The Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Service’s Working Waterfronts Program is preparing to put out an RFP for their new Working Waterfronts Enhancement Grants. The full RFP will not be released until September 14th, but here is a one-page summary. They are holding pre-proposal workshops on September 16th & 17th, and local governments within Maryland’s Coastal Zone are invited to attend.
These workshops will provide opportunities to learn about the upcoming Working Waterfronts “Request for Proposal,” have your questions answered, and discuss potential project proposals with DNR staff.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Working Waterfronts Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote and assist with the preservation of existing and historic working waterfronts in Maryland. The Working Waterfronts Program is soliciting proposals from local governments for a unique grant to support revitalization of working waterfront communities and economies throughout Maryland. Local governments are welcome to apply for financial assistance to complete one-year projects focused on planning or implementation.
Ideal project proposals will target: Development of new, or modifying existing waterfront and comprehensive plans, maritime zoning, codes, ordinances, as well as programs dedicated to working waterfront protection and enhancement.
Applicants are encouraged to address traditional uses, public access, maritime heritage, tourism, recreation, and natural resources conservation and/or restoration, while taking into account potential flooding and storm surge impacts.
Who is Eligible?
Municipalities and counties in the coastal zone are eligible to apply for and receive funds on an annual basis. Maryland’s coastal zone includes the following counties and the municipalities located within: Worcester, Somerset, Wicomico, Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s.