Inflation Reduction Act: NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge (Challenge) will support collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions with an emphasis on risk reduction, regional collaboration, equity, and building enduring capacity. The Challenge is a $575 million competition with a Letter of Intent phase and two exclusive funding tracks designed to meet the needs of coastal communities wherever they are in the resilience and adaptation process.

Regional Collaborative Building and Strategy Development (Track One) supports building capacity for, development of, and collaboration on transformational resilience and adaptation strategies for coastal communities. Successful applicants will receive $500,000 to $2,000,000 to support regional scale coordination, engagement, planning, advancement of equitable outcomes, and capacity building for resilience and adaptation. Total funding for all Track One awards may be up to $25 million.

Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions (Track Two) supports implementation of transformational resilience and adaptation strategies and associated actions for coastal communities anchored in previous planning efforts. Applicants must propose a suite of complementary adaptation actions that together build the resilience of multiple communities within a coastal region, including those that have been marginalized, underserved, or underrepresented. Applicants can apply for not less than $15,000,000 and not more than $75,000,000, with most awards being between $25,000,000 and $50,000,000. Total funding available for all Track Two awards is up to $550,000,000.


  • Required Letter of Intent: Aug. 21, 2023
  • Full Applications: Feb. 13, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entities who may apply include:

- coastal States, territories, or Tribes;

- counties, cities, or other political subdivisions of a coastal State or territory, including special purpose units of government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities;

- the District of Columbia;

- institutions of higher education; and

- non-profit organizations or associations, including those acting in cooperation with a State, tribal, local or territorial government; regional councils of government and regional planning councils.

Amount Description

Total funding for all Track One awards is anticipated to be up to $25 million. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $500,000 or more than $2,000,000 in federal funds from Track One under this solicitation. Total funding for all Track Two awards is up to approximately $550 million. NOAA anticipates receiving applications requesting not less than $15,000,000 and not more than $75,000,000 in federal funds for investments that will result in significant resilience and adaptation actions in the region. The exact amount of funds that may be awarded will be determined in pre-award negotiations between the applicant and NOAA. At its discretion, NOAA may reduce the scope and budget of a proposed award or provide separate awards for individual adaptation actions that are proposed as part of a Track Two proposal that may require additional oversight by or collaboration with NOAA.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 21, 2023