National Coastal Resilience Fund receives $29 million in grants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Federal and local leaders celebrated new funding Friday, aimed at protecting coastal communities and wildlife.

Officials from NOAA and the National Fish And Wildlife Foundation announced more than $29 million in grants for the National Coastal Resilience Fund.

The fund invests in projects to restore coastal habitats and to make sure the coastline is prepared for the impact of future storms.

"We have to pay attention to America's coastlines and we don't," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said. "Too much of what happens on the coastlines is ignored in congress. This is a foothold to continue the battle for paying attention to our coasts."

The grants will generate more than $38 million dollars in matching contributions, bringing the total to more than $67 million dollars.

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