MLSCP Grant Program

Focus Area

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