Changes For Small Shipyard Grant Applicants
The Maritime Administration (MarAd) announced some changes to information that must be included on an application for a Small Shipyard Grant in 2020. (See related item in Washington Waves)
The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020 appropriated $20 million to the Small Shipyard Grant Program. A total of $19.6 million is currently available for small shipyards 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.
The law that reauthorized the grant program also tightens “Buy American” requirements for equipment purchased with grants funds. Accordingly, MarAd is asking that Small Shipyard grant applicants provide more detailed information about the domestic content of any equipment purchased with grant funds.
In line with the Trump administration’s stated desire to benefit rural areas, MarAd also asks for information about the project’s impacts to rural communities, consistent with its “ROUTES” initiative. Applicants must also provide information about Opportunity Zones.
Applications for the next round of Small Shipyard grants are due at 5 p.m. on February 18.
For more information, please visit MarAd’s website at maritime.dot.gov./grants. The Opportunity Number for the grant is DTMASSG20.