Coastal Program

To provide technical and financial assistance via partnerships to identify, protect, and restore or improve habitats in priority coastal areas for fish and wildlife.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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Restoration of tidal flow to a degraded salt marsh, customized habitat assessments using GIS, dam removal for fish passage.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See for contact information and addresses.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Delaware Wild Lands Inc $ 25,000   2019-09-022023-09-02
Fish And Game, Massachusetts Department Of $ 20,000   2020-01-012022-12-31
Parks And Wildlife Foundation Of Texas Inc $ 60,000   2017-10-012022-09-30
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 18,081   2020-09-012021-12-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 10,000   2016-08-012021-12-31
Friends Of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges $ 30,000   2016-07-012021-06-30
Texas A & M University At Galveston $ 24,760   2020-06-012021-05-31
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc, The $ 27,000   2012-09-012019-12-31
New Jersey Audubon Society (inc) $ 29,700   2017-11-142018-12-31
University Of Florida $ 28,242   2016-09-302018-12-31

Program Accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2007, the Coastal Program worked with partners to protect an estimated 11,600 acres of wetlands, 7,800 acres of uplands, and 19 miles of streams/shoreline; and restore an estimated 41,700 acres of wetlands, 13,300 acres of uplands, and 120 miles of streams/shoreline; and remove 11 barriers to fish passage. This was accomplished through 191 partnership agreements.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used for habitat assessments, protection and restoration of coastal habitats on private or public lands.

The Coastal Program is geographically limited to 22 high priority areas.

These are Gulf of Maine, Southern New England/New York Bight, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle/Pamlico Sound, South Carolina Coast, South Florida/Everglades, Panama City, Florida, Florida Tampa Bay, the Caribbean, Texas Coast (Upper), Texas Coast (Southern), Great Lakes (Northern), Great Lakes (Southern), San Diego Bay, San Francisco Bay, Humboldt Bay, California, Oregon Coast, Puget Sound, Alaska (South East), Alaska (South Central), and the Pacific Islands.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, State, interstate and intrastate agencies; local and tribal governments; public nonprofit institutes and organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and institutions of higher learning); U.S.

territories and possessions; private landowners including individuals and businesses.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State, interstate and intrastate agencies; local and tribal governments; public nonprofit institutes and organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and institutions of higher learning); U.S. territories and possessions; private landowners including individuals and businesses.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The local Coastal Program Coordinator works with cooperators to design a project that will benefit Federal trust resources. Contact the appropriate Coastal Program Office for application procedures. Information is also available on

Award Procedures

After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Coastal Program coordinator will be able to inform the respective cooperator(s) whether or not the Service will provide financial assistance. When the cooperator has signed a cooperative agreement work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.




Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956,16 U.S.C. 742a-c, 747e-742j; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661 667(e).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time





None. However, project partners may request additional projects on their lands.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects normally funded through annual segments.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements are stated in each cooperative agreement.

Contact the appropriate Coastal Program Office for additional information and specific requirements.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program- specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Accomplishments are recorded for each project in the Habitat Information Tracking System (HabITS). HabITS tracks habitat improvement accomplishments and program-specific technical assistance workloads associated with the Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $12,984,000; FY 08 $12,900,000; and FY 09 est $12,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See for contact information and addresses.

Headquarters Office

Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Fish and Wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration, Branch of Habitat Restoration, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 730, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 358-2201. Use the same number for FTS. Fax: (703) 358-2232.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All projects must benefit Federal trust species and be cost effective. Project selection occurs at the field level. See the annual "Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance" in for more details.

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