Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

To assist States in implementing and enhancing Coastal Zone Management and related programs that have been approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Coastal management programs have been actively involved in protecting wildlife and fisheries habitats, and regulating land use impacts on water quality.

In addition, coastal programs have taken the leadership of nationwide beach clean-ups; marshes are protected in South Carolina and development along the State's 2,876 mile shoreline is now subject to pollution and storm water guidelines; CZM studies led to State bonds to rebuild coastal fishing piers and facilities; in California, the permit for a marina was conditioned to provide at least 80 percent of berthing for commercial fishing vessels, thus assuring them a permanent base.

Coastal land valued acquired for public access in the ten States and territories cited; land obtained for recreation in California, Massachusetts, and Guam; access ways to the water have been designated in Rhode Island and California.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments

Thirty-four coastal States and U.S. island territories, covering 99 percent of U.S. coastline, participate in this voluntary partnership. The nature and structure of CZM programs vary widely from State to State. Some States have passed comprehensive coastal management legislation while others have used existing land use legislation.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreements may be used only to implement and enhance the States' approved Coastal Zone Management programs.

This includes personnel salaries, travel and other related costs required to support the administration of the program.

Ten to twenty percent of Section 306 funds are available annually to develop new program requirements under Section 309 in the areas of coastal wetlands management and protection; natural hazards management (including potential sea and Great Lakes level rise); public access improvements; reduction of marine debris; assessment of cumulative and secondary impacts of coastal growth and development; special area management planning; impacts of coastal growth and development; special area management planning; ocean resource planning; and citing of coastal energy and Government facilities.

and program development grants as authorized by section.

Section 310 can be used to provide grants for technical assistance and to address coastal issues such as Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program Implementation and Coral Reef conservation activities.

CELP can be used to provide grants for protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses (16 USC 33 Section 1456d).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any coastal State, including those that border the Great Lakes, and including Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Freely Associated States of the Pacific whose Coastal Zone Management program has been approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

The Governor shall designate the State agency or entity that is to be the applicant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any coastal State, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Freely Associated States of the Pacific whose Coastal Zone Management program has been approved by the Secretary of Commerce.


Letter from Governor designating the applicant. Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding.

These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division.

Informal preapplication conferences are recommended.

Consultation and assistance is available from NOAA in the preparation of an application.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Proposals are submitted through The Application for Federal Assistance (Non-construction Programs) SF-424 is to be submitted in original and two copies. This program is subject to provisions of 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments. CELP and Coral Reef conservation awards are competitively selected through a peer review process.

Award Procedures

Applications are approved by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.


Applications should be submitted 180 days prior to the beginning date of the grant.


Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, Section 305, Section 306, Section 309, and Section 6217, Public Law 92-583, 16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1976, Section 306, Public Law 94-370; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1980, Public Law 96-464; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1984, Public Law 98-620; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1986, Public Law 99-272; Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, Public Law 101-508; Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, Section 6403, Public Law 106-562.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 150 days.


No formal procedure. If application is unacceptable the applicant is fully informed and applicant may revise application.


Continuation grants on an annual basis are available. Individual grants may be extended, however, all funds must be obligated within the fiscal year following the fiscal year of the original award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A percentage of the total project cost which varies by fiscal year, must be provided by the applicant. Federal funds from other sources cannot be used to match. Awards must be not less than one percent of the amount appropriated each fiscal year. Eighty to ninety percent of awards are allocated by formula. The statistical factors used for fund allocation are: (1) Population in counties within the state's legally defined coastal zone, and the source is the 2000 Decennial Census; and (2) miles of coastal shoreline and the source is "The Coastline of the United States," NOAA. The remaining funds are allotted by cooperative criteria established annually.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are normally made for 18 months. Funds are released as required.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports and performance reports are required semi-annually.

Final financial status reports are required within 90 days of the award ending date.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13x1450; 1306/071450; 1306/081460.


(Grants) FY 07 $73,546,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$300,000 to $2,000,000; $1,300,000 average per financial assistance award.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

15 CFR Part 923. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for state and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Chief, Coastal Programs Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-3155. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

While 80 to 90 percent of the appropriated funds are allocated to States through a formula based on coastal population and shoreline mileage, the tasks in the State application are reviewed for relevance to program objectives and cost effectiveness. The remainder of the funds are allocated according to criteria published by the Coastal Program Division. CELP and Coral Reef funds are distributed through a competitive process, subject to availability of funds for competitive awards.

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