MLSCP Grant Program

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) offers federal grants for projects that address coastal issues.  These projects help achieve regional and state goals for managing land and water resources in the coastal area.

Grant funds are offered on a competitive basis.  Funding originates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local units of government, including municipalities, townships and counties within the coastal boundary
  • Area-wide agencies, including county and regional planning agencies
  • State agencies
  • Colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning
  • Coastal community public school districts
  • Conservation districts and port authorities
  • Tribal governments
  • Joint powers boards
  • Sanitary sewer boards
  • Nonprofit organizations

Annual Grants

MLSCP offers annual grants to support a wide variety of activities in five basic interest areas including:

  • Coastal Habitat Protection and Restoration
  • Public Access
  • Historic Preservation
  • Community and Natural Resource Planning
  • Coastal Education and Training

Applications are solicited each autumn for project to commence the following summer.

Short Term Action Request Grants (STAR)

Small (<$7,500) grants for community and natural resources planning or coastal education and training projects that can be completed in six months.  Applications are taken on an on-going basis throughout the year.


Great Lakes AOC Land Acquisition Grants

Land acquisition grants offered directly by NOAA local governments and state agencies to support the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat-related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC).


Grant Contact Information

Amber Westerbur
Coastal Program Manager