Shoreline Master Program competitive grant pilot program

We are offering grant funds to support locally-driven shoreline planning efforts and Shoreline Master Program (SMP) implementation. Eligible projects include:

  • Planning and planning-related efforts that advance local shoreline planning.
  • Improving implementation of SMPs.
  • Sea level rise planning.

Projects funded through the pilot program will have the potential to result in new knowledge and experience that is transferable to other local governments.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Approximately $827,000
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and funding requests will vary based on project type and scope. We will fund approximately 12-20 proposals and anticipate the maximum amount that may be requested is $100,000.
  • Amount of matching funds required: No match required

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Start date:
End date:

Start Date: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

End Date: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Eligible jurisdictions must apply online through Ecology’s Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL).

The application becomes the foundation of the grant agreement itself. To access the application forms, applicants, and their hired consultants, must first:

  1. Register for a Secure Access Washington Account (SAW) online services account.
  2. While logged into your SAW account, register for an EAGL user account.

Funding guidelines are anticipated to be published by August 2021. Please check back for step-by-step instructions and requirements.

Funding is available for the following entities:

All Washington towns, cities, and counties with a Shoreline Master Program are eligible to apply for funding. Eligible local governments may submit up to two applications.

  • Local planning priorities - Eligible projects will enhance the implementation of SMP policies and regulations or address a topic related to climate change adaptation within shoreline jurisdiction.
  • Enhanced SMP implementation - Efforts to improve SMP implementation through permit monitoring and adaptive management are eligible for funding.
  • Sea level rise - All phases of sea level rise planning, including scoping efforts, are eligible.

More information about this funding program

  • 2021-23 Funding Guidelines anticipated to be published by August 2021.
  • Attend a live pre-application workshop event
    • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 10:30 AM – Noon (Register)
    • Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM (Register)