2023-24 Grant Application Cycle

The Division of Coastal Management provides matching grants to local governments for projects to improve pedestrian access to the state's beaches and waterways. Pre-applications for the 2023-24 cycle are available now. 

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Eligible applicants include local governments in the 20 coastal counties and their municipalities that have public trust waters (ocean, estuarine or riverine waters) within their jurisdictions.

The 2023-24 grant cycle is now open.

Information on previous grants awarded can be found on our Grants Awarded page.


The application process has three steps: Pre-application, invitation to submit a Final Application, and grant contract approval. 

Local governments whose proposals are selected will be invited to submit a Final Application with more detailed project information.  

Application Cycle Important Dates
Pre-application Due April 28, 2023
Final Application Due August 28, 2023
Final Applicant Notified of Funding October/November 2023
Contracts Start January/February 2024






Examples of eligible projects include the following:

  • Land Acquisition/Easement

    • Purchase of land for future public access facilities.
    • Purchase of easements for public access.
  • Construction Projects

    • Facilities such as ADA beach access mats, dune crossovers, boardwalks, and piers that provide access to the water
    • Support facilities such as parking areas, restrooms and other facilities.
    • Boat Launch facilities- boat launch and ramp facilities, whether motorized or not, may be part of a project provided pedestrian access is still a major component of the project.
    • Nature-based features may be part of a project provided pedestrian access is still a major component of the project, with nature-based features being used to support, protect and enhance access improvements.
  • Rehabilitation

    • Handicap facilities - applicants are encouraged to submit proposals designed to enhance handicap accessibility at existing facilities. Handicap facilities that exceed existing ADA requirements are encouraged.
    • Urban waterfront access sites - improved public access to deteriorating or underutilized urban waterfronts through reconstruction or rehabilitation.
    • Reconstruction or relocation of existing damaged public access facilities. Primarily for sites not originally funded by this program, or for improvements to any sites at least fifteen (15) years old.
  • Maintenance at previously funded sites 

    • For Tier 1 communities, routine maintenance of sites previously funded under the program. 


Criteria used to prioritize and select projects to receive grant assistance:

  • Pedestrian access must be a major component of the project;
  • Community’s history of previous assistance from this grant program;
  • Demonstrated need for the project due to high demand and availability and adequacy of opportunities in the area;
  • Project is identified in a local beach or waterfront access plan or certified CAMA Land Use Plan;
  • The commitment of matching funds meets or exceeds the minimum required local match; and
  • The community has demonstrated its ability to complete previous projects and/or has demonstrated its ability to operate and maintain previously funded facilities.
  • Priority will be given to:
    • Land acquisition projects, includes donated land deemed “unbuildable” due to regulations or physical limitations;
    • Projects whose site design exceeds ADA requirements; and
    • Projects whose site design incorporates resiliency via nature-based features to support, protect and enhance access improvements.

The Division of Coastal Management provides technical assistance to local governments. Contact your District Planner to discuss your application or project.