The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation is awarding a $250,000 grant to the North Carolina Coastal Federation to help improve coastal resilience in five communities.
Carteret Community College, SECU Foundation, State Employees’ Credit Union and Coastal Federation representatives will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at Carteret Community College’s Bryant Student Center in Room 3209 to kick off this new project.
Open to the public, the check presentation is hosted by Carteret Community College, where a living shoreline was recently completed in partnership with the Coastal Federation.
The $250,000 grant will enable the nonprofit membership organization to work within five coastal communities that will be selected next year to implement restoration projects with the goal to improve the health and resilience of both the local ecosystem and the built community, organizers explained.
“Over the past four decades, the Federation has helped dozens of local governments plan and implement projects that support the community and the ecosystem, ranging from salt marsh restoration, watershed plans, living shorelines, and more,” Coastal Federation Executive Director Todd Miller said in a statement. “These projects make our communities more resilient to storms and sea level rise and bring federal dollars to support coastal improvement projects. We’re grateful for the leadership support of the SECU Foundation in launching this new partnership.”
This partnership will focus on underserved communities in the state’s 20 coastal counties and will work closely with community leaders to prioritize local needs and implement one on-the-ground project in each community.
“This project is a wonderful opportunity to proactively support coastal communities by protecting and restoring our state’s coastal areas that are threatened by environmental and economic challenges,” SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama Campbell said in a statement. “This valuable and important work will help sustain community infrastructure and ensure future cultural and economic opportunities for residents, visitors, and our state.”
The Coastal Federation publishes Coastal Review.