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The U.S. Congress has made funds available to states and territories with approved coastal zone management programs for competitive grants for community-based coastal activities. Funding and oversight are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). Projects must be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act of 1972 (CZMA, 16 U.S.C. §1451 et seq.) and meet the requirements of the CZM program administered by OCRM.
The state requires that projects are consistent with the CZM Act. For Indiana, this funding will be administered by the IDNR, Division of Nature Preserves (DNP), and the Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP).
This document is intended to establish the structure and requirements for Indiana's Coastal Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to preserve, protect, restore, and, where possible, develop the resources of the coast for this and succeeding generations. The program also exists to achieve wise use of the land and water resources of the coastal region, giving full consideration to ecological, cultural, historic, and esthetic values, as well as to needs for economic development. The LMCP seeks out social, economic, and environmental solutions that balance the use and protection of the coast’s valuable, yet fragile, resources. Proposals for projects will be reviewed on a competitive basis, using the grant funds available to Indiana.
The following are eligible applicants:
Funding is available for projects that protect, restore, and plan for the management of coastal, natural, historical, and cultural resources. Projects must be consistent with the CZM Act.
Ineligible Projects include, but are not limited to:
Projects must be located entirely within the LMCP Coastal Program Area, which comprises the northern portion of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. The applicant may also attempt to demonstrate that the project will have direct substantial benefits within the coastal region.
Lands owned by a federal entity are excluded from the LMCP Program Area and, therefore, projects may not occur on these lands.
Beginning in 2003, the LMCP allocated a limited amount of funds to serve short-term requests for funding from the coastal community. The projects are to be short-term in duration, small in scope, and use the same application as the large grant program.
Two different Small Grant categories are available:
All entities eligible for the annual large grant funding cycle are eligible to apply for small grant funds. This includes local units of government, nonprofits, colleges and universities, joint powers boards, state agencies, etc. The project must occur within the coastal area and address coastal issues.