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Tall Ships America Members Receive Project Grants

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 15, 2015

In July 2014, we shared an announcement from the Maritime Administration and National Park Service about the availability of $1.7 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects. They recently announced (in the press release that follows) that those grants have been awarded – and that many of them went to our member organizations and tall ships!

Maritime Administration and National Park Service announce $2.6 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.
“Our maritime heritage is woven into the nation’s history and identity,” said Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “These grants will not only help preserve our maritime resources for future generations, but many of these projects will also directly connect communities to that heritage through educational outreach and involvement in preservation efforts.”
“Since our nation’s very beginning, seafarers have helped build, defend and provide for our way of life in the United States, and the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program preserves and promotes that proud maritime legacy,” said Maritime Administrator Jaenichen. “The projects were so worthwhile in providing education and preservation of our maritime heritage assets that MARAD provided more than $800,000 over the original funding amount to support additional projects that were highly recommended by the Federal review panel.”
National Maritime Heritage Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  Funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The Maritime Heritage grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $25,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Tall Ships America Members who received grants include:

Center for Wooden Boats for free public rides on historic small craft ($28,000)
Independence Seaport Museum to undertake critical projects for the continued preservation of USS Olympia ($169,850)
Living Classrooms Foundation for USS Constellation spar, fighting top, and rigging rehabilitation ($89,596.50)
Maritime Museum of San Diego for replacement of the sailing ship Star of India’s weather decks ($192,794)
Mystic Seaport Museum for restoration of the 1908 steamboat Sabino ($199,806)
USS Constitution for USS CONSTITUTION: From Forest to Frigate ($50,000)

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