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Coastal Zone Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs for Environmental Conservation in Coastal Areas

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program

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10/15/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs for the conservation of natural resources in designated coastal areas. Primary focus areas include wetlands, public access for recreation, coastal hazard areas, coastal nonpoint source pollution, ocean resources and biodiversity, and intergovernmental coordination.

Pennsylvania has two coastal areas: 112 miles of coastline along the Delaware Estuary and 77 miles of coastline along Lake Erie. In order to safeguard these resources from future adverse impacts, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), developed a unified approach to act as trustee to conserve and maintain the natural resources of Pennsylvania’s coastal regions known as the Pennsylvania Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). The CZMP was finalized and approved in September 1980, under the authority of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. DEP’s Compacts and Commissions Office manages the Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program in the two defined coastal areas within Pennsylvania.

Grant awards are used to implement the CRM Program and provide a grant-in-aid program if sufficient funds permit. Monies are dispersed to fund projects within the coastal zone and coastal non-point pollution boundaries, such as planning, design, engineering, education, outreach, construction, acquisition and research as authorized by Section 306A of the CZMA, as amended.

Program policies were developed to further the goals and objectives of the CRM Program.

Primary Focus Areas

  • Coastal Hazard Areas: Includes bluff recession along Lake Erie and coastal flooding in both coastal zones.
  • Wetlands: Involves the protection, enhancement, and creation of coastal wetlands to maintain benefits for wildlife habitat, flood control, water quality, water flow stabilization and environmental diversity (biodiversity).
  • Public access for recreation: Includes efforts to meet the public need for boating, fishing, walking, picnicking, sightseeing and other recreational pursuits associated with waterfronts.
  • Intergovernmental coordination: Includes intergovernmental efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s coastal resources, especially the quality of air and water.
  • Ocean resources/biodiversity: Includes efforts directed toward the research, study, and/or management of non-native (invasive) aquatic or terrestrial plant and/or animal species.
  • Coastal Non-Point Source Pollution Program: Activities that protect coastal waters from non-point source pollution resulting from marinas and recreational boating, urban activities, hydro-modifications, agriculture, and other nonpoint sources.
  • Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program 

Additional Focus Areas

  • Public involvement: Increase awareness, provide information and create opportunities for public participation in a variety of coastal issues.
  • Fisheries management: Efforts to protect and improve stocks of popular game-fish species and mussel hosts.
  • Historic sites and structures: Preservation, restoration, and enhancement of coastally significant historic sites and structures within the coastal zones.
  • Port activities: Development and enhancement of coastal port infrastructure. Energy facilities siting: Proper siting of energy-producing facilities to protect fragile coastal ecosystems.
  • Dredging and spoil disposal: Careful management to avoid adverse effects on navigation, flood-flow capacity, public interest, and environmental quality. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138278

Estimated Size of Grant:

A $75,000 grant limit is generally imposed on any single project. Applicants with proposals
requesting more than $75,000 in grant funding should discuss funding alternatives with
CRM program staff before submitting an application.

Term of Contract:

Grants are contracted to begin with the start of the federal fiscal year on October 1 and terminate 18 months later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Local governments: counties and municipalities.
- Area-wide agencies: county and regional planning agencies.
- State agencies:
- Educational institutions: school districts, colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning.
- Conservation districts, port authorities, and public authorities.
- Incorporated nonprofit, including 501(c)(3), organizations that are eligible to receive federal grants.

Projects must be located entirely within the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Boundary as defined in this guidance. All construction and acquisition projects must be located entirely within the CZ boundary.

The following types of projects are not considered eligible project activities:
- Conventional restroom facilities
- General recreation and athletic facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields/courts, etc.
- Roadway design and construction
- Water and sewer line construction
- Dredging operations
- Permit application fees
- Projects required to fulfill a state or federal permit condition or other regulatory action

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on October 15, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with CRM in advance of submitting the grant application.

Matching funds are required on a one-to-one matching basis; this means that each dollar of CZ funds must be matched by at least one dollar from cash or acceptable non-cash sources.

About the Program:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:
Compacts and Commissions Office/Central Office
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Compacts and Commissions Office
Coastal Resources Management
400 Market St., P.O. Box 8465
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8465
Ph: 717-772-4785
Fx: 717-783-4690

For technical questions, contact:
(800) 379-7448

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