Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Funding opportunity for Michigan Area of Concern Land Acquisition Projects

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 Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants with a deadline of January 9, 2015. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be provided for this Great Lakes Area of Concern funding competition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY 2015 Budget. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date of October 1, 2015.

The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP), which provides grant funds to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems, may recommend projects to NOAA for the competition.

NOAA seeks to support projects that will result in the protection of Great Lakes coastal habitat, as well as support future habitat restoration efforts. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s “Ecosystems” mission goal of “Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem Based Management.”

The RFP Application Package is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/Final_AOC_2015_RFP_473539_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the Michigan Areas of Concern Program can be found here.

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

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

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