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August 06, 2019

2020-21 Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Grants Available

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is seeking proposals to enhance, preserve, protect and restore resources within the state’s coastal zone – all counties adjacent to Lakes Superior and Michigan, with their nearly 1000 miles of shoreline. We anticipate awarding up to $1.5 million in grant funding.

WCMP Grants are 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. Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for project proposals and application requirements. When developing proposals, please pay close attention to the following items:

  • Application materials and the Request for Proposals are available on the WCMP website (
  • There is a cost-share requirement for all projects. Matching funds must be from non-federal sources, and may be in the form of in-kind contributions.
  • For habitat restoration and construction projects, be sure to include copies of all required permits or permit applications and title documentation with the application materials.
  • For all projects, be sure to include copies of required documentation and letters of support.​​

We have scheduled three informational workshops to discuss the grant application process and funding priorities. We look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops. 

​​Thursday, August 22, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County Highway G, Ashland

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Place, Green Bay

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Port Milwaukee
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee​

March 12, 2019

Governor Evers Announces $176,000 in Grants for Wisconsin's Coastal Communities

Governor Tony Evers today announced $176,000 in grants to support local governments in Southeastern Wisconsin as they plan and prepare to build resilience to Lake Michigan coastal hazards. Administered by the Department of Administration's Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the 7 grants will be used by local governments to assist with projects totaling nearly $370,000.

Southeastern Wisconsin's Lake Michigan bluffs, beaches, and harbor infrastructure are currently being impacted by a combination of high water levels, erosion, and coastal storms. These coastal hazards threaten coastal properties and can impair tourism and commerce in the region. Planning, preparing for and adapting to coastal hazards can enhance community resilience and strengthen coastal economies.

The intergovernmental collaborations aided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program advance resilience priorities such as assessing the vulnerability of coastal infrastructure, developing strategies to reduce hazard risk and providing education and outreach to the public. The funds are part of a federally-funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant project entitled "Improving Economic Security in Coastal Wisconsin" that was awarded to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and its partners the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program balances natural resource protection and sustainable economic ​development along Wisconsin's Great Lakes coasts. The program awards federal funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management in the U.S. Department of Commerce, to local governments and other entities for innovative coastal initiatives.

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