Assistance to Small Shipyards

To award grants for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements at qualified shipyards that will facilitate the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and quality of domestic ship construction for commercial and Federal Government use.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Funds were awarded to Commercial Shipyards that builds and delivers or repairs completed vessels.

Fiscal Year 2017: Awards will be made September 5, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Bludworth Marine, L.l.c. $ 900,000   2017-09-052020-09-05
Snow & Company, Inc. $ 67,511   2018-07-232020-07-23
Patti Marine Enterprises, Inc. $ 449,231   2018-07-232020-07-23
Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. $ 618,750   2018-09-122020-07-23
Metal Trades, Inc. $ 520,167   2018-07-232020-07-23
Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-232020-07-23
Bollinger Shipyards Lockport, L.l.c. $ 521,753   2018-07-232020-07-23
Master Boat Builders, Inc. $ 1,332,607   2018-07-232020-07-23
Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation $ 1,296,820   2018-07-232020-07-23
James Marine, Inc. $ 1,125,000   2018-07-232020-07-23

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Funds were awarded on April 18, 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: Program funded at $4,900,000.00. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

For capital and related infrastructure improvements.

Cannot be used for physical facility construction or land acquisition unless specifically approved by Administrator as consistent with capital and infrastructure improvements.

Federal funds cannot exceed 75 percent of project cost unless (1) cost is less than $26,075, or (2) determination is made that project merits support and requires additional assistance.

Cannot be used for physical facility construction or land acquisition unless specifically approved by the Administrator as consistent with capital infrastructure improvements. Federal funds cannot exceed 75 percent of project costs unless a determination is made that project merits support and requires additional assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Either a shipyard or a State or local government on behalf of a shipyard can apply.

The shipyard must be one in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, that (1) is a small business concern within the meaning of section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C.

632); and (2) does not have more than 600 production employees.

Other factors taken into account when grants are awarded will be (a) the economic circumstances and conditions of the maritime community near to which a shipyard is located; and (B) the local, State and regional economy in which such community is located.

Beneficiary Eligibility



As required by application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. .SF-424 application form must be filed with the Maritime Administration. There are specific agency instructions for additional information which should be provided as an addendum to Form SF-424. These instructions were published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2008, in Vol.73, No. 7, pp.1912-1913. Applicants can go to to apply.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made by the Maritime Administrator in such amounts and under such conditions as he determines.


Not Applicable.


Section 3508 National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 110-417.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. Public Law 110-417 provides that no more than 75 percent of a project's cost may be paid from Federal Funds. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

To be individually determined based on project. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

SF-425 is required.

There will be Progress Reports, Annual Reports, and/or Status Reports depending on the nature of the project and the period of time it is expected to take.

No expenditure reports are required.

Monitoring is based done by the audit requirements.

Grants over $750,000 have mandatory audits.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $10,000,000; FY 17 est $4,900,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards can be in any amount up to $9,800,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register publication on January 10, 2008 in Vol.73, No.7, pp.1912-1913. Implementing legislation: Section 3506 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163) and section entitled 'Assistance to Small Shipyards' in Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

David.Heller 1200 New Jersey Ave, Room W21-318 , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-5737 Fax: (202) 366-6988.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) How well the project will facilitate the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality of domestic ship construction for commercial and Federal Government use, and (2) the economic factors set forth in section 081 above.

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