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Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program

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

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - Office of the Great Lakes (OGL)

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12/15/17 Postmarked or Hand-Delivered


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, universities, school districts, and regional planning agencies to promote environmental stewardship in coastal areas. Program areas include coastal habitat, coastal hazards, public access, coastal water quality, and coastal community development.

Bordered by four Great Lakes, Michigan is graced with the world’s longest freshwater coastline. The Michigan Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program, housed in the Office of the Great Lakes, promotes wise management of the cultural and natural resources of Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal areas by fostering environmental stewardship through the development and application of tools, science-based policies, and effective regulation.

The CZM Program provides grant funds to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems, and development of coastal recreation and tourism opportunities.

Complete applications will be evaluated for funding based on the following considerations:
-CZM Program Focus Area preferences.
-Overall quality and clarity of the application.
-Organizational capability of the applicant to complete the project as proposed.
-Project readiness and feasibility for completion within the specified grant period.
-Degree of public benefit to be derived from the project.
-Measurability of project outcomes.

CZM Program Focus Areas:

A. Public Access:

The Great Lakes are a primary focus for recreation and tourism in Michigan. The CZM Program protects, restores, creates, and enhances public access to the Great Lakes using approaches that support coastal communities, foster appreciation of our natural resources, and create tourism opportunities.

Examples of projects include: plans for non-motorized trails and water trails; mapping and assessments of existing trails to identify and analyze gaps in access, signage, and user amenities; development of engineering/design plans; and low-cost construction of universally accessible pathways, boardwalks, floating docks, pervious launching areas, canoe/kayak storage racks, or other site amenities.

The State is authorized to provide grant assistance pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Increase and improve universal public access to the Great Lakes with the use of low-impact development techniques and environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials for construction.
-Link recreational trails with tourism opportunities through the development of a Trail Town Master Plan that provides a framework for capital improvement, or implement Trail Town Master Plan recommendations.
-Develop, enhance, and promote place-based identities for communities’ coastal tourism efforts based on uniquely regional or local characteristics, cultural identify, natural resources/eco-tourism, etc.

B. Coastal Habitat

The CZM Program is committed to protecting, preserving, and restoring healthy coastal wetlands, beaches and dunes. As the first defense against storm surge reducing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion, the natural infrastructure is critical for coastal communities’ resilience as well as maintaining beneficial ecological plant and animal communities.

Examples of projects include: research and assessment of existing plants and animals in various habitat types; inventories of natural features; and planning for habitat protection, restoration, and resource management.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Identify, assess, quantify, and communicate the value of coastal ecosystem management and how changes in these ecosystems impact coastal communities.
-Improve the understanding of the methodologies, effectiveness, costs, and challenges associated with implementing nature-based coastal infrastructure projects.
-Incorporate place-based approaches into restoration and conservation projects.

C. Coastal Hazards:

The CZM Program is committed to increase coastal communities’ understanding of the risks resulting from coastal erosion and flooding and to build the ability to respond and adapt to coastal storms and Great Lakes water levels variabilities (e.g. the highs and the lows).

Examples of projects include: coastal engineering designs used as basis to develop a no-build zone; and plans for the movement of infrastructure back from eroding shorelines.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Improve the technical assistance and guidance on best management practices and policies that minimize the risks to coastal hazards and adapt to changes in the climate.
-Build the knowledge of local coastal decision-makers by connecting them to available data, information, tools, and funding.
-Seek to sustain natural dune and beach systems to leverage their protective assets and take steps to avoid the need for hard shore protection now and in the future.

D. Coastal Water Quality:

The CZM Program is committed to the protection of high quality waters. There are important water quality benefits and potential cost savings from protecting high quality waters and preventing impairments in waters that currently meet water quality standards. Protection, restoration, and enhancement of critical coastal resources such as wetlands and beaches are essential for the protection of high quality waters.

Examples of projects include: development of ordinances, policies, and/or plans addressing management of coastal nonpoint source pollution; and implementation activities to protect and improve beach health at publicly-owned Great Lakes beaches.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Implement activities that are part of an adopted waterfront or coastal community plan that incorporate green infrastructure practices that reduce storm water runoff and that utilize environmentally friendly materials.

E. Coastal Community Development:

The CZM Program is committed to plan and manage future growth and development on lands adjacent to the coast, while protecting coastal natural resources, maritime heritage resources, water-dependent livelihoods and recreation, and other assets and activities that contribute to the community’s sense of place.

Examples of projects include: port and waterfront redevelopment plans, form-based codes and zoning overlays; and other research designed to inform community planning, zoning, and development efforts.

Note: Community land use plans and zoning ordinances must be developed in accordance with the requirements of applicable state planning and zoning enabling statutes.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Encourage water-dependent commercial and recreational uses that diversify the community or regional economy.
-Develop coastal community resilient master plans and/or implement local policies to effectively prepare, respond, and adapt to the coastal hazards such as storms, flooding, erosion, and Great Lakes level variability.
-Create regional or multi-jurisdictional tourism development and marketing plans based on asset inventories of coastal natural resources, water-based recreation resources, and maritime cultural resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177013

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts are no less than $10,000 and no greater than $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is October 1, 2018, and no more than 15-months from the start date of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is Eligible:

-Coastal units of government including cities, counties, villages, and townships.
-Regional planning agencies.
-Universities and school districts.
-Tribal governments.
-Nonprofit organizations.

Project Location:

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 available through:

Who is Ineligible:

An applicant for whom any of the following conditions existed in the 24 months prior to the application deadline for this GFO 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.

Note: Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to propose nor be part of low-cost construction projects.

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, parking lots or other transportation related projects.
-Purchase of general purpose equipment such as computers, cameras, and/or printers.
-Large-scale beach renourishment projects.
-Shoreline hardened erosion control structures (e.g. groins, seawalls, etc.)
-Private resident benefit.
-Permit fees.

Pre-Application Information:

A one-to-one non-federal match is required for all projects. Applicants are to provide documentation of committed match funds. Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind services, or donations.

The CZM Program encourages interested applicants to contact program staff early in the proposal development process for assistance and guidance.

Complete applications must be postmarked, or hand-delivered, no later than December 15, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Please contact the following program staff for the following project types:

Public Access:
Weston Hillier

Coastal Habitat:
Karen Boase

Coastal Hazards:
Matt Warner

Coastal Water Quality:
Ronda Wuycheck

Coastal Community Development
Matt Smar

Michigan Coastal Zone Management
Program Office of the Great Lakes
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7973

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: CZM Program Coastal Boundaries