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Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program

Grants to Michigan Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits
to Enhance Environmental Quality in Coastal Areas

GrantWatch ID#: 177013
Agency Type:


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Office of the Great Lakes

12/16/16 Postmarked or Hand-Delivered

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Michigan local governments, regional agencies, IHEs, tribal organizations, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to enhance coastal ecosystems and communities. Projects may focus on public access, habitat improvement, hazard mitigation, water quality, and community development.

The Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program in the Office of the Great Lakes offers grant funds annually for creative projects that further the following objectives:

-Protect and restore healthy coastal ecosystems, including fish and wildlife habitat
-Create and enhance public access to the Great Lakes and coastal resources
-Preserve historic maritime structures
-Revitalize urban waterfronts
-Minimize loss of life and property in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards including erosion, floods, and dangerous currents
-Promote stewardship of coastal resources
-Protect coastal water quality

Focus Areas:

1) Public Access:

-Site planning, design, and engineering for low-cost construction projects;

-Low-cost construction projects such as non-motorized coastal trails, boardwalks, barrier-free canoe/kayak launches and fishing piers, pervious parking lots and walkways, viewing decks, interpretive signage, and other amenities to improve public access.

2) Coastal Habitat:

-On-the-ground protection and restoration projects for Great Lakes beaches, dunes, wetlands, streams and nearshore habitat;

-Feasibility studies and planning for habitat protection, restoration and resource management;

-Inventories of natural features that are incorporated into a local or statewide plan.

3) Coastal Hazards:

-Development of regional coastal hazard atlases;

-Development and implementation of local shoreline management plans or coastal zoning ordinances providing construction setbacks or buffers that complement those of the state’s high risk erosion area program;

-Site-level shoreline erosion assessments on public lands for implementation of soft-shore approaches to shoreline stabilization.

4) Coastal Water Quality:

-Development of ordinances, policies and/or plans addressing management of coastal nonpoint source pollution;

-On-the-ground implementation activities to protect and improve beach health at public-owned Great Lakes beaches.

5) Coastal Community Development:

-Development of ordinances, policies and plans focused on management of coastal resources based on an ecosystem approach;

-Planning & feasibility studies for waterfront redevelopment and ports management;

-Development and promotion of regional coastal tourism and recreation opportunities;

-Collaborative regional or multi-jurisdictional planning or policy development.

Low-cost construction projects (e.g., footprint) must be located entirely within the approved Michigan’s CZM Program coastal boundary. Other projects must lead to improved coastal management within the CZM boundary. Please refer to the coastal zone boundary maps.


$10,000 - $100,000

The anticipated project start date is October 1, 2017, and up to 15 months from the start date of the project.

Eligible Organizations:
-Coastal government including cities, counties, villages and townships
-Area-wide agencies including conservation districts, county and regional planning agencies
-Universities and school districts
-Tribal governments
-Nonprofit organizations (non-construction projects only)

An applicant for whom any of the following conditions existed in the 12 months prior to the application deadline for this RFP is not eligible for funding:
-DEQ grant contract terminated.
-Unresolved DEQ enforcement actions.
-History of inability to manage or meet DEQ contractual terms and conditions.

Ineligible Uses for Grant Funds:
-Land acquisition projects.
-Plans and designs for general recreational and athletic facilities such as playground equipment, ball fields and courts.
-Plans and designs for restroom facilities.
-Dredging projects including removal of contaminated sediments.
-Roadway design projects.
-Recreation plans.
-Purchase of general purpose equipment such as computers, cameras and/or printers.
-Large-scale beach renourishment or hard structure erosion control projects.
-Permit fees.

Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Document:,4561,7-135-3313_3677_3696-379671--,00.html

Michigan Coastal Notes:,4561,7-135-3313_3677_3696-183331--,00.html

Coastal Zone Boundary Maps:,4561,7-135-3313_3677_3696-90802--,00.html

Grants require a 1:1 match. Local match can be in the form of cash, in-kind services, and other grant funds from non- federal sources.

Complete applications must be postmarked, or hand-delivered, no later than December 16, 2016.

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

Coastal Hazards:
Matt Warner

Coastal Community Development:
Matt Smar

Coastal Habitat:
Karen Boase

Public Access:
Ronda Wuycheck

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USA: Michigan

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