The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2022 National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

NFWF will award approximately $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from current and future threats from coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species. The availability of federal funds estimated in this solicitation is contingent upon the federal appropriations process; funding decisions will be made based on level of funding and timing of when it is received by NFWF.

The NCRF is a national program focused on enhancement of resilience for coastal communities. Projects must be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and U.S. territories and tribal lands. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, the eligible project area is defined as all coastal Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watersheds that drain to the sea and any adjacent HUC 8 watersheds that are particularly low-lying or tidally influenced (“coastal areas”), a map of NCRFs geographic footprint can be found here.

All projects under this program must demonstrate a dual benefit to both coastal communities and habitats. The NCRF supports projects that will result in the creation and/or restoration of natural systems in order to increase the resilience of communities from coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species.

The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is Tuesday, April 21st, 11:59pm. All application materials must be submitted online through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system. For more information on program priorities and project categories, evaluation criteria, eligibility, and how to apply please reference the full RFP.

An informational applicant webinar has been scheduled for 3:00pm on Wednesday, March 30th to provide an overview of this funding opportunity and the pre-proposal process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate and can register for the webinar at the following link:

If you have a question about the RFP or a project idea in the Mid-Atlantic States (NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA) please contact Stephanie Heidbreder,