Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

Program Goals

The Shore and Harbor Planning Grant program provides resources on a competitive basis for shoreline access planning, waterfront and harbor planning, identification and resolution of waterfront use conflicts, and planning, feasibility, and design efforts for resilient waterfront infrastructure. Shore and Harbor Planning Grant projects are often well prepared to compete for construction funding through other sources. 

Potential 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 improvement plans, waterfront facility and amenity plans, harbor and mooring plans, management plans, and site plans
  • Climate vulnerability assessments and resilience plans for waterfront infrastructure
  • Development and implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement
  • Public and commercial access inventories and development of needs assessments for additional or improved access
  • Capital improvement plans to finance waterfront improvements
  • Public outreach activities to raise awareness of working waterfront businesses
  • Economic analyses to document the value of small ports and harbors

Fiscal Year 2023 Program

February 7, 2022: The Maine Coastal Program released the FY2023 Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program Statement (PDF, 13 pages).
View the news release here.

Note: For the FY23 grant round, distribution of awards placed emphasis on coastal waterfront resilience focusing on projects that advance the recommendations identified in Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action (PDF, 124 pages, 20 MB).  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. 

June 17, 2022: The Department of Marine Resources announced awards totaling $202,500 after a competitive review process. The FY2023 funds will support the coastal towns of Bar Harbor, Chebeague Island, Long Island, and Thomaston, and the Greater Portland Council of Governments. View the press release here.

FY 2022 Grantees

  • Belfast: Breakwater improvement planning and preliminary design
  • Falmouth: Town landing resiliency study
  • Gouldsboro: Planning for change along Gouldsboro’s Shore
  • Long Island: Improvements to Ponce’s Landing
  • Monhegan: Public wharf condition and resiliency assessment
  • Orrington: Conceptual design of boat launch facility
  • Topsham: Water access facilities feasibility study

Case Studies

Case studies and additional information about funded projects starting in Fiscal Year 2011

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