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New land formation in Atchafalaya Bay at the mouths of the Wax Lake Outlet and the Atchafalaya River. Credit: NASA.
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Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program works to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

GRP Awards $3.2 Million in Capacity-Building Grants to Benefit Coastal Communities

The Gulf Research Program is pleased to announce the recipients of 12 capacity-building grants, totaling almost $3.2 million. These competitive grants support community organizations as they conduct science-based projects designed to benefit their coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine to Alaska.

The projects will use a variety of different approaches to address challenges faced by coastal communities. Some of the projects will focus on training residents in coastal communities to participate in citizen science and environmental monitoring projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas. Others will create and deliver educational programming, resources, and tools designed to help communities build resilience in the face of disasters, coastal flooding, and climate change.

Approaches range from building capacity for more disaster-related trauma and mental health services in southwestern Alabama to working with communities to build their resilience to the environmental and economic effects of disasters and environmental change along the Gulf, East, and Alaskan Coasts.

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