Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:


Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Grants

History of Grant Program:

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) establishes a cooperative program between local and state governments for the management of Washington’s fresh and saltwater shorelines. Local governments develop and administer local Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs), and the Department of Ecology provides support and oversight. In 2003, the state adopted new regulations for Shoreline Master Programs. That same year, the Shoreline Management Act was amended to require over 260 local governments to update their shoreline master programs between 2005 and 2014. The SMA set forth a schedule for these updates and required the state to provide reasonable and adequate funding.

Since 2003, the Washington State Legislature has provided grant funds for these local updates. The Department of Ecology administers the grants program. As of July, 2013 over 80% of the jurisdictions have received funding for their updates.

Funding Source:

Environmental Legacy Stewardship Account (ELSA)

Current Funding Cycle

The Shoreline Management Act sets forth a schedule by which jurisdictions must complete comprehensive updates of their Shoreline Master Programs. In the 2013-2015 biennium, Ecology will provide grants to jurisdictions required to complete their updates by 2013 and 2014. The amount of funding awarded is based on an assessment of relevant factors including shoreline length, shoreline complexity, population, development pressure, etc. All eligible jurisdictions were awarded funds in July 2013.

Ecology anticipates that each local Shoreline Master Program update will take three years to complete. Grants awarded in 2013 will be funded with 2013-2015 biennium funds for the first two years of their work, with the final year to be funded in the subsequent biennium.

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit
No application requirement Washington State towns, cities, and counties as outlined in the Shoreline Management Act schedule (RCW 90.58.080) Comprehensive Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Plan Updates No match requirement Dependant on the specific jurisdictions’ shoreline length, complexity, population, and development pressure

Contact Us

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact either Bev Huether or Amy Krause, or the Ecology shoreline planner in your region.

Bev Huether
Financial Manager,
Shoreline Master Program Updates
Phone: 360-407-7254
Amy Krause
Financial Manager,
Shoreline Master Program Updates
Phone: 360-407-7107

More Information

Visit Ecology's Shoreline Master Program Grants web page for more information and grant materials.


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