CZM Planning and Construction Grants

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Alcona County, Alger County, Allegan County, Alpena County, Antrim County Show all

Location of residency: Michigan

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Coastal Zone Management Program

Michigan's CZM Program was established in 1978 in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and focuses on three primary goals: 

  • Improving the administration of existing state shoreline statutes (e.g. Shorelands Act, Submerged Land Act, Sand Dunes Act and Wetlands Act). 
  • Providing technical and financial assistance to local partners for creative coastal projects. 
  • Improving governmental coordination to reduce delays, duplication and conflicts in coastal management decision making. 

The CZM Program provides strong leadership and advocacy for our coastal communities and ecological resources. It strives to foster environmental stewardship, encourage innovative methods for understanding and communicating coastal challenges, and serve as cooperative partners in economic development.             

Planning and Construction Grants


To assist coastal communities and other eligible applicants in meeting the goals and objectives identified in the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and Michigan’s Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program. The CZM Program consists of five focus areas including Public Access; Water Quality; Coastal Habitat; Coastal Hazards; and Coastal Community Development. For more information, visit our Web site at DEQ Coastal Management Program.

Focus areas

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 

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

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 

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

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

Goals of the Program

  • Assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities 
  • Protect and restore healthy coastal ecosystems
  • Prevent damage from coastal hazards
  • Create and enhance coastal public access
  • Protect coastal high quality waters
  • Preserve historic maritime structures
  • Promote environmental stewardship


  • Extent to which the project furthers CZM Program goals. 
  • Degree of public benefit to be derived from the project.
  • Leveraging private and public resources.
  • Project readiness and feasibility for completion within specified grant period.
  • The likelihood that the project could proceed in the absence of CZM Program funding.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility:
    • Coastal units of government.
    • Regional planning agencies and conservation districts
    • Academic institutions
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Tribal governments
  • All projects must be located within Michigan’s coastal boundary to be eligible for funding.
    • Michigan’s coastal boundary generally extends approximately 1,000 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark.
    • The boundary extends further inland in some locations to encompass important coastal features such as coastal wetlands, drowned river mouths bays, dunes, and natural areas.
  • Matching Funds: A one-to-one non-federal match is required for all projects and may be in the form of cash, in-kind services, or donations.