BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced $2 million in grants through the Seaport Economic Council to benefit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The grants were announced as part of a package of more than $6.4 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants to support projects in 6 communities and 4 educational institutions. The grants will support development that stimulates the expansion and modernization of the maritime sector, research that prepares for shifts in climate and industry, and educational programs that increase participation in the blue economy.
“Expanding capacity, resiliency, and opportunity in coastal communities will ensure the vitality of the Commonwealth’s maritime industry for years to come,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration will continue to prioritize Massachusetts’ leadership in the global blue economy through the guidance of the Seaport Economic Council.”
“The forward-thinking proposals made by coastal communities have empowered the achievement of key local, regional, and statewide initiatives,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “I am pleased that the grants awarded today will support the unique needs of each community, while addressing both present and future challenges.”
In the Town of Falmouth, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was the recipient of $1M in grant funding for the development of a state-of-the-art Complex for Waterfront Access To Exploration and Research (CWATER): a next-generation, world-class, sustainable waterfront marine research complex. The research and employment opportunities that this new complex will be able to provide will greatly benefit the Woods Hole and Falmouth Communities as well as the overall Massachusetts Blue Economy.
“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for this generous grant to support the burgeoning blue economy in Falmouth and Bourne,” said Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth. “WHOI and Mass Maritime are not only a world class research institutions and educational facilities located in the heart of our community but great local partners. Their inclusive approach to these state of the art facilities will not only result in outstanding research and training complexes but will provide more waterfront access and opportunity for our communities.”
In the Town of Bourne, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy received $1M in grant funding for the creation of a coastal emergency management simulator. The simulator will provide a training platform for emergency management students, and assist coastal communities statewide in developing and strengthening disaster preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.