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Coastal Management Assistance Grants

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The Coastal Management Assistance Grant program is a competitive annual grant opportunity offered through the Ohio Coastal Management Program. Grants can be issued to eligible entities for water quality improvement, coastal planning, education programs, land acquisition, research, public access, habitat restoration, and other purposes. More than $8 million in Coastal Management Assistance Grants have been awarded for 155 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998. Including non-federal match, over $13 million has been invested in CMAG projects since program inception.

Application Process

  • Full Proposal Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Applications will only be accepted for projects that were the subject of a Preproposal submitted by the October 31, 2022 deadline.
  • All Applications must be submitted to coastal.grants@dnr.ohio.gov.

Full Application and Supplemental Forms

The following forms are required to be submitted with Full Applications. Download the Full Application Checklist [pdf] so you can be sure your project application is complete.

  1. Basic Electronic Application  Cycle 27 Full Project Application [pdf]
  2. Supplemental Forms — Some of these are required for all projects, others are required based on the type of project. Consult the checklist for details.
    - Budget Detail [xlsx]
    - Financial Audit [pdf]
    - Resolution of Authorization [pdf]
    - Data Sharing Plan [pdf]
    - 306A Questionnaire
    - Federal Consistency Certification [pdf]
    - Acquisition Cost Analysis [pdf]
    - Attorney Title Opinion [pdf]
    - Public Ownership Affidavit [pdf]


Grant Details

Funding is provided through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Approximately $300,000 to $500,000 total is available for projects annually. Applications should request $50,000 to $150,000 in federal funds. 

A minimum 1:1 non-federal match is required, and federal funds cannot be used as match (other than Community Development Block Grants). Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible recipients include units of local government (municipalities, townships, counties, school districts, park districts, port authorities, etc.), state agencies, academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations. Only public entities are eligible to receive grants for construction, engineering/design, or land acquisition projects. 


  • Pre-proposals are required and are typically due in September/October. 
  • Approved Pre-proposals are notified in November to submit an Application, which is due in December.
  • Funding is for projects that begin no earlier than July 1 of the following year.

Eligible Uses of Funds

  • Feasibility studies and engineering reports for enhancing coastal resources
  • Protection/enhancement of wetlands, dunes, and other coastal habitat
  • Habitat enhancement using dredge material
  • Increased public access to Lake Erie and its tributaries
  • Protection of historical and cultural coastal resources
  • Redevelopment of deteriorating or underutilized waterfronts and ports
  • Other purposes approved by the Director of ODNR

Ineligible Uses of Funds

  • Restroom facilities
  • Erosion control structures
  • Beach nourishment
  • Maintenance activities
  • Active recreation facilities, such as ball fields, etc.
  • Parking lots or roads
  • Water or sewer lines
  • Activities required as a permit condition or mitigation
  • Construction on private property
  • Construction or acquisition outside the designated Coastal Area
  • Other uses that are deemed ineligible