State seeks community, regional applicants for coastal grants

Feb 17, 2020

Augusta — Communities are invited to apply by April 1 for grants for municipal and regional projects in Maine's Coastal Zone in fiscal year 2021.

The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $100,000. Communities eligible to apply include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone, coastal regional planning commissions and coastal councils of government.

Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The call for applications comes from the Municipal Planning Assistance Program at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry together with the Maine Coastal Program at the Department of Marine Resources.

Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality, increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, conserve coastal habitat, promote sustainable development, and enhance the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources.

This program is designed to address the five priority goals of the Maine Coastal Program: ensuring sustainable, vibrant coastal communities; improving coastal public access, addressing the effects of land use activity on water quality, restoring coastal habitats and preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards.

The FY21 Coastal Community Grant Program Statement can be found at maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/financial_assistance.shtml.

Case studies, which include "Lessons Learned" of projects funded with CCGs can be found at maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/casestudies/ccg-case-studies.shtml.

More information about the Maine Coastal Program can be found at 
maine.gov/dmr/mcp/about/index.htm.

 

 

 

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