About the Massachusetts Dredging Program

Learn more about the goals and requirements of the Massachusetts Dredging Program here.


Coastal harbors up and down Massachusetts play a vital role in driving the Commonwealth’s blue economy. Without dredging, many of these harbors would become impassable for commercial and recreational vessels.    

The Massachusetts Dredging Program is the Commonwealth’s first standalone grant program with focused funding to support saltwater dredging. One-year construction grants are competitively awarded with a focus on shovel-ready projects that contribute to the economic vitality, recreational value, public safety, or environmental resilience of Massachusetts’s coastal harbors.

Program Eligibility

The Massachusetts Dredging Program is open to the Commonwealth’s 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone. Any such community acting by and through its municipal officers or by and through a public agency designated by such officers is eligible to apply.

Funding through the Massachusetts Dredging Program is competitively available for dredging in public tidelands. A minimum 50% non-state match is required for any application to be considered. Match funding may include, but may not be limited to, the following:                

  • Federal grants

  • Municipal funds

  • Private contributions

For complete program requirements, please refer to the RFP and application for the current grant round. New rounds typically open in the winter or spring.

Please note that pre-construction costs, or costs associated with the study, design, engineering, permitting, or real property transactions of a dredging project, are not eligible for funding. Coastal municipalities may consider the Seaport Economic Council Grant Program for potential funding opportunities related to pre-construction costs.