Maritime Washington Grant Program: 2024 Program Guidelines

Since time immemorial, people have settled along the saltwater shores of what is today Washington State, supported by the rich maritime resources for food, shelter, inspiration, trade, and transportation. Today, Washington’s shores continue to serve as home to many vibrant maritime cultures. To support those who celebrate, maintain, and share our state’s water-based stories and resources, the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is pleased to offer the Maritime Washington Grant Program. This program will award funds to the nonprofit organizations, local governments, Tribes, regional educational institutions, and other entities connected to our region’s maritime heritage.

The mission of the Maritime Washington Grant Program is to support work that strengthens, maintains, and shares maritime heritage in Washington. We define “maritime heritage” broadly as the history and connection that people have with the marine environment. It includes tangible and intangible resources and encompasses cultural, historical, and natural resources.

Key Dates

April 3, 2024, 12:00 pm: Office hours with grant program administrators (Register here)

May 1, 2024, 5:00 pm: Application period closes

June 2024: All applicants notified

July 2024: Grant contracts prepared for grant recipients; Grant-supported project work and reimbursable expenses commence

January 2025: Progress reports due for grantees

July 31, 2025: Grant-supported projects completed

Eligible Projects & Expenses

Projects eligible for the Maritime Washington Grant Program are those that strengthen, maintain, and/or share maritime heritage in Washington. Eligible projects should support at least one of Maritime Washington’s goals:


Maximum Grant Request: $15,000

Total Grantable Dollars Available: $150,000

Payment: These funds are reimbursement grants, meaning that you will pay for work on your project upfront, and Maritime Washington will reimburse you for project-related costs.

Matching Requirement? There is a required 1:1 minimum match of non-federal funding and/or in-kind resources (including volunteer and staff time) for these grant funds. This match must be from after October 1, 2023. If total project costs exceed the minimum 1:1 match, grantees will allow Maritime Washington National Heritage Area to use all non-federal project expenses (cash or in-kind) as project match.

Project Types

The grant application is open to a wide range of projects that strengthen, maintain, and share maritime heritage in Washington. Eligible projects may include but are not limited to:

Activities and expenses that are not eligible for funding in this inaugural grant cycle include:

Additional considerations:

Eligible Applicant Organizations/Entities

The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area includes 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater shoreline from Grays Harbor County to the Canadian border, extending one-quarter mile inland from the mean high tide line. Its boundaries include the coastal lands of 21 federally recognized Tribes, 13 counties, 32 incorporated cities, and 33 port districts. All applicants must be located within one of the 13 counties within the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area: San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, or Grays Harbor.

Applicants do not need to be located within the quarter-mile boundary of the National Heritage Area, but the project for which they are applying should be directly connected to Washington’s maritime heritage and/or resources located within the bounds of the National Heritage Area.

Eligible organizations include:

Ineligible applicants include:

Note: If your organization/institution is not a Tribal entity nor Native-led and your proposed project includes interpretation of Native peoples or stories, you will be required to describe in the application your existing partnerships with Tribal entities or your plan to authentically cultivate relationships with Tribal entities as part of your proposed project. We encourage grantees to be realistic about the time needed to develop meaningful relationships with Tribal partners.

Scoring Criteria

Applications will be read by a Review Committee comprised of members of Maritime Washington’s Advisory Board, Tribal Working Group, and other stakeholders. The Review Committee will score ALL applications on the following criteria:

Terms and Conditions

All recipients of the Maritime Washington Grant Program will be required to:


The mission of the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is to support a network that strengthens the maritime community and connects people with the stories, experiences, resources, and cultures of our state’s saltwater shores and waterways. The Maritime Washington Grant Program is one of the ways in which we are working to achieve this mission. To learn more about the other ways in which we are working to achieve this mission, please explore our website: