Shore and Harbor Planning Grants


Kathleen Leyden

The Maine Coastal Program Releases FY20 Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program Statement

The Maine Coastal Program is currently seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY2020. Shore and Harbor Planning Grants support municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Proposals are due on Friday, May 17th, 2019.

Program Goals
Shore and Harbor Technical Assistance Grants, administered by the Maine Coastal Program, Maine Department of Marine Resources, promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, advance planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront, harbor and mooring areas, development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement, development of planning studies for public and working access, development of plans and designs for harbor improvements, and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.

Potential Funding Activities: Examples of projects below are not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather provide ideas for projects that would be eligible for funding.

  • Harbor Planning (in particular, to implement recommendations consistent with comprehensive plans), including – Development of Harbor Management Plans, creation of Harbor Ordinances, preparation of Mooring Plans, with attendant data bases and mapping support, data collection, mapping, data base development, and analysis activities needed to support harbor planning activities, harbor traffic control and safety planning. 
  • Planning and Design Projects for Harbor Improvements – Integration of public access with waterfront development to preserve unique natural, cultural, and village assets that contribute to sustainable development and tourism infrastructure.  Planning and design of facilities and improvements for public and working access, dredging studies (non-federal, and for federal match), support for research and demonstration of new materials and techniques for ramps, piers and wharfs, floats, and moorings. Development of plans or strategies to address the impact of coastal storms and flooding on waterfront infrastructure. Planning and design of improvements to existing and aging infrastructure so that it may better serve the waterfront community into the future.
  • Municipal Facilities Management Plans – Management and business plans for operations of municipal fishing piers, marinas, and water access sites and facilities, development of related rules and ordinances, creation of model or standardized lease arrangements for municipal use.
  • Working Waterfront Planning and Improvement Projects – Project planning and development support for projects seeking funding from the Working Waterfront Access Protection Program
  • Right of Way Rediscovery Projects – Research to help communities find and assert public rights-of-way to the shore.  Funding provided under this category can be used for deed and legal research and property surveys.
  • Harbor Dredging-related Research Projects – Research to help communities identify and quantify the socio-economic value of federally-designated, shallow-draft harbors maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). Socio-economic research that documents these values can assist a coastal community in working with the ACOE and Maine’s congressional delegation to secure federal funding for ACOE maintenance dredging of small, shallow-draft harbors. 

FY2019 Grantees

  • Biddeford – Planning and Final Design for a New Boat Launch at Vines Landing Award: $28,000
  • Boothbay Harbor –East Side Working Waterfront Improvements
  • Cutler – Little Machias Bay Landing Design
  • Milbridge – Narraguagus River Dredge Analysis Project
  • Monhegan – Monhegan Island Harbor and Water Supply Protection Project Phase II
  • Mount Desert – Bartlett’s Landing Mooring Plan
  • Rockland – Rockland Harbor Management Plan
  • South Portland – Portland Street Pier Design
  • Stonington – Enhancements for Stonington Fish Pier
  • Waldoboro – Dutch Neck Landing Renewal Project

This technical assistance program has been in continuous operation since 2000.

For more information please contact Kathleen Leyden.

For full details, see the Maine Coastal Program FY20 Grant Program Statement.