Right-of-Way Discovery Grants


Matt Nixon, Senior Planner


Help communities find and assert public rights-of-way to the shore, which may be lost by the passing of generations and changing land ownership patterns.


  • Enable commercial fishing and other marine industries to continue as a viable component of Maine's economy
  • Ensure opportunities for recreational use of the water by year-round and seasonal residents, as well as tourists


coastal towns


Maine Coastal Program (NOAA)


Program has been in continous effect since 1987; grants of approximately $1,000 are awarded each year to qualified applicants.

Success Stories

ROW Awards, 2005-2010 (PDF)

Harpswell, 2006 (PDF)

Owls Head, 2006 and 2008 (PDF)

Stockton Springs, 2006 (PDF)

Further Information

ROW Discovery Grant Program brochure (PDF 45k)

ROW Discovery Grant Program handbook (PDF 904k)