Notice of Funding Opportunity for Small Shipyard Grants

This notice announces the intention of the Maritime Administration to provide grants to small shipyards. Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, there is currently $19,600,000 available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration.

Potential applicants are advised that it is expected, based on past experience, that the number of applications will far exceed the funds available and that only a small percentage of applications will be funded.

Applications will be accepted online through Grants.gov. by 5 pm on May 16, 2022.

    1. Changes from the FY 2021 NOFO

The FY 2022 Small Shipyard Grant Program notice includes new Department of Transportation (“Department” or “DOT”) priorities related to climate change and environmental justice, equity, and job creation. These priorities are part of new program objectives that are incorporated into the FY 2022 Small Shipyard Grant program evaluation process as secondary selection criteria. See Sections D and E of this NOFO for more details.

The FY 2022 Small Shipyard Grant Program is also requiring application submissions through Grants.gov rather than through hardcopy like in previous fiscal years. See Section D of this NOFO for more details on submitting applications through Grants.gov.

Eligible Applicants: 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.

Eligible Projects: Eligible projects include: (1) capital and related improvement projects in small shipyards that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training projects that will be effective in fostering employee skills and enhanced productivity related to shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. For capital improvement projects, all items proposed for funding must be new and must be owned by the successful grant applicant.

Grant funds may also be used for 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 above, but training programs can be established through vendors to such applicants.

For both capital improvement and training projects, all project costs, including the recipient’s share, must be incurred after the date of the grant agreement.

Grants under MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program may not be used to construct buildings or other physical facilities or to acquire land.

April 7, 2022: Grants.gov

https://www.maritime.dot.gov/grants-finances/small-shipyard-grants