Maine Coastal Program Shore & Harbor Grant

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements, planning for climate resiliency and access to the shore.

Funds may be used for 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.

Contact Kathleen Leyden of the Maine Coastal Program. Phone number 287-3144 or cell 557-4014,

Go here for the Program Statement with application details and match requirements 


Damariscotta Waterfront RFP

In April, the Town of Damariscotta was awarded a $3 million grant from the Economic Development Administration to reconstruct the public infrastructure in the Town’s waterfront area and assist in the funding for storm drainage, parking lot reconstruction improved public access and a number of public amenities.

The grant which is being matched by more than $1 million in private donations and local taxpayers dollars will also allow the Town to proceed with constructing flood resiliency measures designed to protect historic downtown buildings from rising sea levels over the next several decades. 

Yesterday, the Town posted the request for proposals (RFP) for engineering firms who might be interested in teaming up with storm resiliency experts in the preparation of a proposal for the Town to consider.

For more info, go HERE.


Municipal COVID 19 Reimbursement Program

Municipal-level activities and measures to promote public education and public health activities, implement physical distancing measures, and provide technical assistance to local businesses can be reimbursed through the Keep ME Healthy Municipal Reimbursement Program. 

The State encourages municipalities to develop a plan and, upon approval, implement their own COVID-19 prevention, education, and protection plans and will be providing funding to reimburse municipalities the costs associated with these activities. Effectively, these local actions will be an extension of the Maine CDC actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As part of Keep Maine Healthy, the Maine CDC will oversee this initiative.

Municipalities and Tribal governments will submit plans that include one or more of the following:

  • Public education activities: This could include printing and posting of existing State or national COVID- 19 information and/or developing local educational activities that are consistent with CDC guidelines. Costs eligible for reimbursement would include staff time for planning and education activities and costs for signage, materials, website development, brochures and mailings.
  • Physical distancing and public health support: This could be fences, tape, and signage for physical distancing in public spaces and closed streets; hiring or reassigning staff to limit crowds in front of restaurants, bars, beaches and other sites; new traffic pattern signage and education; purchases of personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer to be made available for staff, visitors, and for use at public locations; providing extra cleaning supplies and additional staff time required for enhanced cleaning and management of public spaces and restrooms.
  • Local business assistance: This includes staff time for a Code Enforcement Officer, Local Health Officer, local law enforcement, or other person designated by the municipality or Tribe to be the local contact for educating local businesses on best practices. This may include following up on public complaints and, for certain cases, providing information to State officials when there is a potential public health violation that cannot be quickly resolved through educating the business or individual.

This initiative is for the short term (June 8 – October 31, 2020). Costs associated with approved public health education and prevention activities during the funding period from June 8 through October 31, 2020 will be reimbursed.

Costs incurred between June 8 – June 30 that are directly attributed to this education and prevention campaign will be considered for plan inclusion and reimbursement; however, reimbursement is not guaranteed until the application is approved by the CDC.

This program allows for municipal implementation in partnership with community organizations, including visitor centers, public health groups, or chambers of commerce.

Find a link to the application and more information from the Maine CDC here.  Here's a link to a recorded webinar.

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed budget and must be submitted to Michael Abbott at by June 22 for consideration.

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