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Lake Michigan Coastal Program Grants

Indiana Coastal Grants Program Indiana receives an annual allotment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for projects to protect and restore natural, cultural and historic resources in Indiana's Lake Michigan coastal region.

Basic Information about LMCP Grants

Approximately $600,000 of this funding is available to local entities for projects meeting the program criteria for the 2015 grant cycle. Federal appropriations for the 2015 grant cycle are not yet set, as such all projects that receive state approval will be considered conditionally approved. If Federal Appropriations for 2015 are less than for 2014, projects may receive a prorated award amount reflecting the difference in funding shortfall. The DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program administers the Indiana Coastal Grants Program. The Indiana Coastal Grants Program is comprised of two components: (1) Large Scale Grant Program; and (2) Small Scale Grant Program.

Photo by Mike Molnar
Photo by Mike Molnar

2015 Funding Cycle

To help celebrate 200 years of statehood (2016) for the State of Indiana, for the 2015 grant cycle only, seven bonus points will be given to grant applications for land acquisition projects which also intend to take advantage of the DNR’s Bicentennial Nature Trust grant program. These two grant programs are eligible to match each other’s funding. Get more information about the Bicentennial Nature Trust.

2015 Pre-proposals are due on Friday, September 12, 2014 by 5 p.m. Central time. 

Small Grants Program

Lake Michigan Coastal Program Area
All grant projects are required to be located in the proposed Lake Michigan Coastal Program Area, which consists of the watershed area draining into Indiana's portion of Lake Michigan.

Coastal Program Area (Shapefile)

Public Benefit
The Coastal Zone Management Act Section 306A Guidance requires that construction and acquisition projects provide a broad based lasting public benefit.

Documents for Grantees: Reporting and Grants Manual

Coastal Awareness Month (CAM) Grants
It has not yet been determined how much funding will be set aside for Small Grants to support CAM events in 2015. It shall be announced in January of 2015. These small grants can be used for event support, outreach materials, and other appropriate items. Grants are for up to $2,000 and require 1:1 match. Funding must be used for events during Coastal Awareness Month, which occurs in June.

Application Materials:

Further Information
Please contact the Lake Michigan Coastal Program for further information at: mbyrne@dnr.IN.gov or 219-983-9912.

Other Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Grant Programs

Information about Past Coastal Grants

The map below displays a sample of Lake Michigan Coastal Grants between the years 2003 and 2010 ranging from Low Cost Construction to Education/Outreach project types. While numerous grants are awarded each year, it's helpful to have a visual connection with the project locations and types in the coastal region.

The map will be updated as additional grant projects are identified. To learn more about a report location, zoom in or out by scrolling on the sidebar. Click on the project dot to see attributes as well access to each fact sheet.

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