Shore and Harbor Planning Grants


Kathleen Leyden

The Maine Coastal Program Releases FY22 Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program Statement

The Maine Coastal Program is currently seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY2022. Shore and Harbor Planning Grants support municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Proposals are due on Monday, May 3rd, 2021, 5pm.

Program Goals

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants promote: sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements, planning for climate resiliency and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront facilities and amenities, harbor and mooring plans, waterfront vulnerability assessments and resiliency plans, 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.

Note: For this grant round, distribution of awards will place emphasis on coastal waterfront climate resilience with a focus on projects that advance the recommendations identified in Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action.
Released in December 2020, the Plan identifies the need for communities to be proactive about understanding, planning and acting to reduce their risk from climate change.
Potential Funding Activities: Examples of projects below re 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. 

FY2021 Grantees

    1. Rockland- Downtown Waterfront Site Design and Implementation Roadmap
    2. Bowdoinham- Former Municipal Public Works Site: Waterfront Redevelopment
    3. Brooksville- Betsy’s Cove Parking Lot Repair and Expansion
    4. Deer Isle- Right of Way Discovery Project
    5. Stonington- Enhancement to the Stonington Public Landing
    6. Swan’s Island- Dock Replacement-
    7. Wiscasset- Recreational Pier Expansion

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

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For full details, see the Maine Coastal Program FY22 Grant Program Statement (PDF, 14 pp, 516 kb).