- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Round of Massachusetts Dredging Program
Colleen Arons , Communications Director, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the opening of the inaugural round of the Massachusetts Dredging Program. This is the Commonwealth’s first standalone grant program to offer focused funding for saltwater dredging on a competitive, annual basis. Grant funding will help coastal communities maintain and improve their navigational waterways and support the long-term growth and sustainability of the state’s maritime economy.
The Massachusetts Dredging Program is financed through capital funds allocated under the 2018 Economic Development Bill, which was signed by Governor Baker on August 9, 2018. The program builds on the success of the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, which awarded $3.6 million to 10 projects, tapping into $3.9 million in local funding.
“Massachusetts’ coastal assets offer opportunities to each of the 78 cities and towns along the Commonwealth’s coastline and this new dredging program targets funding to a particular type of project that will provide necessary aid to these municipalities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This is a powerful example of how the state can support local priorities, unlock additional investment, and ensure the continued vitality of our maritime communities.”
“The Massachusetts Dredging Program is an important new tool that directly responds to Massachusetts’ coastal communities’ desire to conduct dredging work, opening up their waterways for expanded activity and commerce,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As chair of the Seaport Economic Council, I have seen firsthand the positive impact our investments are making on physical infrastructure and the lives of our residents – particularly those who work in the maritime economy. The addition of dedicated dredging funding is an important advancement in our work to enable greater economic vitality in our coastal communities.”
Lieutenant Governor Polito made the announcement at an event hosted by MassPort, where she received the Maritime Champion of the Year award in recognition of her leadership on the Seaport Economic Council, advocacy for the seafood industry and commitment to the revitalization of the Port of Boston, including the Boston Harbor Dredging Project and modernization of Conley Terminal.
“Massachusetts’ blue economy has a proud past and present, which includes the country’s largest fishing port in New Bedford, and as we look ahead, we can count on these communities to continue to reinvent and innovate,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “This new dredging program is another important tool to spur economic growth in our coastal communities, and we look forward to receiving applications in this inaugural grant application round.”
All Massachusetts coastal communities are eligible to apply to the dredging program’s 2019 grant round. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with a particular emphasis placed on shovel-ready projects that contribute to the economic significance, recreational value, public safety, and/or coastal resiliency of Massachusetts’ coastal harbors.
Applications will be evaluated by the program administrator, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), in consultation with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. EOHED anticipates awarding up to $4 million for multiple projects in the 2019 Grant Round, and requires a minimum 50% match for any application to be considered.
Applications for the Massachusetts Dredging Program 2019 grant round are due May 1, 2019. Learn more at mass.gov/massachusetts-dredging-program.