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Coastal Zone Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
IHEs for Environmental Conservation in Coastal Areas

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program

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10/18/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs in designated areas for the conservation of natural resources. Focus areas include wetlands, public access for recreation, intergovernmental coordination, coastal hazard areas, coastal nonpoint source pollution, and ocean resources and biodiversity. Projects must be located entirely within the Delaware Estuary or Lake Erie Coastal Zones.

Grant awards are used to implement the CRM Program and provide a grant-in-aid program if sufficient funds permit. Monies are dispersed to fund projects within the coastal zone and coastal non-point pollution boundaries, such as planning, design, engineering, education, outreach, construction, acquisition and research as authorized by Section 306A of the CZMA, as amended.

Coastal Zone Focus Areas

CRMP implements 34 individual policies arranged into 11 categories. These policies are employed through a combination of public outreach, technical assistance, the CZMA Federal Consistency reviews, and CRMP’s pass-through grant awards. The 11 focus area categories are as follows:

  1. Coastal Hazard Areas: Incudes Lake Erie bluff recession, shoreline erosion, wave action and coastal flooding, including flooding from projected sea level rise and storm surge.
  2. Dredging and Spoil Disposal: Dredging activities are not eligible for funding.
  3. Fisheries Management: Involves activities supporting ecologically and economically important fisheries and their habitats.
  4. Wetlands: Involves the protection, enhancement, and creation of coastal wetlands to maintain benefits for wildlife habitat, flood control, water quality, water flow stabilization and environmental diversity (biodiversity).
  5. Public access for recreation: Includes efforts to meet the public need for boating, fishing, birding, walking, picnicking, sightseeing and other recreational pursuits associated with waterfronts.
  6. Historic sites and structures: Preservation, restoration and enhancement of coastally significant historic sites and structures within the coastal zones.
  7. Port activities: Development and enhancement of coastal port infrastructure.
  8. Energy facilities siting: Proper siting of energy-producing facilities to protect fragile coastal ecosystems.
  9. Intergovernmental coordination: Includes intergovernmental efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s coastal resources, especially the quality of air and water.
  10. Public involvement: Increase awareness, provide information and create opportunities for public participation in a variety of coastal issues.
  11. Ocean resources/biodiversity: Includes efforts directed toward the research, study, and/or management of non-native (invasive) aquatic or terrestrial plant and/or animal species.

In addition to the 11 policy categories listed above, CRMP also has developed a NOAA-approved Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program Plan. Activities that protect coastal waters from nonpoint source pollution resulting from marinas and recreational boating, urban activities, hydromodifications, agriculture, and other nonpoint sources are eligible for funding.

More information about these focus areas can be found on page 3 of the Application Instruction document in Supporting Documents, below.

Eligible projects can be found on page 7 of the Application Instruction document.

Reimbursable expenses can be found on page 12 of the Application Instruction document.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138278

Estimated Size of Grant:

A $75,000 grant limit is generally imposed on any single project. Applicants with proposals requesting more than $75,000 in grant funding should discuss funding alternatives with CRM program staff before submitting an application.

Term of Contract:

Grants are contracted to begin with the start of the federal fiscal year on October 1 and terminate 18 months later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Local governments: counties and municipalities.
- Area-wide agencies: county and regional planning agencies.
- State agencies.
- Educational institutions: school districts, colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning.
- Conservation districts, port authorities, and public authorities.
- Incorporated nonprofit, including 501(c)(3), organizations that are eligible to receive federal grants.

The following types of projects are not considered eligible project activities:
- Conventional restroom facilities
- General recreation and athletic facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields/courts, etc.
- Roadway design and construction
- Water and sewer line construction
- Dredging operations
- Permit application fees
- Projects required to fulfill a state or federal permit condition or other regulatory action

Pre-Application Information:

The next FFY 2022 Coastal Zone grant application period is anticipated to open on August 30, 2021 until 4PM October 18, 2021.

Applications submitted via e-mail, hard copy or fax will not be accepted. Applications submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Matching funds are required on a one-to-one matching basis; this means that each dollar of coastal zone funds must be matched by at least one dollar from cash or acceptable non-cash sources.

Applicants must also provide a federal Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. This number is a unique nine-digit identification number assigned by Dun & Bradstreet.

Payment will be made to the grantee for reimbursement of costs incurred for work performed. Payments will be linked to project performance. Payment will be withheld if project schedules and deliverables are not met. Reimbursement will be based on the funds identified in the executed grant agreement. Final payment will not be made until receipt of a final report and any other deliverables.

Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with CRMP in advance of submitting the grant application. Please contact CRMP Central Office for more information.

Applicants are typically notified late the following summer as to status of their grant application. If approved, applicants must execute a grant agreement with DEP. Following full execution of this grant agreement, work may begin on or after the Oct. 1 start date. *Note: Applications for grant funding are accepted a full year before project work may begin. Please consider this timeline in project planning.

Coastal Zone Grant Application Materials:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Compacts and Commissions Office/Central Office
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Compacts and Commissions Office
Coastal Resources Management
400 Market St., P.O. Box 8465
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8465
Ph: 717-772-4785
Fx: 717-783-4690

For technical questions, contact:
(800) 379-7448

Grant Coverage Areas:

See maps of Coastal Boundary Zones on page 23 of the Application Instruction document in Supporting Documents, below.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Delaware Estuary or Lake Erie Coastal Zones

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