Federal Register: Notice of Funding Opportunity – Small Shipyards

Small Shipyard Grant Program; Application Deadlines

Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation has issued a notice of deadlines for Small Shipyard Grant Applications. Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, $19,600,000 is currently available for grants to:

  1. Make capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration, and
  2. Provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries.

Applications must be received by the Maritime Administration by 5 p.m. EDT on February 18, 2020. Applications received later than this time will not be considered.

Grants under the Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant Program may not be used to construct buildings or other physical facilities or to acquire land. Grant funds may be used for

  • Capital and related improvements in small shipyards, and
  • Maritime training programs to foster employee skills and enhanced productivity related to shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. Grants for such training programs may only be awarded to “Eligible Applicants” as described below, but training programs can be established through vendors to such applicants.

No more than 25 percent of the funds available will be awarded to shipyard facilities in one geographic location that have more than 600 production employees. MARAD will seek to obtain the maximum benefit from the available funding by awarding grants to as many of the worthiest projects as possible. MARAD may partially fund applications by selecting parts of the total project.

Eligible Applicants

Section 54101, Title 46, United States Code, provides that shipyards can apply for grants. The shipyard facility for which a grant is sought must be in a single geographic location and may not have more than 1,200 production employees. The applicant must be the operating company of the shipyard facility. The shipyard facility must construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use, or construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.