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Maine Coastal Program (MCP) - Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program

Grants to Maine Local Governments to Enhance Harbor
and Shorefront Economies in Coastal Communities

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Maine Department of Marine Resources

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05/03/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Maine local governments for projects that positively impact the economies and environments of coastal towns and townships. Funding is intended to support activities involving harbor and waterfront management, developing harbor and shore areas, and planning for climate resiliency. For this grant round, emphasis is placed 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.

Funds may be used for the 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. 

Potential Funding Activities:

  • Harbor Planning (especially to implement recommendations consistent with comprehensive plans), including Development of Harbor Management Plans, creation of Harbor Ordinances, preparation of Mooring Plans, with attendant databases and mapping support, data collection, mapping, database 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 wharves, 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 coastal communities in working with the ACOE and Maine’s congressional delegation to secure federal funding for ACOE maintenance dredging of small, shallow-draft harbors.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that contribute to multi-town or regional planning and resource management efforts such as addressing shared bay-wide harbor management and use issues, enhancing efforts to acquire and/or secure public recreational and working access to tidal waters, supporting marine resource management activities, advancing strategic waterfront land conservation planning efforts, and contributing to waterfront develop efforts for public access.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143194

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award is $30,000 and the minimum award is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin by August 31, 2021, and be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Those eligible to apply include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. Partnerships are encouraged and those proposals documenting strong partnerships that further ensure the success of the project are strongly encouraged. Towns in Maine’s coastal zone are listed in the appendix to the RFP.

These funds may not be used for capital improvements, permit fees, or to support the ongoing staffing needs of the applicant organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by Monday, May 3, 2021, at 5 pm.

It is anticipated that grants will be awarded in June 2021.

A non-federal match, equal to 25% of the total project cost is required. The project match can include cash and/or the documented value of in-kind services. Towns will be required to provide verification of match during the award period.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to Allison Potter at with ‘Shore and Harbor Grant Application’ in the subject line.

Direct questions to Allison Potter at the email address above with the subject line “Shore and Harbor Grants – Questions.”

Maine Department of Marine Resources
Maine Coastal Program
21 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Towns and Townships in Maine's Coastal Zone

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