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Grants to Illinois Local Agencies, Nonprofits, and IHEs for Environmental Projects in Eligible Areas

Coastal Management Program (CMP) Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management - Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP)
CFDA Number: 11.419
Funding or PIN Number: CSFA Number: 422-30-0103
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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Lake Michigan shoreline

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/08/23
Deadline: 01/05/24 5:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Illinois local governmental agencies, school districts, park districts, nonprofit organizations, and public institutions of higher education for environmental projects in eligible areas. Funding is intended to support activities and projects that preserve, protect, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.

Funding will be available for projects that:

  1. Improve the health of the coast and Lake Michigan 
  2. Enhance coastal public access, recreation, and coastal-dependent economic development
  3. Advance coastal community resilience

Funding Categories:

  • Funding Category 1: Coastal Habitats and Species
  • Funding Category 2: Coastal Public Access, Recreation, and Economic Development
  • Funding Category 3: Coastal Community Resilience

For priorities related to the funding categories, begin here:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Units of Local Government, Universities, and 501(c)3 Non-Profits

Eligible applicants include units of local government (e.g., municipalities, park districts, school districts, forest preserve districts), universities, and non-profit organizations. Private individuals, for-profit organizations, and organizations that cannot be pre-qualified through the State of Illinois grantee portal ( are not eligible to receive grant funds.

Public landowners and long-term lease holders are the only eligible applicants for on-the-ground projects such as low-cost construction or habitat restoration (please note - these are not being funded in this round). For planning projects, they require a letter of commitment from the landowner if the applicant does not own the land.

Additional Geographic Information:

Coast Area Map:

Grant and match funds cannot be used for:
- Food and beverage
- On-the-ground or site-specific planning projects outside of the Coastal Area (see Figure 1)
- Land acquisition
- Academic research
- Any costs that are not allowed under section 306A of the Coastal Zone Management Act ( This includes large-scale construction, improvements that result in private or commercial gain, hardened shoreline structures, beach re-nourishment, dredging, gray infrastructure, transportation projects, and general recreational facilities such as playground equipment.
- Any costs that are not allowed under Federal Grant Cost Principles (2 CFR 200, Subpart E,

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will be held on November 8, 2023 at 10 a.m. on WEBEX

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Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Deadline has been extended to January 5, 2024 at 5 p.m.

Match: 1:1 Non-federal match required; 1:3 Non-federal match for government entities in Economically Challenged Communities (see for further details) ​​​

This is a reimbursement grant. Full documentation of all grant and match expenses is required for reimbursement.

Estimated Size of Grant
$1,000 to $150,000

Citizen science grants are limited to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Grant Period: 18 months (September 1, 2024 - Spring 2026)

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Coastal Management Program
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 217-782-6302

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