Coastal Virginia Museums Awarded Maritime Heritage Grants

by Ryan Miller

On July 7, the National Park Service announced that $1,752,073 worth of Maritime Heritage Grants have been awarded across 13 states and the District of Colombia. Three of those grants, totaling $163,350, were awarded to Virginia applicants: The Mariners’ Museum, Watermen’s Museum and Nauticus Foundation.

The National Park Service, partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), awarded these grants to projects that were effective in teaching and preserving sites related to the nation’s maritime history.

“Protecting our nation’s maritime history is an important part of the National Park Service’s mission to share America’s story,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds.

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are funded through dismantling and recycling vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet in an environmentally sound manner.

“These grants will support efforts to conserve important parts of our maritime history and educate students of all ages.”

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