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Two Coastal Program Grant Programs Open to Applicants

The Department of Marine Resources’ Maine Coastal Program (MCP) and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) are each seeking applications for coastal planning grants totaling $315,000. The two grants are the Shore and Harbor Planning Grant and the Coastal Community Grant. Applications are due by Friday, June 2, at 5 p.m.

These grants are being released to coincide with the next round of the Community Action Grants from the Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation, and the Future’s Community Resilience Partnership. The Community Action Grants will be released in spring 2023. Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, unorganized territories, tribal governments, and Regional Planning Organizations in Maine’s Coastal Zone.

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants provide resources for shoreline access planning, waterfront and harbor planning, identification and resolution of waterfront use conflicts, and planning, feasibility, and design efforts for resilient waterfront infrastructure. The Maine Coastal Program anticipates making multiple awards ranging from $5,000 - $50,000.

Coastal Community Grants support projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone that focus on the following priority coastal issues, as identified by Maine Coastal Program and the Maine Climate Council’s Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action:

  1. Building Community Resiliency to Adapt to a Changing Climate

  2. Planning for Green Infrastructure

  3. Preparing for Flooding, Sea Level Rise, Coastal Storms and Storm Surge, and Shoreline Erosion

  4. Land Use Activity Impacts on Water Quality

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program anticipates making multiple awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000.

More information on the two grant programs may be found here.

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