Financial Assistance

FY19 Coastal Community Planning Grant Program Statement

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation Municipal Planning Assistance Program and Maine Department of Marine Resources, Maine Coastal Program are seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants for FY 2019.

The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality in priority coastal watersheds, or to increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, while preserving coastal natural resources.

Those eligible to apply include towns and unorganized territories in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns and unorganized territories in Maine’s coastal zone, coastal Regional Planning Commissions, and coastal Councils of Government. The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $100,000.

The Coastal Community Grants are an important element of the Municipal Planning Assistance Program’s mission to improve economic conditions by providing technical and financial assistance to Maine municipalities. Read case studies of past Coastal Community Grant projects.

Coastal Communities Grant applications are due Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 P.M.

FY19 Coastal Community Grant Program Statement for Municipal and Regional Projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone (PDF)

FY19 Coastal Community Grant Project Budget by Task (XLS)

Contact: for CCG:  Ruta Dzenis, Senior Planner MPAP ruta.dzenis@maine.gov and (207) 287-2851

FY18 Coastal Community Planning Grants Awarded

The Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry (DACF) announces the award of nearly $167,000 through its Coastal Community Grant Program for six projects located throughout coastal Maine. This year’s grants, awarded and administered by DACF’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program, will support the coastal economy by providing planning assistance for projects that will prevent flood damage to municipal infrastructure, restore fisheries habitat, protect natural-resource-based tourism and increase the climate resiliency of coastal downtowns.

The grants are made possible by the Maine Coastal Program, Department of Marine Resources (DMR), which provides funding through Maine’s federal coastal zone management award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each project involves regional or local-level partnerships and each grantee provides a minimum of 25% in matching funds or services.

The Coastal Community Grants are an important element of the Municipal Planning Assistance Program’s mission to improve economic conditions by providing technical and financial assistance to Maine municipalities. See the Municipal Planning Assistance Program's homepage for more details on this year's grant awards.

Past Coastal Community Grant Projects

Since 2012, this grant program has provided over $1.46 million for 62 projects throughout coastal Maine.

Maine's Community Planning & Investment Program grants have been suspended due to state budget cuts

These include first-time comprehensive planning grants, implementation grants, and update grants.

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Additional Federal & State Funding Opportunities

  • Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Community Development Block Grant Program  Maine's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides funding and technical support for projects that achieve local community and economic development objectives while principally benefiting low-moderate income persons. These grants are administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
  • Maine Safe Routes to School Program  A matching grant program to improve safety for Maine children who bike or walk to school. Typical improvements include sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks and traffic signals designed to separate children from vehicular traffic in school areas. The program is open to all Maine municipalities and school districts. These grants are administered by the Maine Department of Transportation.
  • Section 319 Program A matching grant program for planning and implrementation of measures to address non-point source water pollution. These grants are administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.