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Small Shipyard Grants

Small shipyards are a critical component of U.S. maritime operations and economic security, employing more than 100,000 Americans, fostering communities along and near our nation's ports and watereways, and contributing tens of billions in gross domestic product.

The Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant Program is designed to support small shipyard projects that make capital and related improvements or provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. Supporting these types of projects drives efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration across the industry.

Grants are capped at 75 percent of the project's estimated cost and are available to facilities with fewer than 1,200 production employees. Additional information can be found here in the Federal Register.

Authorizing Statute

The Small Shipyard Grant Program was authorized under Section 3501 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232), codified at 46 U.S.C. § 54101.

Available Funding

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $20,000,000 to the Small Shipyard Grant Program. However, the application and award period for FY 2019 grants has passed. When new funding becomes available, a notice will be posted on the federal register.

See the 2019 application for reference.


Contact the Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering, or inquire at the following address:

Maritime Administration
Room W21-318
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590
phone: (202) 366–5737
fax: (202) 366–6988
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2019