7, 2014.

For more information on the CoastSmart Communities Grant or the Scorecard, visit dnr.maryland.gov/CoastSmart or contact Kate Skaggs, CoastSmart Communities Planner, at kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8743.

 

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