$2.58 Million Awarded for Maritime Heritage Grants

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of $2.58 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects in 19 states that preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

Congratulations to the following CAMM-member grant recipients:

  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program
  • Maritime Museum Association of San Diego for Distance Learning History Project: Linking to Cabrillo’s Ship San Salvador
  • San Francisco Maritime National Park Association for Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey
  • Mystic Seaport Museum for Scrimshaw, Marine Painting, and Ship Model Preservation and Access Project
  • Connecticut River Museum for Bulkhead Replacement Project
  • Kalmar Nyckel Foundation for “Wilmington Shipbuilding” Interpretive Educational Exhibit
  • Maine Maritime Museum for Construction of Building Addition for a Simulated Lighthouse Lantern Room
  • USS Constitution Museum for Renewing “Old Ironsides”
  • National Maritime Historical Society for Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History Magazine
  • Independence Seaport Museum for Submarine Becuna Multimedia App Development
  • Steamship Historical Society of America for Steaming into the Future

See NPS press release for full list of grant recipients.

The Maritime Heritage Program grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $15,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  In accordance with the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

NPS Maritime Historian Anna Holloway expects the next application period for grants to begin May 23rd. See the Maritime Heritage Program website for more information on the grants program.

Submitted by Anna Holloway, NPS Maritime Historian, April 22, 2016

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