Shore and Harbor Planning Grants - Deadline to Apply, June 22, 2020

The Maine Department of Marine Resources Coastal Program announces the availability of funds for Shore and Harbor Planning grants.

How to Apply: Information on how to apply can be found at

Maine Coastal Program intends to allocate approximately $120,000 in grants. Individual grants may not exceed $30,000.

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.

Shore and harbor grants are available to municipalities in the State's designated coastal zone, which includes all towns with tidal waters, to the head of tide on tidal rivers. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, based on the results of a project scoring and selection process. Grants are intended to be issued to municipalities, but other entities and organizations may participate through a partnership with a lead municipality.

A match, in cash or in-kind, of 25% of total project cost is required. Projects showing a substantial additional municipal share will improve the competitiveness of the project proposal. The project match can include direct project cost and documented values of in-kind services, including expenditures for the development and preparation of the grant application.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Kathleen Leyden, Maine Coastal Program at to discuss project ideas and consistency with the purposes of the Shore and Harbor Grant Program. Final deadline for proposals will be June 22th, 2020, 5PM.

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