Planning and Construction Grants

Purpose:  To assist coastal communities and other eligible applicants in meeting the goals and objectives identified in the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and Michigan’s Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program. The CZM Program consists of five focus areas including Public Access; Water Quality; Coastal Habitat; Coastal Hazards; and Coastal Community Development. For more information, visit our Web site at DEQ Coastal Management Program. 


Goals of the Program: 


  • Assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities
  • Protect and restore healthy coastal ecosystems
  • Prevent damage from coastal hazards
  • Create and enhance coastal public access
  • Protect coastal high quality waters
  • Preserve historic maritime structures
  • Promote environmental stewardship




  • Extent to which the project furthers CZM Program goals.
  • Degree of public benefit to be derived from the project.
  • Leveraging private and public resources.
  • Project readiness and feasibility for completion within specified grant period.
  • The likelihood that the project could proceed in the absence of CZM Program funding.



  • Coastal units of government.
  • Regional planning agencies and conservation districts
  • Academic institutions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Tribal governments

All projects must be located within Michigan’s coastal boundary to be eligible for funding. Michigan’s coastal boundary generally extends approximately 1,000 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark. The boundary extends further inland in some locations to encompass important coastal features such as coastal wetlands, drowned river mouths bays, dunes, and natural areas.



Application Process:  The Request for Proposal (RFP) is announced and posted annually on the DEQ Coastal Management Program Web site. 


Nominating Procedures:   Grant applications are reviewed based on the criteria stated in the respective RFP and recommended projects are submitted for final approval to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.


Deadlines:  The Request for Proposal is offered annually with an October 1 release date and application due date of December 31.


Timelines:  Grant awards become available for successful applicants the following October.


Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max):  Grant awards may not be less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000.


Required Match:  A one-to-one non-federal match is required for all projects and may be in the form of cash, in-kind services, or donations. Applicants are required to provide documentation of secured match funding at the time of application.


Source(s) of Funds:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.


Authority:  Federal Coastal Zone Management Act.


Responsible Division/Office Contact:  Office of the Great Lakes, Coastal Management Unit, Ronda Wuycheck, 517-284-5040.



Recent Awards/Example Project:  See the CMP Web site.