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Coastal Community Planning Grants Opportunity (proposals due April 15, 2021)

FY22 Coastal Community Grant Program (CCG) Statement
FY22 Project Budget Tables
The Municipal Planning Assistance Program is seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. The total amount of funds available for the Coastal Communities Grant Program in FY22 is expected to be approximately $175,000. The minimum award amount will be $20,000 and the maximum award amount will be $50,000. Communities eligible to apply include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. Grant applications are due Thursday, April 15, 2021.

This program statement invites proposals in three categories that focus on building community resiliency and adapting to climate change; particularly those that address the State of Maine’s Adaptation Goals in Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action (December 2020). Eligible Coastal Community Grant project categories include:

  • Ensuring Sustainable, Vibrant Coastal Communities
  • Restoring Coastal Habitats
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards

Municipal Climate Adaptation Guidance Series for Maine communities

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program and Maine’s Regional Planning Organizations have collaborated on a series of guidance documents design to help local governments increase community resilience in the face of sea-level rise and more frequent intense storms. Read more on our Climate Change page.


Other Items of Interest...

EPA Stormwater Calculator
Demonstration for Planning Boards

Using funds provided in a grant from the Maine Coastal Program, the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission has created a demonstration of EPA's online Stormwater Calculator. The step-by-step demonstration is designed to show local Planning Board members the effect Low-Impact Development (LID) stormwater management techniques can have when used in a hypothetical development scenario.

Why your town should have a Comprehensive Plan

Learn about some key benefits your community can enjoy by adopting a comprehensive plan that is consistent with Maine's Growth Management Act, including:

  • clear vision for future growth
  • ultimate legal support for land use ordinances
  • enhanced state grant opportunities

View the Comprehensive Plan Brochure (PDF)

Older "Findings of Consistency" expired at the end of 2012

A state Finding of Consistency for a local comprehensive plan is valid for twelve years. A temporary exemption for older Findings ran out on December 31, 2012. What does the expiration of a Finding of Consistency mean for your community?

View frequently asked questions (PDF)

Growth Management Program Evaluation

The quadrennial Growth Management Program Evaluation was presented to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in 2011. The evaluation summarizes the program's history, gives the status of recommendations made in the 2007 evaluation, and assesses the current state of the program.

View the Growth Management Program Evaluation (PDF)

To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies: A Report to the Business, Research & Economic Development Committee

Viewing stars with the naked eye requires "dark skies" - night skies that are largely free of light pollution emitted by misdirected outdoor lights. Maine is one of the few places in the eastern United States that still has dark skies. This report, prepared in response to a legislative resolve calling for the preservation of this natural resource, reviews outdoor lighting standards for commercial development and offers options and recommendations for their promotion.

View the Dark Skies Preservation Report (PDF)