• Maritime Heritage Program

The Maritime Heritage Program is part of the National Park Service's Park History Program. For centuries, Americans have used waterways for commerce, transportation, defense, and recreation. The Maritime Heritage Program works to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States. Through leadership, assistance, and expertise in maritime history, preservation, and archeology we help to interpret and preserve our maritime heritage by maintaining inventories of historic U.S. maritime properties, providing preservation assistance through publications and consultation, educating the public about maritime heritage through our website, sponsoring maritime heritage conferences and workshops, and funding maritime heritage projects when grant assistance is available.

NPS Maritime Parks Maritime Property Inventories Grants National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act References and Resources About

Update: 2016 Maritime Heritage Grants

The application period for 2016 National Maritime Heritage Grants is now closed, and applications are under review. Successful submission of your application package at www.grants.gov indicates receipt of your materials by the National Park Service. Applicants will be notified individually when decisions have been made. We expect this to be in mid-to late Spring 2017.


Update: 2015 Maritime Grants Recipients Announced!

Winners of the 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants were announced on Monday, April 25, 2016 on board the USS Constellation in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  A total of $2,580,197.37 will be awarded to 34 projects in 19 states.  Go to this year's recipients for details.


Application Period Closed for 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants

The application period for the 2015 National Maritime Heritage Grants is now closed and all applications are currently under review. Applicants will be contacted directly by NPS regarding the status of their applications; funding decisions are expected to be made in early 2016.