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Coastal Communities Grant (CCG) Program

Grants to Maine Agencies to Preserve
Natural Resources in Eligible Regions

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) - Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP)

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04/15/21 2:00 PM Email Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine government agencies for preservation efforts in eligible regions. Funding is intended to preserve natural resources. Eligible projects may address the issues of flooding and erosion, habitat restoration, and adaptive land use planning while preserving natural coastal resources. Grant program funds can be used in both organized and unorganized coastal communities. Communities eligible to apply include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone, coastal Regional Planning Commissions, and coastal Councils of Government.

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program is seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants for FY 2022. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This program statement invites proposals in three categories that focus on building community resiliency and adapting to climate change; particularly those that address the State of Maine’s Adaptation Goals in "Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action" (December 2020). Eligible Coastal Community Grant project categories include:

  • Ensuring Sustainable, Vibrant Coastal Communities
  • Restoring Coastal Habitats
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards

Funds are available for the following activities in support of the following Maine Coastal program goals for this grant round:

  • Building community resiliency to adapt to a changing climate: To help coastal communities proactively plan for climate change that supports resilient land use planning, marine and coast-related economic growth, and coastal resource conservation.
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards: To help coastal communities develop adaptive responses to coastal erosion, coastal storm events, landslides, and other coastal hazards.
  • Planning for Restoration of Coastal Habitats: To ensure that Maine’s coastal habitats offer a full range of ecosystem services, such as coastal storm and flood damage protection, pollution filtration, fish and wildlife habitat, commercial harvesting and recreational opportunities and, (in tidal systems), carbon storage. 

Funds may be used for planning and development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education, and feasibility and vulnerability studies.

MPAP seeks proposals that increase adaptation to erosion and flooding, restore coastal habitats and implement adaptive land use planning. Applicants are encouraged to creatively address the objectives of the grant program and develop projects suited to the unique needs of the applicant and activities which address program goals described above.

Examples of projects for each funding category can be found here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 143191

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The minimum award amount will be $20,000 and the maximum award amount will be $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Coastal Communities grant projects should begin by August 2, 2021 and must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Those eligible to apply include organized and unorganized towns/territories in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. Communities in Maine’s coastal zone are listed in Appendix II of the program statement:

Groups of coastal towns are also eligible to apply for a collaborative project and proposals including partnerships with non-governmental organizations are encouraged.

Coastal Regional Planning Commissions and coastal Councils of Government are defined as having some or all of their service area within the Maine coastal zone. Note, however, that funds from this grant program can only be used in the coastal area served by these organizations.

Organized municipalities must have a comprehensive plan with a current consistency finding issued by Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, or the former State Planning Office, however, in the case of a multi-municipal application, only one of the applicant municipalities must meet this requirement. Unorganized communities have satisfied this requirement through the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) Comprehensive Land Use Plan:

Grant program funds cannot be used for construction, purchase of construction materials, acquisition of land, or permit fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 2:00 PM.

Grant Program Schedule:
1) Notice of Award: June 1, 2021
2) Grant agreement preparation: June 2021
3) Grant agreements in place: July 19, 2021
4) Project Start Date – August 2, 2021
5) Project Completion Date – December 31, 2022

Questions will be accepted through Wednesday, March 24, 2021. A summary of substantive questions and responses concerning the Coastal Community Grant will be compiled and posted by Thursday, April 1, 2021 to the following web page:

Applications must demonstrate at least 25% non-federal match of the total project cost. This match can be either cash or in-kind services.

More information about the Maine Coastal Program (MCP) can be found at:

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

Electronic applications must be emailed to with “Application to 2022 Coastal Communities Grant Program” in the subject line.

For questions and additional clarifications, contact Ruta Dzenis in writing at the above email address. Please include in the subject line “FY22 Coastal Communities Grants – Questions”.

Municipal Planning Assistance Program
Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
22 SHS/Harlow Bldg
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022
(207) 287-2851

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The list of communities in the coastal zone and a coastal zone map can be accessed here:

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USA: Maine: Communities in Maine's Coastal Zone

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