VOF & Wetlands Watch announce Coastal Resilience & Trees Fund

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Wetlands Watch have partnered to create the new Coastal Resilience & Trees Fund. The fund provides grants for projects that seek to achieve increased resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and extreme weather events in Virginia’s coastal communities. A portion of the fund will provide resources for increasing tree canopy in the coastal zone.

There is $185,000 available for 2023; $135,000 is available for coastal resilience projects, and $50,000 is available for tree planting projects. Eligible applicants may submit up to two proposals in each project category. No match is required, and applicants may request the full grant award upfront in order to accommodate applicants that require start-up funds for the project. Applications for the 2023 grant cycle are due no later than 11:59 p.m., April 4, 2023.

Projects may include green infrastructure practice installation, shoreline protection practice installation, stewardship, and tree planting projects. Projects may be on either privately or publicly owned land. Projects that are publicly accessible will be prioritized. Projects may vary widely in both their size and funding needs. This fund is meant to provide resources for projects that may not be eligible under other grants.

Funding is available to a wide range of organizations and private citizens. Eligible projects are those located in the coastal zone, as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Program.

The Coastal Resilience & Trees Fund grant manual, program timeline, applicant eligibility, grant application materials, and more can be viewed at https://wetlandswatch.org/coastal-resilience-trees-fund.

Please direct any questions to Wetlands Watch via email at grants@wetlandswatch.org.

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