Grants of up to $75,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and academic institutions in designated areas for the conservation of natural resources. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of wetlands, public access for recreation, intergovernmental coordination, coastal hazard areas, coastal nonpoint source pollution, and ocean resources and biodiversity. Projects must be located entirely within the Delaware Estuary or Lake Erie Coastal Zones.
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.
Coastal Zone Focus Areas
CRMP implements 34 individual policies arranged into 11 categories. These policies are employed through a combination of public outreach, technical assistance, the CZMA Federal Consistency reviews, and CRMP’s pass-through grant awards. The 11 focus area categories are as follows:
- Coastal Hazard Areas: Incudes Lake Erie bluff recession, shoreline erosion, wave action and coastal flooding, including flooding from projected sea level rise and storm surge.
- Dredging and Spoil Disposal: Dredging activities are not eligible for funding.
- Fisheries Management: Involves activities supporting ecologically and economically important fisheries and their habitats.
- 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, birding, walking, picnicking, sightseeing and other recreational pursuits associated with waterfronts.
- 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.
- Intergovernmental coordination: Includes intergovernmental efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s coastal resources, especially the quality of air and water.
Public involvement: Increase awareness, provide information and create opportunities for public participation in a variety of coastal issues.
- 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.
In addition to the 11 policy categories listed above, CRMP also has developed a NOAA-approved Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program Plan. Activities that protect coastal waters from nonpoint source pollution resulting from marinas and recreational boating, urban activities, hydromodifications, agriculture, and other nonpoint sources are eligible for funding.
More information about these focus areas can be found on Page 3 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.
For information regarding eligible projects, see Page 7 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.
For information regarding eligible reimbursable expenses, see Page 12 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.