Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Funding opportunity for Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MCZMP may select up to two projects to recommend to NOAA for the national competition. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date between July 1 and October 1, 2015.

The CELCP was authorized “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses.”

Attached is the RFP Application Package which is also available on the MCZMP Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/FINAL_CELCP_2015_RFP__11-3-14_473541_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP can be found at: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.

Applications must be delivered to the MCZMP by January 9, 2015. Selected projects will be recommended to NOAA by February 20, 2015.

For additional information please contact Alisa Gonzales-Pennington at 517-284-5038, or at gonzalesa@michigan.gov.

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