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Coastal Zone Grants

CRM receives an annual grant award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This award provides for a portion of the funds to be used for eligible projects that address one or more of the priority areas of the CRM program. Applications are evaluated and awarded through a competitive process. The funds are distributed through sub-grant awards to state and local government agencies as well as nonprofit groups located in or having facilities in the Delaware Estuary or Lake Erie Coastal Zones. Eligible projects are reviewed by program staff, two local Coastal Zone Advisory Committees, and the State Coastal Zone Advisory Committee and are evaluated based on criteria outlined in the "Grant Application Instruction Guide," available to download below.

The solicitation period for the FFY 2018 Coastal Zone grants will open August 14, 2017, and close October 16, 2017.

The online eGrants application is available at:

Downloadable Materials:

Grant Application Instruction Guide, revised Aug. 2017 (redirects to DEP eLibrary) (PDF)

Grant Administration Guide, revised Aug. 2017 (redirects to DEP eLibrary) (PDF)

Associated Grant Administration Forms:

Previously Funded Projects

Click on a link below to access a listing of annual Coastal Zone grants:

Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) Grants

NOAA provides matching funds to state and local governments to purchase threatened coastal and estuarine lands or obtain conservation easements. To be considered, the land must be important ecologically or possess other coastal conservation values, such as historic features, scenic views, or recreational opportunities.

For more information, visit NOAA's CELCP website at:

Downloadable Materials:

Pennsylvania's CELCP Plan (PDF)