Coastal Grants Program

Coastal Management Grants


The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) administers WCMP Grants in collaboration with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCMC) and the Office for Coastal Management (OCM), U.S. Department of Commerce, through funding provided under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Approximately $1.5 million of WCMP Grants will be available for:

  • Coastal wetland protection and habitat restoration
  • Nonpoint source pollution control
  • Coastal resource and community planning
  • Great Lakes education
  • Public access and historic preservation projects


2018-2019 Application Materials


The following materials are needed to apply for a 2018-2019 WCMP grant. Please read all materials carefully.

Applications are due Friday, November 3, 2017. Contact staff at coastal@wisconsin.gov with any questions.

  1. Cover Memo and Workshop Schedule (PDF)
  2. Request for Proposal (PDF)
  3. Detailed Applications Instructions, includes REQUIRED certification forms for all applications (PDF)
  4. Grant Application Form (Word)

Applicants are highly encouraged to discuss proposals with staff prior to the due date.


2018-2019 Applicant Information


The Wisconsin Coastal Management Council Project Selection Committee will meet in January 2018 to hear grant applicants' presentations and develop funding recommendations for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. The funding recommendations will be approved by the Coastal Management Council at the February 2018 meeting. The Department of Administration Secretary will make the final funding decisions. 

Important dates to remember:

  • Grant Workshops: August-September 2017
  • Application Deadline: November 3, 2017
  • Project Review Committee: January 2018
  • WCMC Meeting: February 2018
  • Projects Selected: March 2018
  • Projects Begin: July 1, 2018*
  • Project Completion: June 30, 2019

*Project start date of July 1 is not guaranteed for projects requiring additonal approval. Contact staff for more information.


Required Forms & Reporting


*Current grant recipients only*

Grantees are required to submit progress reports (quarterly), final reports, and invoices using Program supplied templates. Please contact Lauren Leckwee (lauren.leckwee@wisconsin.gov) or your assigned grant manager if you have not received one of these templates.

Performance Measures

Regarding Performance Measures, the WCMP, as terms of continuing federal grant funding, is required to submit numbers for defined areas in:

    • Public Access - Sites created or enhanced
    • Coastal Habitat - # of Acres restored
    • Training Events - all related events in any category
    • Coastal Dependent Uses & Community - developed or implemented plans, policies, ordinances
    • Government Coordination & Decision Making (Program only)

The numbers generated by activities in these areas must be reported for the fiscal year in which they occurred. For example, an activity occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 must be reported to WCMP by June 30, 2018 regardless of extension status.

Due Dates

    • Quarterly Reports: September 30, December 30, March 30, June 30 for the duration
    • Final Report: No later than 60 days after the end of the grant period
Questions, comments, or concerns regarding the required reporting should be directed to the Federal Reporting Coordinator here.

2019-2020 Request for Proposals


RFP will be available in August 2018. Contact staff to discuss proposal ideas.