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Funds Available to Preserve and Revitalize Working Waterfronts

Coastal Communities Can Apply for Grants by June 30

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now seeking proposals from local governments looking to invigorate their coastal communities and waterfront economies.

Municipalities and counties in the coastal zone are eligible to apply for one-year grants of up to $60,000 through the department’s Working Waterfronts Program.

“The prosperity of marine-dependent businesses and industries is vital to maintaining our state’s rich maritime culture, economy and identity,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “With these grants, we can provide the necessary assistance and expertise for our coastal communities to protect these defining characteristics.”

The program provides financial and technical support to preserve and protect existing and historic waterfront communities throughout Maryland. Ideal proposals will target waterfront planning, maritime zoning, and new programs supporting maritime industries and employment.

Last year, grants were awarded to the municipalities of Annapolis, Cambridge, Oxford, Rock Hall, and St. Michaels, as well as Talbot County.

Interested applicants should submit proposals here. Total requests may not exceed $60,000; matching funds are not required. Application deadline is June 30.

The grants are made possible by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.