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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

Pre-proposal application materials for Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Coastal Management Assistance Grants (Cycle 26) are available now under "Additional Downloads." A pre-proposal must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for a full application.

The deadline to submit a pre-proposal is 11:59pm on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Applications must be submitted to coastal.grants@dnr.ohio.gov.

More Information

A live informational webinar was offered on two separate dates (Sept 13 and 15, 2021). The webinar 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.

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. 


Preproposals are typically due in September/October for funding beginning no earlier than July 1 of the following year. Specific dates are available by mid-August each 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