This is a planning assistance program only. Funds may be used for planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education. Funds are not available for land acquisition or construction. This program awards $185,000 in funding each year; maximum award is $50,000. Towns have used this program in the past to fund pedestrian trails that increase access to coastal areas. For example, the Town of Yarmouth was awarded funding in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study to identify opportunities for reestablishing pedestrian connections between Main Street, Town Landing and the marinas. Eligible entities include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. You can access the list and a map of eligible coastal communities HERE.