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Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
School Districts to Enhance Coastal Resources

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Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) - Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCMC) - U.S. Department of Commerce, Office for Coastal Management (OCM)

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Deadline Date:

11/01/19 Postmarked


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, planning commissions, IHEs, and school districts, for the restoration, protection, and management of coastal resources, and to make the Great Lakes more accessible to the public. Applicants requesting larger grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Projects must be located in one or more Wisconsin counties adjacent to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan.

The following principles guide the WCMP grant program:

  1. Coastal management means achieving a balance between natural resource protection, preservation, and economic development.
  2. All projects will be environmentally sustainable and respect ecosystem integrity.
  3. All projects will protect, restore, or enhance coastal resources.
  4. All projects must demonstrate a need for WCMP funding and that no other viable funding source exists.
  5. All projects must identify measurable outcomes of the grant as part of the grant application and final report.
  6. Community planning and educational projects, where appropriate, are encouraged to serve underrepresented communities and populations.
  7. Educational projects that are appropriate for distribution (i.e., studies and curricula) must specify a distribution and marketing strategy.
  8. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a high relative impact on coastal resources.
  9. Any applicant that submits multiple applications must prioritize projects.

Grant Categories: 

  • Coastal Wetland Protection and Habitat Restoration
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: 
  • Coastal Resource and Community Planning: 
  • Great Lakes Education
  • Public Access and Historic Preservation

For more information about the grant categories, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 150890

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Term of Contract:

WCMP Grants may start no earlier than July 1, 2020 and must complete by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are local units of governments, state agencies, colleges and universities, school districts, regional planning commissions serving coastal areas, tribal units of government and private, nonprofit organizations. (Special eligibility requirements for land acquisition, habitat restoration, and public access projects are noted below.)

Projects must be located in one or more Wisconsin counties adjacent to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

- Thursday, August 22, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County Highway G, Ashland

- Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Place, Green Bay

- Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Port Milwaukee
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

Pre-Application Information:

Application and Selection Timeline:
- Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
- Project Review Committee: January 2020
- WCMC Meeting: February 2020
- Projects Selected: March 2020
- Projects Begin: July 1, 2020*
- Project Completion: June 30, 2021

*Project start date of July 1 is not guaranteed for projects requiring additional approval. Contact staff for more information.

Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for project proposals and application requirements.

Applicants requesting more than $100,000 should contact the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to discuss their proposal.

Seven copies of the Grant Application and all attachments that are required to complete the application must be mailed to WCMP, postmarked by November 1, 2019.

The Grant Application form must also be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word – not .pdf) by email to or by mailing a flash drive to WCMP postmarked by November 1, 2019. Submission of an electronic version of the Grant Application by email does not replace the requirement to mail the seven copies of the Grant Application paper form by November 1, 2019.

WCMP Grant projects totaling $60,000 or less require a 50% match. Projects with a total budget larger than
$60,000 require a 60% match.

Match may be in-kind, cash, or a combination of the two. Applicants must certify that they can supply the required match. Match cannot be federal funds except for tribal "self-sufficiency" grants. Local money spent before the grant is awarded cannot be considered as match, including expenses incurred in preparing this application, preliminary engineering reports, etc.

Contact Information:

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

Seven copies of the Grant Application and all attachments that are required to complete the application must be mailed to:
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
P.O. Box 8944
Madison, WI 53708-8944

The Grant Application form must also be submitted electronically by email to:

Please direct questions to the following WCMP staff:
Mike Friis, (608) 267-7982

Kate Angel, (608) 267-7988

Todd Breiby, (608) 261-6349

Lauren Leckwee, (608) 267-2125

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USA: Wisconsin: Counties adjacent to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan

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