Funding and Financing Coastal Resilience Webinars

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This series builds foundational knowledge about funding and financing approaches used to support coastal resilience activities. Learn from experts, who will demystify this complex topic by sharing traditional and emerging approaches, project examples, and lessons learned, and by answering your questions.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between basic funding and financing approaches for implementing coastal resilience projects
  • Generate ideas for overcoming common challenges associated with financing resilience projects
  • Access resources to identify and support funding and financing approaches


Webinar 1: The Basics

April 6, 2021

Learn from experts about options for funding and financing coastal resilience projects. This is the first training in the series and provides the foundation for future trainings on this topic. Hear project examples and lessons learned to apply to your own situation.


  • Kim Penn, Climate Coordinator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
  • Leigh Whelpton, Program Director, Conservation Finance Network
  • Erik Meyers, Vice President, Climate and Water Sustainability, The Conservation Fund

Webinar 2: Spotlight on Environmental Impact Bonds

June 22, 2021

Experts in this field discussed using Environmental Impact Bonds to finance coastal resilience efforts. They provided an overview of these bonds, how one was developed to finance coastal resilience efforts in Hampton, Virginia, and lessons learned throughout the process.

  • Kim Penn, Climate Coordinator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
  • Jason Lee, Quantified Ventures
  • David Imburgia, City of Hampton, Virgina

Webinar 3: Spotlight on Community Development Financial Institutions

February 1, 2022

Experts from the field share how Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are helping economically disadvantaged communities build their resilience. This training is part of an informational series focused on funding and financing options for coastal resilience projects. Check out our quick reference, Funding and Financing: Options and Considerations for Coastal Resilience Projects.

  • Kim Penn, Climate Coordinator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
  • Jeff Merkowitz, Senior Advisor, CDFI Fund
  • Adam Zimmerman, CEO, Craft3
  • Keith Bisson, President, Coastal Enterprises, Inc

Webinar 4: Spotlight on Building Capacity in Communities to Access Funding

June 21, 2022

In many coastal communities, particularly those that are small or under-resourced, it can be difficult to identify, access, and administer the funding necessary to invest in coastal resilience. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about recent research on challenges from two organizations working with communities to overcome these barriers to funding and financing resilience projects.