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Coastal Communities Grant (CCG) Program

Grants to Maine Agencies to Preserve
Natural Resources in Eligible Regions

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) - Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP)

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04/01/20 2:00 PM


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Grants to Maine government agencies for preservation efforts in eligible regions. Funding is intended to preserve natural resources. Eligible projects may address: preparedness for storms, flooding, and erosion, water quality improvements, habitat preservation, sustainable development, improving public access, and enhancing the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources. Grant program funds can be used in both organized and unorganized coastal communities. 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.

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Maine Coastal Program at the Department of Marine Resources are seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants for FY 2021. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Funding for this technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards

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Funds may be used for planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education, feasibility and vulnerability studies, and monitoring. At least 50% of total funds are expected to be allocated to adaptation planning projects which have a primary focus on preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 143191

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The minimum award amount for FY21 will be $15,000 and the maximum award amount will be $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Coastal Communities grant projects should begin by August 1, 2020 and must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Those 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. Partnerships are encouraged and those proposals documenting strong partnerships that further ensure the success of the project are strongly encouraged.

Coastal Regional Planning Commissions and coastal Councils of Government are defined as having some or all of their service area within the Maine coastal zone. Note, however, that funds from this grant program can only be used in portions of the coastal zone covered by these organizations.

These funds are for both organized municipalities and unorganized territories. Proposals serving coastal communities are eligible, regardless of organized/unorganized status. Organized municipalities must have a comprehensive plan with a current consistency finding issued by Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, or the former State Planning Office, however, in the case of a multi-municipal application, only one of the applicant municipalities must meet this requirement. Unorganized communities satisfy this requirement though the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) Comprehensive Land Use Plan:

Grant program funds cannot be used for construction, purchase of construction materials, acquisition of land, or permit fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Grant Program Schedule:
1) Notice of Award - May 18, 2020
2) Grant agreement preparation – June 2020
3) Grant agreements in place – July 13, 2020
4) Project Start Date – August 1, 2020
5) Project Completion Date – December 31, 2021

More information about the Maine Coastal Program (MCP) can be found at:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact: Ruta Dzenis, Senior Planner MPAP and (207) 287-2851

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The list communities located in the coastal zone and coastal zone map can be accessed here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Towns and Townships in Maine's Coastal Zone

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