Coastal & Estuarine Land Conservation Program
What is CELCP?
From 2002-2007, the program awarded $200 million to protect over 35,000 acres of land in 26 states.
How CELCP Works
As the lead state agency for the CELCP, the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) announces the annual competition, receives and selects state projects for the competition, and coordinates the state’s application and awards. DCM encourages potential applicants to contact us to discuss potential projects prior to submitting an application, and works closely with applicants to strengthen their proposals.
After receiving all state applications, NOAA ranks all of the project proposals according to established criteria and delivers their ranked list to Congress for final approval. Congress makes the final awards based on funding availability.
NC CELCP Plan
Only states that have prepared a CELCP Plan are eligible to compete for grants. Plans have to be prepared according to the national Guidelines, and have to be approved by NOAA. North Carolina’s CELCP Plan was completed in a multi-year, multi-stakeholder process, and was approved by NOAA in December 2007, making North Carolina fully eligible to compete for funding.
How to Apply for a CELCP Grant
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced the FY14 funding competition for the Coastal & Estuarine Land Conservation Program. The announcement is also posted in Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2014-2003828. Funds may be used to acquire or protect important natural land in the coastal area.
The funding competition allows North Carolina to submit a maximum of two grant applications to the national competition, and grant awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 per project. A minimum 1:1 match is required, which does not need to be in cash. If successful, funds will be available between July and October 2014.
The deadline to submit final state applications is November 15th. Applications from North Carolina must be submitted through DCM. In order to meet the November 15th deadline it would be helpful to know of anticipated interest by October 25th. Early notification will also allow DCM to work with applicants to prepare your applications.
FY2012 Federal Funding Opportunity Page (NOAA Website)