Coastal Zone Program, Deadline Dec. 31

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Note: This is an earlier deadline than past years!

The CZM Program strongly encourages interested applicants to contact program staff early in the proposal development process for assistance and guidance.  Complete applications will be evaluated for funding based on the following considerations:

  • Extent to which the project furthers CZM Program objectives.
  • Overall quality and clarity of the application.
  • Organizational capability of the applicant to complete project as proposed.
  • Project readiness and feasibility for completion within specified grant period.
  • Past grant management performance.
  • Cost-effectiveness.
  • Degree of public benefit to be derived from the project.
  • Measurability of project results.
  • Level of local support.
  • Leveraging private and other public resources.
  • The likelihood that the project could proceed in the absence of CZM Program funding.

The CZM Program staff will coordinate the review of the applications with other state agency staff, and recommend projects to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Director for funding.  Projects approved by the MDEQ Director will be submitted to the NOAA for final review and approval.

A. Who is Eligible

  • Coastal units of government including cities, counties, villages, and townships.
  • Regional planning agencies and conservation districts.
  • State agencies.
  •  Universities and school districts.
  • Tribal governments.
  • Nonprofit organizations (Note:  Nonprofit organizations proposing construction projects on public lands must apply through an eligible public entity to ensure public ownership.).

An applicant for which any of the following conditions existed in the 12 months prior to the application deadline for this RFP is not eligible for funding:

  • MDEQ grant contract terminated.
  • Unresolved MDEQ enforcement actions.
  • History of inability to manage grants or meet MDEQ contractual terms and conditions.

B. Grant Amounts
No less than $10,000 and no greater than $100,000.

C.    Match Requirement
A one-to-one non-federal match is required for all projects.  Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind services, or donations.  Match funding sources, such as Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Transportation, or other must be secured at time of CZM application submittal.  Applicants are required to provide documentation of secured funding.

D. Project Award Period
The standard project award start date will be October 1, 2014, and end date December 31, 2015.

E. Project Location
Construction projects must be entirely within Michigan’s coastal boundary, which generally extends a minimum of 1,000 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark.  The boundary ranges further inland in some locations to encompass important coastal features such as lakes, bays, wetlands, dunes, urban areas, public recreational parks, and natural areas.  Other types of projects that propose activities such as planning, outreach, and/or training that extend outside the coastal boundary will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Federally-owned lands are excluded from the coastal zone.

F. Ineligible Uses for Grant Funds

  • Creating or restoring restroom facilities.
  • Creating or restoring general recreational and athletic facilities such as playground equipment, ball fields, and courts.
  • Construction projects that propose to install or repair/maintain hard shoreline armoring such as rip-rap, sheet pile, and/or gabions.
  • Dredging projects.
  • Roadway design and/or road construction projects.
  • Sewer line construction and/or drain improvement projects.
  • Recreation plans.
  • Dam improvements.
  • State and federal permit application fees.
  • Projects required tofulfill a state or federal permit condition or other regulatory action.
  • Development of site plans, designs, or construction drawings for improving land or structures not under control of the applicant.

G. Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted with two hard copies, one electronic copy (CD, DVD, or USB Flash Drive (non-returnable)), and postmarked no later than December 31, 2013, to qualify for consideration.

The CZM Program has five focus areas:  Public Access, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Hazards, Coastal Water Quality, and Coastal Community Development.

A.  Public Access
The Great Lakes are a primary focus for recreation and tourism in Michigan. The CZM Program protects, restores, creates, and enhances public access to the Great Lakes using approaches that support coastal communities and fosters appreciation of our natural resources.  The CZM Program is committed to providing public access to the Great Lakes for recreational use through the following types of projects:

  • Planning, design, and engineering for low-cost construction projects for a specific site location.
  • Low-cost construction projects such as non-motorized coastal trails, boardwalks, barrier-free canoe or kayak launches and fishing piers, pervious parking lots and walkways, viewing decks, installation of interpretive signage/displays, and other amenities to improve public access to Great Lakes and coastal resources.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Increase and improve universal public access for all visitors to our Great Lakes coastline.
  • Preserve and restore cultural and historic maritime resources such as lighthouses, shipwrecks, and other Great Lakes maritime heritage features.
  • Plan and construct shoreland protection utilizing soft-shore engineering and native plantings.
  • Implement activities that are part of an adopted waterfront or coastal community plan that incorporate green infrastructure practices that reduce storm water runoff and that utilize environmentally friendly materials.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of public access to the Great Lakes and connecting waters and its importance to communities and the economy.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for and manage public access.

B.  Coastal Habitat
The CZM Program is committed to protecting, managing, and restoring sensitive coastal habitats, including wetlands and sand dunes.  Coastal wetlands serve as spawning and nesting habitat for a variety of animals, help maintain water quality, provide erosion control, and offer recreational and tourism opportunities.  Michigan is home to the world’s largest expanse of freshwater sand dunes, and protection of these resources and the habitat they provide remains a significant focus of the program.

The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • On-the-ground protection and restoration projects for Great Lakes beaches, sand dunes, coastal wetlands, streams, and nearshore habitat.  Restoration projects may include invasive species control and removal, prescribed burns, and native vegetation plantings that are proposed as part of a site management plan.
  • Feasibility studies and planning for habitat protection, restoration, and resource management.
  • Inventories of natural features that are incorporated into a local or statewide plan.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Conduct statewide Great Lakes marine debris collection/cleanup activities.
  • Focus on regional plans and activities for protecting and managing coastal habitats.
  • Foster partnerships and actions to protect critical dunes.
  • Assist coastal communities to develop vulnerability assessments for improving the resiliency of coastal wetlands to climate change impacts.
  • Provide protection for coastal resources, including activities to prevent the introduction and spread of new invasive species such as design and installation of interpretive signage/displays at high quality sites or cleaning/disposal stations for boaters and other recreational users.
  • Promote stewardship of the coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the intrinsic value of coastal habitats to the Great Lake ecosystem.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for and manage coastal habitats.

C.  Coastal Hazards
The CZM Program supports efforts that increase a community’s resilience to coastal erosion and flood hazards and minimize the loss of life and property caused by dangerous currents and/or improper development in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards.  This is accomplished by supporting creative local efforts that increase scientific knowledge and public awareness of coastal erosion and flooding, as well as activities that actively direct coastal development away from areas prone to these Great Lakes coastal hazards.  Projects may be regional, community-based, or site-specific in scale and may consist of planning, research, or implementation activities.

The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of regional coastal hazard atlases containing information such as shoreline type, historical erosion rates, local policies affecting development in the coastal zone, and other information that can be used by local officials, realtors, developers, and the general public to assist with appropriate decision making about coastal zone development.
  • Development and implementation of local shoreline management plans or coastal zoning ordinances providing construction setbacks or buffers that complement those of the state’s high-risk erosion area program.
  • Site level shoreline erosion assessments on public lands, especially when part of a site feasibility study for locating or relocating infrastructure and/or alternatives analysis for implementation of soft-shore approaches to shoreline stabilization.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and include direct application of the assessment toward improving the resiliency of coastal communities or a public asset such as a coastal park.  Assessments may include geologic/geomorphic investigation, analysis of local wave climate and coastal processes, sediment budget analysis, historic recession or erosion analysis, and other necessary data collection and analysis to provide for appropriate shore management actions.
  • Provide for local education/outreach initiatives or implementation activities to increase beach safety with respect to dangerous currents and other swim risks (e.g., signs, flag warning system installation, and beach safety kits).
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of coastal hazards.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for coastal resiliency, and to implement resources and protect against coastal hazards.

D.  Coastal Water Quality
The CZM Program is committed to the protection of high quality waters.  There are important water quality benefits and potential cost savings from protecting high quality waters and preventing impairments in waters
that currently meet water quality standards.  Protection, restoration, and enhancement of critical coastal
resources such as wetlands and beaches are essential for the protection of high quality waters.  The CZM
Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of ordinances, policies, and/or plans addressing management of coastal nonpoint source pollution.
  • On-the-ground implementation activities to protect and improve beach health at publicly-owned Great Lakes beaches.  Examples include the installation of soft-engineering storm water infiltration and diversion systems, reduction or elimination of impervious surfaces, and installation of landscape design features that discourage waterfowl from congregating on the beach.

Preference will be given to projects with elements that:

  • Demonstrate the interconnectedness between the protection of critical coastal resources such as beaches, coastal wetlands, sand dunes, and high quality waters.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the importance of protecting high quality waters of the Great Lakes and connecting waters and its importance to communities and the economy.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for protecting high quality waters.

E.  Coastal Community Development
The CZM Program promotes wise management of Great Lakes water and coastal resources through the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities.  Managed well, our coast supports resilient communities with healthy natural ecosystems that provide the economic, social, and ecological foundations for a high quality of life.  Community land use plans and zoning ordinances supported with CZM funding must be developed in accordance with the requirements of applicable state planning and zoning enabling statutes.  The CZM Program supports the following types of projects:

  • Development of ordinances, policies, and plans focused on management of coastal resources based on an ecosystem approach.
  • Planning and feasibility studies for waterfront redevelopment and ports management.
  • Development and promotion of regional coastal tourism and recreation opportunities.
  • Collaborative regional or multi-jurisdictional planning or policy development.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Develop comprehensive community plans that include elements such as mixed land uses, compact development patterns, form-based codes, walkable neighborhoods, and preservation of open space.
  • Include coastal water trail development and promotion.
  • Promote stewardship of coastal resources.
  • Conduct educational and outreach activities to improve public understanding of the importance of wise management of coastal cultural and natural resources.
  • Conduct training events to provide coastal decision makers with knowledge and tools to comprehensively plan for the wise management of coastal cultural and natural resources.
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Coastal Zone Program, Deadline Dec. 31

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