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Master Planning for Resilient Communities

Master Planning for Sustainability and Resiliency Grant Opportunity

Project Description

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) will provide direct financial assistance in the form of cost-share grants to governmental entities (municipalities, counties, regions, tribal councils as well as a partnership or collaboration among multiple municipalities) to prepare master plans, updates, plan elements or subarea plans that integrate best practices and policies for improving community resiliency. Financial assistance for this project is provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Eligible Communities

Communities that are at least partly within Michigan’s Coastal Zone Boundary are eligible for this funding opportunity. The proposed project area must contain, but is not limited to, all or a portion of the area of the community within Michigan’s Coastal Zone Boundary, including shoreline and waterfront areas. Township maps showing the location of Michigan’s Coastal Zone Management Boundary are available for viewing or downloading at the following link:,4561,7-135-3313_3677_3696-90802--,00.html


Eligible Planning Activities

We are seeking innovative master planning projects that include the development of critical sustainability elements and that increase community capacity to anticipate, prepare for, and avoid or mitigate the impacts of severe weather events and trends.  Examples of impacts can include, but are not limited to, hazards to property and public health and safety caused by shoreline erosion, flooding, ice jams, fluctuating water levels, or deteriorating surface water quality.  Project deliverables must be completed by December 31, 2016.


Three to four communities will be funded in 2016, with an additional three to four communities to be funded in 2017.


This page last updated on 11/7/2016.

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