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Coastal Management Assistance Grants

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 $6 million in Coastal Management Assistance Grants have been awarded for 146 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998.

Application Process  FFY 2023

  • An informational webinar (Sept 13 and 15, 2021) focused on Coastal Management Assistance Grants and include tips on the "dos and don’ts" of grant writing. Brief information on a number of other grant programs also was provided. The presentation is attached for those who could not attend.
  • Pre-proposals were due October 17, 2021.
  • November 1, 2021: Project applicants are being notified of their pre-proposal status.
  • Agencies with approved Pre-proposals are invited to submit a Full Application by the December 13, 2021 deadline. Applications must be submitted to coastal.grants@dnr.ohio.gov.

Full Application and Supplemental Forms

Download the Full Application Checklist [pdf] so you can be sure your project application is complete.

  1. Basic Electronic Application  FFY 2023 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 [docx]
    - Federal Consistency Certification [pdf]
    - Acquisition Cost Analysis [pdf]
    - Attorney Title Opinion [pdf]
    - Public Ownership Affidavit [pdf]

For any questions regarding Coastal Management Assistance Grants, please contact Amanda Kovach at amanda.kovach@dnr.ohio.gov or Steve Holland at steve.holland@dnr.ohio.gov.

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 other federal funds cannot be used for match. 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. 

Timeframes

  • Pre-proposals are required and typically due in September/October. Specific dates are available by mid-August each year.
  • Approvef pre-proposals are notified in November to submit the full 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