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Special Request for Proposals: 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Matching Grants Grants

Posted on February 25, 2020 by Dene Westbrook

The nonprofit Land Information Access Association (LIAA) is collaborating with coastal communities in Michigan to develop master plan content that will contribute to greater coastal and community-wide resilience. These planning efforts focus on ways to build a better and more reliable local economy, manage social and environmental changes, respond to a changing climate with more severe storms, and respond and adapt to dynamic changes in Great Lakes water levels.

LIAA has years of experience helping communities chart a path towards a more resilient future. The mission of this current service grant is to help coastal municipalities collect and analyze data related to environmental, coastal, economic and social sustainability; facilitate stakeholder meetings to identify action strategies to address sustainability issues, and provide updated municipal planning tools and documents. This matching grant program provides a flexible set of deliverables to assist localities at any stage of the planning process.

There are five key requirements for participation in the Coastal Community Resilience Matching Grant program:

  1. The municipality(ies) must be located on a Great Lake coastline.
  2. The municipality(ies) must be committed to adopting the project’s deliverables into its Master Plan (or if the community does not have a Master Plan, to adopt the Master Plan drafted during this effort).
  3. The municipality(ies) must provide a direct contact (elected, appointed or staff) to assist in developing the project during the specified timeframe.
  4. The municipality(ies) must commit to providing half the cost of the services provided by LIAA (a 1:1 cash match).
  5. Projects must be completed by December 2020.

For full information, criteria and to apply for the 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Matching Grants, visit the website here.

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League. She can be reached at hrichards@mml.org or 517-908-0309.

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