Michigan's Coastal Management Program was developed under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and approved in 1978. Since then, the MCMP has provided financial assistance to eligible applicants to plan community land use and manage growth; protect, manage and restore coastal habitats; restore historic maritime structures; revitalize urban waterfronts; and increase recreational opportunities along Michigan's Great Lakes coast.

Requests for funding are limited to a maximum of $60,000 of grant funds for all projects not involving construction. Low-cost construction projects have a minimum requested amount of $5,000 and a maximum limit of $50,000 of grant funds. With one limited exception, applicants must provide a 1:1 non-federal match, which may include in-kind services, donations, or cash. The exception is non-construction projects that promote specific MCMP initiatives outlined in the "Coastal Management Request for Proposals".

Funds are being made available to encourage projects that reflect Michigan's Coastal Management Program (MCMP) objectives which include:

  • Create and enhance coastal public access
  • Assist the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities
  • Protect and restore health coastal natural communities, including fish and wildlife habitat
  • Prevent damage from coastal erosion and flood hazards
  • Protect coastal water quality and reduce nonpoint source pollution in coastal watersheds

    Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Coastal units of government including cities, counties, villages, and townships
  • Area-wide agencies including regional planning agencies and conservation districts
  • State agencies
  • Universities and school districts
  • Tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations (non-construction projects only)

  • Grant applications are sent out at the beginning of each year and must be submitted by May 15th in order to beconsidered for funding in January of the following year.

    Michigan Coastal Management Program

    For more information regarding Coastal Management, please contact CUPPAD or email Michelle Dewitt.



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