The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will fund competitive and non-competitive grants to protect, restore, and conserve ecologically significant coastal habitats. The projects will help communities increase resilience to natural hazards like storms, floods, erosion, tsunamis, sea level rise, and lake level changes. The program also provides increased support for vulnerable and historically underserved communities. 

Eligible Uses

Projects must be within the coastal zone management boundary or coastal watershed county. Eligible project types include: habitat restoration; habitat restoration planning, engineering, and design; ecosystem conservation; and program capacity support.

Eligible Recipients

Coastal Zone Management (CZM) programs will serve as the primary applicant, however funding may be passed through to other non-federal public partners located within coastal zone management boundaries or coastal watershed counties.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided $207 million over five years beginning in 2022. This amounts to approximately $40 million per year in competitive and non-competitive program capacity funds, with competitive projects expected to range in cost from approximately $200,000 up to $6 million per project (depending on project type).

Cost Share Requirements

No federal match is required, however leveraged funding is strongly encouraged.

Application Cycle

  • Summer: Letters of Intent due
  • Fall/Winter: Full proposals due


Other Info

The National Coastal Zone Management Program comprehensively addresses the nation’s coastal issues through a voluntary partnership between the federal government and coastal and Great Lakes states and territories. Authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, the program provides the basis for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing our nation’s diverse coastal communities and resources.