Coastal Management Program grants available
Representatives of the Texas General Land Office were on the Lamar University campus Wednesday, May 28 to discuss the availability of $1.8 million dollars in grant funding for projects throughout the Texas coastal zone. Among many projects available for funding, the grants help conserve critical habitat, improve beach and bay public access and improve local water quality. Cities, colleges and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive grant funding.
“Lamar University and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration is pleased to collaborate with the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program in hosting the 2014 Grant Workshop,” said Peter Kelleher, associate provost for research and sponsored programs. “We recognize the need to promote these critical funding opportunities to our research faculty and to local community agencies to better our coastal communities, increase the body of knowledge about coastal management, and promote educational and research opportunities both on and off campus.”
The Texas Coastal Management Program (CMP), funded by NOAA, helps ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of the Texas coast through management of the state's coastal natural resource areas. The program is managed by the Texas Land Commissioner.
The Texas General Land Office awards approximately $2.2 million annually in grants, reviews federal actions in the Texas coastal zone to ensure consistency with the goals and policies of the CMP, supports protection of natural habitats and wildlife, and provides baseline data on the health of Gulf waters.
The federally approved program brings approximately $2.2 million in federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) funds to Texas, most of which goes to state and local entities to implement projects and program activities. Texas is one of only a handful of coastal states that pass substantial amounts of CZMA funds through to coastal communities for projects in the coastal zone.
The Land Office has funded projects in all parts of the coastal zone for a wide variety of purposes. The General Land Office established categories for use of these funds by coastal communities that include coastal natural hazards response, critical areas enhancement, public access, waterfront revitalization and ecotourism development, permit streamlining assistance, governmental coordination and local government planning assistance and water sediment quantity and quality improvements.
Lamar offers students the opportunity to conduct field-based study at the Center for Coastal and Marine Studies located on Pleasure Island near Port Arthur.