Coast Smart Communities Initiative - Photo by Sharon B. Pyle

CoastSmart Communities is a program dedicated to assisting Maryland’s coastal communities address short- and long-term coastal hazards, such as coastal flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise. CoastSmart connects local planners to essential information, tools, people, and trainings.


Maryland’s shorelines extend over 3,000 miles along the diverse landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, the Coastal Bays, and the Atlantic Ocean. These landscapes are high susceptible to coastal storms, flooding, hurricanes, and are vulnerable to the long-term effects of a changing climate. These events are predicted to become more intense and more frequent in the future because of changes in sea level, temperature, wind and wave energy.


We recognize that the impacts of these hazards will be most intensely experienced at the local level; therefore require local action. CoastSmart is here to help local government prepare and increase resiliency for the next event.


CoastSmart provides:

  • CoastSmart Communities grant program
  • Training for local practitioners
  • Links to supportive information, tools, visualizations, and networks

Isabel waterfront houses - CoastSmart Communities Grant

CoastSmart Communities Grant

Provides financial assistance to local government to aid in coastal hazard preparedness, planning, and outreach.


Coastal Hazard Identification and Mapping

CoastSmart Scorecard

Helps communities evaluate risk and vulnerability through a guided self-assessment; identifies steps for increasing resiliency.


Street - Coastal Hazard Planning, Training and Technical Assistance

CoastSmart Resource Center

Links practitioners to helpful tools, videos, reports, trainings, websites, and other useful information.

Climate Change

Climate Change

DNR has the lead role in advancing the scientific understanding of Maryland’s vulnerability to climate change.

  • “Here in Maryland we are aggressively implementing initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will provide benefits long into the future; however, we must also ensure our communities are “CoastSmart” now - ready, adaptive and resilient.”

    - Governor Martin O’Malley

CoastSmart Grant RFP

CoastSmart Grant RFP

Contact Information

Kate Skaggs

Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Tawes State Office Building E-2

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone 410-260-8743

Fax 410-260-8739

kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us