Coastal Program Announces $350,000 for Water Trails Grants

Jan. 8, 2018

The Coastal Management Program in the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announces a special Grant Funding Opportunity for coastal water trails.

The grant opportunity will make $350,000 available for planning and implementing water trail projects along Michigan’s more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes coastline. The plans and projects are intended to provide public access to water resources, enhance sustainable recreation opportunities and bolster the economies of coastal communities. Coastal Management Program staff will provide technical assistance and guidance to grantees.

Click to download the Grant Funding Opportunity criteria. Complete proposals must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 5.

Learn how the Office of the Great Lakes’ Coastal Management Program works to protect, restore, and enhance Michigan’s coastal resources at For more information, contact Weston Hillier. 


Michigan’s Coastal Management Program is funded in part through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which supports a nationwide network of state-federal partnerships protecting America’s fresh and saltwater coasts. Michigan’s Coastal Management Program celebrates 40 years in 2018.