More than $35 million awarded since 1998.
Grants and Funding Sources
The Office of Coastal Management administers various grants for projects that improve Ohio’s Lake Erie Watershed.
Since the Ohio Coastal Management Program (OCMP) was federally approved in 1997, more than $35 million in grants have been awarded to implement the policies of the OCMP.
Grant Statistics 1998-2010
Grants are issued for land acquisition from willing sellers, construction, planning, hazard mitigation, public access enhancement and other projects. The total annual amount awarded varies. In some years, special funding has been available allowing more projects to receive grants.
Office of Coastal Management Funding Sources
Grant programs administered by the Office of Coastal Management are listed below.
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grants (CELCP) provide funding for acquiring, from willing sellers, high quality coastal properties threatened by development which will also increase public access and recreational opportunities.
Coastal Management Assistance Grants are mandated by ORC 1506.02. It specifies what projects grants can fund including feasibility studies & engineering reports; habitat & endangered species protection & preservation; coastal hazard management issues; public access; historic, cultural or aesthetic coastal resource protection/preservation; and redevelopment of deteriorating/under used ports and waterfronts.
Coastal Zone Enhancement Grants (Section 309) fund projects to achieve goals outlined in the state’s Coastal Zone Enhancement Grants Program plan. Ohio’s 2011-2015 plan assesses the status of Ohio’s Lake Erie resource in nine areas and identifies four strategies to address the most pressing needs.
Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grant Program funds projects that will contribute to the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat–related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). Ohio’s four AOCs cover all or parts of the following river’s watersheds: Maumee, Black, Cuyahoga and Ashtabula.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants are federally funded grants issued by the U.S. EPA and other federal agencies to implement projects addressing the five focus areas identified as the highest priorities for which urgent action is required to restore the Great Lakes. Those areas include: Toxic Substances & Areas of Concern; Invasive Species; Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution; Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration; and Accountability, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships. To learn more visit these external websites:
Lake Erie Cleanup Small Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 per project for community-based clean-up activities on public land and waterways along Ohio's 312-mile coast. These public places are featured in Ohio's Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook and online companion website.
Great Lakes Coastal Restoration Grants were a one-time Congressional appropriation of $30 million which was made available in 2001 to acquire and restore critical habitat, implement stormwater controls and clean contaminated sites along the Great Lakes. Ohio received nearly $4.5 million for projects in the Lake Erie Watershed.
Other funding sources
Erosion Control Loans may be available to owners of property in the designated Coastal Erosion Area along the shore of Lake Erie.
ODNR Grants- Grant opportunities and results from all available ODNR grants.
Great Lakes Protection Fund The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes States. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Lake Erie Protection Fund - The Lake Erie Protection Fund is the state-level grant program associated with the Great Lakes Protection Fund. The LEPF grants are administered by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
Ohio Environmental Education Fund - The fund must be used to enhance the public’s awareness and understanding about issues affecting environmental quality in Ohio.
Grants.gov - Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.