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Conserving Coastal Land

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The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program, provides grants to eligible state agencies and local governments to acquire coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values. The program provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers. Lands or conservation easements acquired with CELCP funds are protected in perpetuity so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.

These properties must be within the 18 coastal counties. In Texas, local governments apply for this funding through the Texas General Land Office. The maximum amount that may be requested for the federal share of each project is $3 million. Texas may select and submit up to three projects for this national competition.

Currently there is no available funding under CELCP.  You may check for updates by clicking on the "Funding Opportunities" to the right.