OH Coastal Management Assistance Grants

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Next anticipated deadline: Oct 11, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 13, 2020 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $102,000

Fields of work: Freshwater Conservation Recreation Land/Habitat Conservation Water Resource Management Urban Planning Community Culture & Heritage Outdoor Recreation Farmland Preservation Historic Preservation Environmental Conservation Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County, Erie County, Lake County, Lorain County Show all

Location of residency: Ohio

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More than $5.62 million in Coastal Management Assistance Grants have been awarded to 141 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with applicants providing a minimum of 50 percent of the project costs. This is a reimbursement grant program whereby the project sponsor is expected to make the initial outlays for the project and then request reimbursement.

Eligible Project Categories

Grants can be issued to eligible entities for a variety of purposes such as improving water quality, coastal planning, education programs, land acquisition, research, improving public access, habitat restoration and innovative projects. These categories include:

  • Feasibility studies and engineering reports
  • Protecting/preserving wetlands, beaches, fish and wildlife habitats, minerals, natural areas, prime agricultural land, endangered plant and animal species, and other significant natural coastal resources
  • Managing shoreline development to prevent loss of life and property in coastal flood hazard areas and coastal erosion areas, to set priorities for water-dependent energy, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses, or to identify environmentally acceptable sites for dredge spoil disposal
  • Increasing public access to Lake Erie and other public places in the coastal area
  • Protecting/preserving historical, cultural and aesthetic coastal resources
  • Improving the predictability and efficiency of governmental decision making related to coastal management
  • Adopting, administering and enforcing zoning ordinances/resolutions relating to coastal flood hazard areas and coastal erosion areas
  • Redeveloping deteriorating and underutilized waterfronts and ports
  • Other purposes approved by the director.

Funding Details and Priorities

Approximately $300,000 to $500,000 is expected to be awarded in funding Cycle 24 (FY 2021). Grants are available in the seven categories listed. FY 2021 priority category is in bold.

  • Coastal Planning
  • Public Access
  • Water Quality
  • Coastal Resource Management Education and Outreach
  • Coastal Land Acquisition
  • Habitat Restoration and Demonstration of Innovative Practices
  • Research and Data Collection

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


  • Who is Eligible:
    • Units of local government, including municipalities, townships, counties and villages
    • Area-wide agencies, including county and regional planning agencies
    • State agencies whose activities affect or are affected by activities in the coastal area
    • Colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning
    • School districts
    • Park districts, conservancy districts and port authorities
    • Nonprofit organizations that are legally constituted as 501(c)(3) organizations and have been nominated to undertake the project by one of the other eligible entities listed above
      • Note: Nonprofit organizations are only eligible for non-construction/non-acquisition projects.
  • Prospective projects are eligible only if they will be conducted within the Designated Ohio Coastal Management Area boundary or will be able to demonstrate direct and substantial benefits within the boundary.
  • Matching Funds:
    • Applicants must provide at least 50 percent of a project's costs.


  • Non-Eligible Project Categories:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Construction of erosion control structures
    • Beach re-nourishment
    • Maintenance
    • General recreational facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields and courts, etc.
    • Road and parking lot construction
    • Water and sewer line construction
    • Wetland or other habitat restoration that is required as a condition of a permit or other regulatory action