Coastal Grants Available

March 31, 2016
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program announced that it is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2017. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. The two types of available grants covered by this announcement are Coastal Communities Grants and Shore and Harbor Management Grants. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as the Submerged Lands Program within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $100,000, while the Shore and Harbor grant have a maximum award of $30,000. Those eligible to apply include communities in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.

Grant applications are due Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Coastal Communities Grant Program
Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality, increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, conserve coastal habitat, promote sustainable development, and enhance the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources. This program is designed to address the following goals of the Maine Coastal Program: 

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

Shore and Harbor Technical Assistance Grants promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, advance planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront, harbor, and mooring areas; development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement; development of planning studies for public and working access; development of plans and designs for harbor improvements; and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.

The Maine Coastal Program FY17 Grant Program Statement can be found at:
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/financial_assistance.shtml


More information about the Maine Coastal Program can be found at:
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mcp/index.htm