Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) Grants

Purpose:  To protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.


Goals of the Program: 

To protect high quality, sensitive coastal areas; protect rare and threatened species and natural communities; maintain biodiversity and protect the coastal natural communities necessary to support diversity; maintain Michigan’s cultural heritage; fulfill recreational needs; utilize previously created conservation and management plans to identify projects that are eligible for funding; ensure lands acquired under this program are effectively managed.  Additional information about the CELCP program at the national level is available at:


The project must: be located within the State’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program boundary as identified in Michigan’s DRAFT CELCP Plan; be held in public ownership (fee simple or conservation easements) and provide conservation in perpetuity; provide for access to the general public or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection; and promote the goals of the state’s DRAFT CELCP Plan.



  • State of Michigan Departments
  • Local units of government, including cities, counties, villages and townships
  • Conservation Districts
  • State colleges and universities
  • Tribal governments


Application Process: 
Request for Proposals (RFPs) are announced annually with a deadline for application. Eligible applicants can contact DEQ, Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) staff for grant application materials.


Nominating Procedures:   
Grant applications are reviewed by the DEQ based on the criteria in the state’s DRAFT CELCP Plan. Site visits may be conducted and projects are scored and ranked based on how well they further the CELCP objectives. Up to 4 proposals may be submitted from the Coastal Management Program to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for inclusion in the national competition annually.



A  Request for Proposals is typically distributed by the CZMP within the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) annually published by NOAA.


Projects are typically selected for submittal annually.  Funds become available the following year.


Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max): 
Maximum grant amounts are $1,500,000.  There is no minimum grant requirement.


Required Match:  
The match requirement is 1:1. Local match can be in the form of cash, in-kind services, donated land value (where appropriate), and other grant funds from non-federal sources.


Source(s) of Funds:  
U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA.


The CELCP was created by Public Law 107-77 and codified at 16 U.S.C. 1456d.


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



Recent Awards/Example Project:  See