Grants for coastal planning



AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) and the Maine Department of Marine Resources Maine Coastal Program (MCP) are seeking applications for the 10th round of Coastal Community Grants for FY 2020.

The grants are intended to encourage and promote efforts of coastal communities and regional planning organizations pursuant to the goals of the Growth Management Act and Coastal Management Policies.

The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s coastal zone. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Programs 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; and preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding.

Grant applications are due June 3. Visit maine.gov/dacf.

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