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

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) Grant


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Funding Source
Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) - Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCMC) - U.S. Department of Commerce, Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin: Counties adjacent to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/03/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, IHEs, and school districts to preserve and enhance the state's coastal resources. Applicants requesting larger grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects in the following areas: coastal wetland protection and habitat restoration, nonpoint source pollution control, coastal resource and community planning, Great Lakes education, public access, and historic preservation. Projects must be located in one or more Wisconsin counties adjacent to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan.

The WCMP supports the management, protection, and restoration of Wisconsin's coastal resources, and increases public access to the Great Lakes. 

WCMP Grants are available in five categories. 

  1. Coastal Wetland Protection and Habitat Restoration
  2. Nonpoint Source Pollution Control
  3. Coastal Resources and Community Planning
  4. Great Lakes Education
  5. Public Access and Historic Preservation

More on these categories can be found at

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. 


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.

Information about ineligible activities can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grant Workshop *Virtual* September 19, 2023 from 1:00-3:00pm. Registration not required.

Check back on the Full Grant Text RFP link for meeting details and how to join​.

Pre-Application Information
Important dates to remember:
- Application Deadline: November 3, 2023
- Project Review Committee: January 2024
- WCMC Meeting: February 2024
- Projects Selected: March 2024
- Projects Begin: July 1, 2024*
- Project Completion: June 30, 2025

Applicants do not need to mail any hard copies to WCMP.​​ Applications are due November 3, 2023.​

Although it is not required unless the grant request exceeds $100,000, applicants are encouraged to reach out to WCMP staff while developing proposals. Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for project proposals and application requirements. Staff are available to answer questions about eligibility, application details, review process, etc., as well as discuss the substantive aspects of a proposal.

There is a cost-share requirement for all projects. Matching funds must be from non-federal sources, and may be in the form of in-kind contributions. 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.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
WCMP Grants may start no earlier than July 1, 2024 and must be complete by June 30, 2025.

Contact Information
To submit the application and for more information please contact staff at

WCMP staff welcome questions and discussion of project ideas. Please contact WCMP staff at:
- Mike Friis, (608) 267-7982:
- Kate Angel, (608) 267-7988:
- Todd Breiby, (608) 261-6349:
- Lauren Leckwee, (608) 267-2125:
- Lydia Salus, (608) 266-3687:

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