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Rhode Island - Funding Sources for Climate Change Adaptation
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State of Rhode Island Department Environmental Management - Office of Water ResourcesBay Watershed Restoration Fund (BWRF)
The goal of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Fund is to restore and protect the water quality, enhance the economic viability and environmental sustainability of Narragansett Bay and the state’s watersheds. This Fund is meant to provide funding assistance for the feasibility analysis, design, construction and/or rehabilitation of nonpoint source water pollution control facilities, stormwater pollution control projects including the evaluation and/or development of a dedicated sustainable funding mechanism for stormwater pollution abatement, and riparian buffer and aquatic habitat restoration projects. In order to achieve its goal the monies from Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Fund are apportioned between three sub-funds; 1) Nonpoint source water pollution abatement 2) Stormwater pollution abatement including the evaluation and/or development of a dedicated sustainable funding mechanism for, and 3) Riparian buffer and aquatic habitat restoration activities that will result in water pollution reduction and/or water quality protection of the waters of the state. Varies from year to year and by sub-programhttp://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/water/nbwsrbf3.pdfJay Manning jay.manning@dem.ri.gov Gregg Cassidy gregg.cassidy@dem.ri.gov
Office of Water Resources
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 222-3961 x4403 Fax: (401) 222-3564
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RI Water Resources BoardWater Facilities Assistance Since 1983, the Water Resources Board has administered a grant program to finance up to 50% of design and construction costs for new public water supply facilities. Funding for this program is provided through periodic general obligation bonds passed by statewide voter referendum. To date, over twenty major system improvements benefiting fourteen water districts have been funded. The program allowed construction of the Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) interconnection to the Providence and East Providence water systems, relieving the historically troublesome supply problems for Barrington, Bristol and Warren. The Board continues to work with BCWA regarding rehabilitation of aging supply, transmission, and treatment facilities. The Water Facilities Assistance Program has been a model of cooperation between state government and local water suppliers.Ongoinghttp://www.wrb.ri.gov/work_programs_wfassistance.html
Kenneth Burke, ken.burke@wrb.ri.gov
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 574-8409 Fax: (401) 574-8401
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Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management
Rhode Island Open Space GrantsThis program provides up to 50% matching grants to Land Trusts, Municipalities and Environmental Organizationsfor the acquisition or protection of Open Space in Rhode Island. The program offers Grants $250,000 - $400,000 maximum for the acquisition of fee simple, development rights or conservation easements on environmentally sensitive land. The grant applications are reviewed and scored by the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Preservation Advisory Committee. Final awards are made by the Natural Heritage Preservation Commission. Several rounds of applications throughout the yearhttp://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bpoladm/plandev/grants.htmLisa Primiano, Land Conservation Program
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Division of Planning & Development
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 222-2776, X 4307
lisa.primiano@dem.ri.gov
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FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyPre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations. Funding is available on an annual basis (as appropriated).

For Rhode Island communities, PDM has traditionally been the most popular way to receive an award to create or update a local hazard mitigation plan. Sub-applicants may also pursue funds through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for mitigation planning. For more information on the mitigation planning processes, please visit the Mitigation Planning page.
Federal funding for this nationally competitive grant program is generally an annual allocation (subject to Congressional appropriation).http://www.riema.ri.gov/resources/citizens/mitigation/index.phpRhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyHazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following Presidential disaster declarations. Funding is available to implement plans or projects in accordance with State, Tribal, and local priorities.

Unlike the FMA or PDM programs, HMGP is the ONLY post-disaster mitigation program. Following a disaster declaration, States are allotted 15% of total disaster assistance grants provided by FEMA for HMGP.
Ongoinghttps://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyFlood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funds that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Funding is available on an annual basis (as appropriated).Funding is only available following an official presidential disaster declaration; however projects can be planned prior to such an event.
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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"Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Administered by FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyCommunity Disaster Loan ProgramThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides direct loans to local governments to offset the loss of tax or other revenues as a result of a major disaster. The local government must demonstrate a need to maintain local governmental functions such as police and fire protection, or water and sewer services. Loans are not to exceed 25% of the local government’s annual operating budget for the fiscal year in which the major disaster occurs, up to a maximum of $5 million.Communities may apply for assistance following a declaration of a major disasterhttp://www.fema.gov/community-disaster-loan-programRhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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"Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Administered by FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyFEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant ProgramThe Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is designed to provide supplemental financial assistance to state, local, and tribal government and certain types of private non-profit organizations whose buildings or infrastructures were damaged by a disaster. The grant can be used for costs associated with response and recovery from major disasters or emergencies after a declared presidential declaration.

Every debris removal, emergency protective measure, repair, restoration or replacement of a damaged facility identified by the State or local representatives is considered a project that is eligible for PA reimbursement.
Open: Once a disaster has occurred, and the State has declared a state of emergency, The President then makes the decision whether or not to declare a major disaster or emergency.

http://www.riema.ri.gov/resources/government/recovery/public/index.phpRhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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"Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Administered by FEMA & Rhode Island Emergency Management AgencyNational Flood Insurance ProgramThe National Flood Insurance Program is aimed at reducing the impact of flooding on private and public structures. This is achieved by providing affordable insurance for property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of Risk Insurance in general, and National Flood Insurance in particular.Ongoinghttp://www.riema.ri.gov/resources/citizens/mitigation/insurance.phpRhode Island Emergency Management Agency 645 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 946-9996 Fax: (401) 944-1891
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Environmental Finance Center - University of MarylandLocal Government Stormwater Financing ManualEFC’s Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Public sector financing in general, and stormwater financing specifically often appear to be inaccessibly complicated and technical to even experienced public officials. Therefore, rather than try to address the myriad of issues associated with stormwater financing, the main strategy was to provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities towards effective action.--http://efc.umd.edu/localgovernmentstormwaterfinancingmanual.html
Environmental Finance Center, 1210 Preinkert Field House, (Building 054), College Park, MD 2074
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EPA New EnglandFunding Stormwater FactsheetThis document is intended to assist local stormwater managers to alleviate the significant expense of construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The costs of stormwater programs, increased by regulatory requirements (stormwater Phase I or Phase II), flooding concerns, water quality issues (including total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs) and population growth, may be subsidized through a stormwater utility or various other methods detailed in this document. -- www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/assets/pdfs/FundingStormwater.pdf EPA New England—Thelma Murphy
murphy.thelma@epa.gov
617-918-1615
Rob Adler
adler.robert@epa.gov
617- 918-1396
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US Department of Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentEmergency Community Water Assistance GrantsThis program helps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses.

Eligible applicants:

Most State and local governmental entities, Nonprofit organizations, Federally recognized Tribes
What kind of event can qualify as an emergency? Drought or flood, Earthquake, Tornado or hurricane, Disease outbreak
Chemical spill, leak or seepage, Other disasters
Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year roundhttp://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/emergency-community-water-assistance-grantsScott Soares, State Director
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002-2999
Voice: 1 (800) 352-8015 (toll free) or (413)
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US Department of Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentWater & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant ProgramProvides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

This program assists qualified applicants that are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms. Eligible applicants include:

Most State and local governmental entities
Private non-profits
Federally-recognized Tribes"
Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year roundhttp://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-loan-grant-programScott Soares, State Director
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002-2999
Voice: 1 (800) 352-8015 (toll free) or (413)
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United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rhode Island
Emergency Watershed Protection ProgramThe Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program was set up by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. These emergencies must result in life and property threatening impacts in order to qualify for assistance under the program. It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared to be eligible. EWP assists groups of people with a common problem rather than providing assistance on an individual basis. NRCS administers the program and provides technical assistance.

The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program consists of the traditional Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program for recovery and the Floodplain Easement Program (EWP-FPE).

All projects undertaken through the traditional recovery program require sponsorship by a political subdivision of the State such as a city, town, county, conservation district, or Tribal organization. The sponsor secures land rights and funds 25 percent of the project cost either in cash or in-kind contributions.
Ongoinghttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ri/programs/financial/ewp/R. Phou Vongkhamdy, STC
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
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United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rhode Island
Emergency Watershed Protection Program Floodplain Easement (EWP-FPE)The Emergency Watershed Protection - Floodplain Easement Program (EWP-FPE) provides an alternative measure to traditional EWP recovery, where it is determined that acquiring an easement in lieu of recovery measures is the more economical and prudent approach to reducing a threat to life or property.

The easement area will be restored to the maximum extent practicable to its natural condition. Restoration utilizes structural and nonstructural practices to restore the flood storage and flow, erosion control, and improve the practical management of the easement.
Last Applications were accepted in 2014. (Hurricane Sandy)http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ri/programs/financial/ewp/R. Phou Vongkhamdy, STC
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
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National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Administered by Division of Planning and Development
Department of Environmental Management in Rhode Island
Land and Water Conservation FundThe Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided funding to help protect some of Rhode Island’s most special places and ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Rhode Island has received approximately $72 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Great Salt Pond
National Wildlife Refuge and the Roger Williams National Memorial.
Future grant rounds to be announcedhttp://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bpoladm/plandev/grants.htmBrandon Helm, The Wilderness Society, brandon_helm@tws.org or Chief
Division of Planning and Development
Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence RI 02908
Tel: 401-222-2776 ext 4301
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US Department of Housing and Urban Development & Agency of Commerce & Community Development - Department of Housing & Community DevelopmentCommunity Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery FundsHUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. In response to Presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.Ongoing - application dates throughout the year http://www.planning.ri.gov/community/development/disaster/Laura Sullivan CDBG-DR Program Manager
(401) 222-6844, laura.sullivan@doa.ri.gov

June House, CDBG-DR Technical Assistance & Compliance Specialist
(401) 222-2079, june.house@doa.ri.gov
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United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rhode Island
Conservation Technical AssistanceThe Natural Resources Conservation Service provides conservation planning and technical assistance to individuals, groups and units of government. These clients develop and implement conservation plans to protect, conserve and enhance their natural resources.

When providing assistance, NRCS focuses on the sound use and management of soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. NRCS helps clients manage their resources in a way that prevents resource degradation, ensures sustainability, allows for productivity and respects the client's needs. Conservation planning can make improvements to livestock operations, crop production, soil quality, water quality, hay land, forestland and wildlife habitats. The process also integrates ecological and economic considerations in order to address private and public concerns.
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ri/about/R. Phou Vongkhamdy- Service Center Staff
State Conservationist

60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886-0111
Phone: 401-828-1300, then press 1 Fax: 855-924-4748
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