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Coastal Management Assistance Grants 


DNREC's Delaware Coastal Programs (DCP) is announcing the availability grant funding to support projects and activities that improve local and regional capacity to conserve, manage, and promote the incorporation of coastal management issues into local planning and implementation activities throughout Delaware. The year’s grant will focus on those activities and planning efforts that assist sea level rise adaptation planning, including those recommendations provided in “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide,” the reduction of coastal hazard related impacts, increasing local or regional coastal resiliency and/or natural resource management issues as they pertain to adaptation measures.

Eligability: Applicants may be any local government entity (State, County and/or Municipal) or not-for-profit organization working at the local level within the State of Delaware.

Grant Writing Workshop: The Grant Writing Workshop, originally scheduled for Saturday, January 11, has been cancelled. 

Proposals should address one or more of the following:

Planning Grants: Projects that seek to improve Delaware’s resiliency to sea level rise and coastal storms, including:

  1. Assessments of local land use ordinances, zoning codes and building codes for the purpose of identifying barriers and opportunities and recommending improvements
  2. Local sea level rise vulnerability assessments and/or adaptation plans
  3. Planning and design of on-the-ground adaptation projects

Research Grants: Projects that seek to improve knowledge and understanding coastal hazards impact through:

  1. Wetland migration and barriers to inland migration
  2. Social, environmental and economic costs of sea level rise adaptation strategies
  3. Secondary and cumulative impacts of adaptation strategies
  4. Development of tools and technology for the reduction of coastal hazard related impacts

 Submissions are due no later than 3 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014

For more information about the Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program, applicants are encouraged to contact the Delaware Coastal Programs Office staff to discuss potential proposals at (302) 739-9283 or email:


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