These grants aim to teach about and preserve sites and objects related to US's maritime history.

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National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith, stated:

From exploration, to industry, and military conflict, these grant projects tell the story of our nation’s history through a maritime lens. Through a collaborative effort, the National Park Service is dedicated to conserving these treasures and enhancing public awareness of our maritime heritage.

The National Maritime Heritage Program grant awards are made possible from a partnership between the two federal agencies. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports many maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled with an environmentally safe way.

The National Park Service will administer these projects as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices, who will share the funds to applicants.

The recipients of the National Maritime Heritage grants are listed below