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  2. Coastal Management Program


Application Deadline May 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Education and Outreach Application Packet (.zip)

Sustainable Coastal Planning Application Packet (.zip)

Grants Guidelines (.pdf)


Informational Grant Workshop: April 21, 2014.  See details HERE. RSVP to

Grant Period:  Approximately October 2014  through March 2016 (18 months)

Grant Amounts: $20,000 to $150,000 - Projects with smaller budgets may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but only if the applicant contacts ICMP to discuss the project idea no later than May 15, 2014.

Total Funding Available: Approximately $800,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be a unit of government or a 501(c)3. Education projects location must be within Lake or Cook Counties in Illinois.  Planning grants must be for projects entirely within the Illinois Coastal Zone.  A 1 to 1 match is required for most applicants.  Governmental entities in Economically Challenged Communities require a 1:3 match.  See the Grant Guidelines for further details. 

Award Criteria Include: Quality of proposal, anticipated outputs and outcomes, feasibility, timeline, cost effectiveness, qualification of applicants, partnerships, and innovation.

All potential applicants are invited to sign up for a one-on-one consultation about your project idea before May 15, 2014.  Sign up HERE.  


1.   Carefully read the Grant Guidelines and Application Instructions and follow all instructions.

2.   Complete Application Packet and attach required supplemental materials.

3.   Mail one completed and signed paper copy of the application packet, postmarked by May 30, 2014 to:    

    Department of Natural Resources
    Illinois Coastal Management Program
    160 N LaSalle Street Suite S703
    Chicago IL 60601

.  Email one completed and signed electronic copy of the application packet to by 5:00 pm on May 30, 2014


Determine whether your project is within the Illinois Coastal Zone

Create a map for your application packet

Links to help you fill out your application

Links to help calculate the value of cost-share match