Conservation Training

Funding and Financing Coastal Resilience: Spotlight on Revolving Loan Funds

May 16, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Online

Revolving loan funds (RLFs), often administered through state revolving funds (SRFs), have been a hallmark mechanism for providing low-interest loans to local communities and other entities for infrastructure projects. Such funds are commonly associated with drinking water infrastructure, but as climate change impacts become more pronounced, state revolving funds have emerged as a valuable tool in funding projects that enhance coastal resilience through habitat restoration and other nature-based solutions. By providing flexible, low-interest financing to communities, these funds can enable implementation of climate-resilient infrastructure and enhance community resilience to coastal hazards.

Experts with SRF experience, including EPA's long-standing Clean Water Revolving Fund (Alison Souders), FEMA’s new Safeguarding Tomorrow program (Rhiannon Kincaid), and on-the-ground project applications (Michael Roberts), will provide an overview of the process and give examples of how they have been used.