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DCM Seeks Contractors for Resilience Effort

Private planning and engineering firms, councils of government, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions can apply to help coastal governments meet the requirements of a new state resilience program.

The qualified organizations can reach out to the Division of Coastal Management to request an application. Submission deadline is Jan. 29, 2021.

The phases of the Resilient Coastal Communities Program include Phase 1: Community Engagement and Risk/Vulnerability Assessment; Phase 2: Planning, Project Identification, and Prioritization; Phase 3: Engineering and Design; and Phase 4: Project Implementation.

The contractors will assist municipal and county governments in the 20 coastal counties complete Phases 1 and 2 of the North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program using the newly released Program Planning Handbook. The handbook is another tool to assist program participants complete Phases 1 and 2 of the program. Existing data, tools, and resources are incorporated throughout the handbook to help with the process, and specific program requirements are identified.

Once communities complete Phases 1 and 2, they become eligible for Phase 3 funding for project engineering and design, and Phase 4 implementation funding.

Questions about the new Resilient Coastal Communities Program and completed applications may be sent to RCCP@ncdenr.gov

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