MLSCP Grant Program

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) offers grants for projects that benefit Lake Superior and its inland coast. 

Focus Areas

Projects must align with at least one the six focus areas of the national Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA):

  • Coastal Habitat
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Water Quality
  • Public Access
  • Coastal Community Development
  • Coordination and Public Involvement


Eligible applicants include:

  • Regional planning agencies
  • State agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public school districts in the coastal area
  • Conservation districts
  • Port authorities
  • Tribal governments
  • Joint powers boards
  • Sanitary sewer boards
  • Cities, townships and counties within the coastal area
  • Area-wide agencies

Geographic Focus

Projects must be located within Minnesota’s coastal area, which includes:

  • Cities of Wrenshall, Carlton, Cloquet, Scanlon, Thomson, Proctor, Hermantown, Duluth, Rice Lake, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Beaver Bay and Grand Marais.
  • Townships of Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte, Beaver Bay, Crystal Bay, Silver Creek, Canosia, Duluth, Grand Lake, Lakewood, Midway, Silver Brook, Thomson and Twin Lakes.

Grant Types

  • Annual Grants
    • Grants up to $100,000 for projects that can be completed in approximately 15 months
  • Short Term Action Request (STAR) Grants
    • Grants for $2,500 - $7,500 for non-construction projects that can be completed in six months
  • Great Lakes AOC Land Acquisition Grants
    • Land acquisition grants offered directly by NOAA to local governments and state agencies.  Projects need to support the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat-related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern (AOC).

Grant funds are offered on a competitive basis.  Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Grant Contact Information

Cynthia Poyhonen

Grants Specialist