Shoreline Master Program grants

The state Shoreline Management Act requires that counties, cities, and towns periodically review their comprehensively-updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) every eight years. The review timetable for local governments is established in RCW 90.58.080(4), and the completion deadline is outlined in WAC 173-26-090. In addition, WAC 173-26-104 allows an optional joint review process that combines required local and state public comment periods.

Grant funding:  For the 2019 - 21 biennium, we are offering grant funds to eligible jurisdictions with periodic reviews due on June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2021.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $3 million
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Grants are awarded on a formula, rather than a competitive, basis. For the current funding cycle, grants for counties are a set amount, and grants for cities and towns are based on population.
  • Amount of matching funds required: No match required

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Applications will be accepted from:

Start date: Jul 16, 2019
End date: Sep 30, 2020

Eligible jurisdictions may apply when grant funding is available. Please check back at a later date for our next grant availability period. Jurisdictions must apply online through EAGL, Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans.

EAGL is a comprehensive grant management system. It allows our grant recipients to complete and submit applications, manage agreements, request amendments, submit progress reports and payment requests for reimbursement, upload and track deliverables, and submit closeout reports.

How to apply for or manage a grant or loan in EAGL

Funding is available for the following entities:

Grants are available to eligible Washington state towns, cities and counties with periodic reviews due no later than June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, as outlined in the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58.080) and WAC 173-26-090.

These include the following counties, and the cities and towns within those counties: Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Douglas, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima. 

  • Shoreline Master Program periodic reviews.
  • Shoreline Master Program comprehensive updates combined with periodic reviews.
  • Jurisdictions that completed periodic review early may propose use of grant funds for other shoreline management activities such as a public access plan, technical assistance memos, assessment of permit effectiveness, or other SMP implementation work.

More information about this funding program

Grant awards for 2019-21 Biennium:

  • $84,000 for counties
  • $33,600 for cities with a population over 100,000
  • $28,000 for cities with a population between 50,000 and 100,000
  • $22,400 for cities with a population between 20,000 and 50,000
  • $16,800 for cities with a population between 5,000 and 20,000
  • $11,200 for cities and towns with a population less than 5,000