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Wisconsin Coastal Management Program 

The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) is a land acquisition grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program coordinates the annual selection of up to four Wisconsin proposals to submit to NOAA for a national land acquisition grant competition. 

Wisconsin CELCP Funding Information

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program annually solicits coastal and estuarine land conservation acquisition projects from public agencies and units of government.  Please read the most recent Wisconsin Request for Proposal announcement below for information about this grant program. 

In each funding cycle, no more than four Wisconsin CELCP proposals will be submitted to NOAA for consideration.  These proposals will be evaluated on their relevance to national CELCP goals, relevance to Wisconsin CELCP priorities, and likelihood of the project's success.  If you have a land acquisition project that meets the state's CELC Plan priorities (see below), please contact

Applications are due October 10, 2016

CELCP Documents

Wisconsin Request for Proposals

Suggested Application/Scope of Work Template

Federal Funding Announcement

Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan

The Wisconsin Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation (CELC) Plan was approved by NOAA in November 2011.  The final plan will guide the selection of proposals and is available for download below.


The CELC Plan provides an assessment of priority land conservation needs and guidance for nominating and selecting Wisconsin land conservation projects to compete for CELCP grants nationally.

The national criteria for projects and project areas to be selected for CELC grants are as follows:

  • Protects 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;
  • Gives priority to lands which can be effectively managed and protected and that have significant ecological value;
  • Directly advances the goals, objectives, or implementation of the state's coastal management plan or program, NERR management plans approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), national objectives of the CZMA, or a regional or state watershed protection plan involving coastal states with approved coastal management plans; and
  • Is consistent with the state's approved coastal management program.

To date, Wisconsin has received CELCP grants totaling more than $4 million.

For more information about the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program please see the NOAA website: