CTP Case Study: North Carolina Resiliency Coastal Communities Program
California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
This case study provides an overview of North Carolina's Resilient Coastal Communities Program. This program supports 20 disadvantaged counties in North Carolina build resilience against coastal hazards by providing funding to support project identification, vulnerability assessments, project design, and implementation. This case study serves as a resource for other states on how to develop funding programs that support the development of hazard mitigation projects in vulnerable communities, and for state agencies and adaptation and hazard mitigation practitioners interested in building funding programs to support resilience from climate-driven hazards. This case study is part of a Cooperative Technical Partners agreement between FEMA and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR). OPR received a partnership grant from FEMA Region 9 to support a pipeline of State-supported hazard mitigation projects for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Through CTP, OPR and FEMA partner to guide non-traditional, “hard-to-reach" projects through HMA eligibility, specifically focusing on projects that incorporate nature-based solutions. FEMA identified an initial list of hard-to-reach project types that include healthy soils, urban greening, and seismic safety for multi-family homes. These project types, including several others, are considered new mitigation strategies that might be difficult to evaluate using FEMA-approved methodologies and are the focus of this case study.
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Last updated: Feb. 21, 2024