Grants and Funding Sources
Since the Ohio Coastal Management Program (OCMP) was federally approved in 1997, more than $35 million in grants have been awarded for projects that improve Ohio’s Lake Erie Watershed.
Funding Sources for the Office of Coastal Management and grants awarded through the OCMP include NOAA, mining royalties and lease payments.
Statistics show that the total amount of grants awarded per year varies. This is because additional funding has been available in some years allowing more projects to receive grants.
The Grants Viewer maps projects that have been completed with funding awarded by the Office of Coastal/OCMP. Information about these projects is also available on the county/region pages below and listed by year within each county.
Ohio Coastal Grant Programs:
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 requirements are found in Ohio Revised Code §1506.02. It specifies that grants can fund projects including feasibility studies and engineering reports; habitat and endangered species protection and 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 Grants fund 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 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 was a one-time grant opportunity that provided up to $5,000 per project for community-based clean-up activities on public land and waterways along Ohio's 312-mile coast. All of Ohio's public access sites on Lake Erie are featured in Ohio's Lake Erie Public Access Guide - Coasts
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.