Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) Deadlines

September 13, 2013

Maine DOT is now accepting applications for the Small Harbor Improvement Program.

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.

2013 Letter of Intent and Application Documents



October 4th, 2013: Letter of Intent Form must be emailed or sent to MaineDOT by October 4th, 2013.  This is required to be eligible to apply in December.

December 13th, 2013: Completed and signed application(s) must be emailed or sent to MaineDOT on or before December 13th, 2013.  Only communities that sent in a Letter of Intent are eligible to apply in December.

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

Project Eligibility

The project proposal must meet three minimum criteria:

Additional Information:

1.    Design – If a project is unlikely to be fully designed or permitted in time for construction to begin this upcoming season, design only is eligible for funding in 2014.

2.    Construction – If a project is ready to begin construction this winter, spring, or next summer, construction is eligible for funding.

3.    Most projects will be locally administered, and overseen by MaineDOT.

4.    A local cash match of at least 50% of the total project cost is required.

5.    The schedule calls for projects to be selected by January 30th, 2014, and a binding state/municipal agreement to be signed by March, 2014. Projects awarded for 2014 are expected to begin construction this next construction season.

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