SHIP Program accepting letters of intent on an on-going basis

February 4, 2014

MDOT Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) funds can now be applied for on an Ongoing Basis

MDOT announced this week that SHIP funding can now be applied for on an ongoing basis. To be eligible for funding any given following calendar year, the application needs to be approved and the local match in an account (approved by voters, elected officials, or in an approved budget) by June 30th of the preceding year.

This competitive grant application requires a minimum of a 50% match and is open to tidewater communities that can demonstrate a need to improve economic activity and improve access to a tidewater river or the ocean on publicly accessible property. Typical types of projects funded under this program include commercial and municipal wharf improvements, hoist systems, boat ramps, gangways, stairwells to clam flats, piling replacements, etc. The goal of this program is to promote economic development, improve public marine infrastructure, and improve public access.

Letter of Intent and Application Documents

MaineDOT will schedule site visits as needed after Letters of Intent have been filed. Here are a few specifics regarding the application process:

Maine DOT has created a Powerpoint overview of the program, electronic letter of intent and application forms are located at the following link:

More information is also available by contacting Dan Stewart, Small Harbor Improvement Manager at 207.624.3252

WCCOG staff are available to assist WCCOG Member Municipalities with preparing Letters of Intent and Full Application packages. Contact the office 454-0465 or Judy East