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State Invests in Protecting Working Waterfront

The Land for Maine’s Future Program and DMR are accepting letters of intent to apply for Working Waterfront Access Protection Program (WWAPP) projects through March 4. Eligible applicants for WWAPP proposals include private landowners, non-profit land conservation organizations, counties, cities, towns, and state agencies. $2.1 million is available for working waterfront projects in this round.

Working waterfronts, like this one on Vinalhaven, took a hit during the January storms. MLA Photo

The Maine Working Waterfront Access Protection Program provides funds to protect and secure commercial fishing access in Maine. WWAPP requires future development of funded property retain its use for commercial fishing and closely related activities. The program has protected 30 working waterfronts so far.

Maine Coastal Planning grant applications are being accepted for coastal planning projects. Approximately $300,000 in funding is available. Funding comes from NOAA funding to the Maine Coastal Program.

In response to the significant impacts of recent storms experienced by Maine’s coastal communities, the FY 2025 Coastal Community Grant Program and Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program are being combined and the matching fund requirement has been eliminated. The application process requires a Letter of Intent. Only those invited to apply may submit a full application.

Letters of Intent are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, emailed to Additional information is available on the Maine Coastal Program website.

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