Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:

Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Grants


Washington’s Shoreline Management Act establishes a cooperative program between Ecology and local governments for the management of lake, wetland, stream and marine shorelines. Local governments develop and administer local Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs) and Ecology provides support and oversight.

The Act (90.58.080) requires and sets a schedule for comprehensive updates of over 260 local shoreline programs. State law also requires the state to provide reasonable and adequate funding.

Since 2003, the Legislature has provided grant funds for comprehensive updates. The Department of Ecology administers the grant program. The grants may be used to pay for local planning, public involvement, consultant, and research costs.

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


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

Ecology shoreline planner serving your region

More Information

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


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