Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) Round 4 (2024)

The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) continues to fulfill one of its primary objectives of assisting the various municipalities across the State of Connecticut in improving small ports, harbors and marinas. The Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) was conceptualized in 2017 with the aim of strengthening the economic viability of harbors and marinas along the Connecticut coastline. Since its inception, the three (3) tranches of the SHIPP grant have resulted in excess of $12 million dollars which has been awarded to 33 projects spanning 16 municipalities in the state of Connecticut. Needless to say, there are boundless benefits to be gained from the economic development of our state’s harbors.

The CPA is pleased to announce the launch of SHIPP Round 4 as of March 1, 2024 and is appealing to all cities and towns of Connecticut that are interested in improving the economic viability of their harbors and waterways to review and respond to the Request for Applications (RFA).

Municipal Leaders Urged to Apply for CT Port Authority Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program Grants

Rating Criteria

• Local and regional supporting actions
• Economic and market viability
• Timeline to implementation
• Project permitted
• Financial impact if project grant not awarded
• Type of marine related services provided by facility
• Stage of Project, planning, design, construction or other
• Number of current employees, and jobs created by this project

SHIPP ROUND 3 Recipients

Norwalk, Street Ends-Public Access, Planning Study $44,000
Norwich, Riverfront Pier-Walkway, Planning Study $45,000
Stamford, Boat Ramp(s) Feasibility Study, Planning Study $20,000
Stamford, Cummings Marina Design, Municipal Marina, Planning Study $236,500
Stonington, Town Pier Commercial Fish, Planning Study $250,000
Branford, Branford Point Wharf, Construction $1,000,000
Norwich, Municipal Marina Docks/Piers, Construction $289,490
Stamford, Cove Island Park Municipal Marina Dredging, Construction $3,095,520
Stratford, Emergency Service Dock, Construction $63,346

Total = $5,043,856

SHIPP – Application Documents

SHIPP Round 4 RFA 2024 (PDF)
SHIPP Round 4 Application (Word)
SHIPP Round 4 Application (PDF)
SHIPP Grant Policies and Procedures (PDF)
SHIPP Attachment A Criteria 2024 (PDF)

Proposal Milestone Dates:
Deadline for Application Submittal: July 1, 2024 (4:00 PM ET)
CPA Deadline for Rating/Selection: August 1, 2024 (SHIPP Review Committee)
CPA Request to State Bond Commission: August 2024 (Pending SBC Meeting)

For more information, please contact Fayola Haynes, Finance Director at:

CPA Interim Executive Director Ulysses Hammond, center, with Norwich Harbor Management Commission Chairman H. Tucker Braddock, right, state Sen. Cathy Osten, and Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom during the April 2024 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $1.3 million wheelchair-accessible ramp and docks installed at the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park in Norwich Harbor. A SHIPP grant paid 80 percent of the cost.

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