Tidelands Trust Fund

Tidelands and Liaison Office Grant Management Coordinator: Sonja Slater

Accepting Tidelands applications starting May 31, 2019.

What is the Tidelands Trust Fund?

The Tidelands Trust Fund, which is comprised of funds derived from the lease of tidelands and submerged lands, is administered by the Department of Marine Resources as mandated by the state law. The guidelines for administering these funds, as stated in Title 29, Section 15, of the Mississippi Code of 1972, are as follows:

"Any funds derived from lease rentals of tidelands and submerged lands, except those funds derived from mineral leases, or funds previously specifically designated to be applied to other agencies, shall be transferred to the special fund. However, funds derived from lease rentals may be used to cover the administrative cost incurred by the Secretary of State. Any remaining funds derived from lease rentals shall be disbursed pro rata to the local taxing authorities for the replacement of lost ad Val orem taxes, if any. Then, any remaining funds shall be disbursed to the commission for new and extra programs of tidelands management, such as conservation, reclamation, preservation, acquisition, education, or the enhancement of public access to the public trust tidelands or public improvement projects as they relate to those lands."

What are Tidelands?

Those lands which are daily covered and uncovered by water by the action of the tides, up to the mean line of the ordinary high tides.

For further information regarding Tidelands Leases, boundary distinctions, and more please visit the Secretary of State's website at http://sos.ms.gov.

For an inventory of public access sites in the three Mississippi coastal counties click here.

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Public Access Projects

Project Name Agency
BSL Harbor Pier 5 City of Bay St. Louis
Point Cadet Marina Expansion & Water's Edge Boardwalk City of Biloxi
Point Cadet Engineering and Development Project City of Biloxi
Montjoy Creek Restoration and Drainage Improvements City of Diamondhead
Fountain Beach Public Access Phase 1 & 2 City of D'Iberville
Shepard State Park upgrades Project City of Gautier
Bernard & Brickyard Bayou Blueway Kayak Launch Project City of Gulfport
FY19 Harbor Improvements City of Long Beach
Dantzler Street Alignment City of Moss Point
OS Front Beach Infrastructure Stabilization Improvements City of Ocean Springs
Point Park Amenities City of Pascagoula
Redecking of existing piers City of Pass Christian
Removal of derelict piers and structures City of Waveland
Jourdan River Shores Canal Dredging Project Hancock County
McLeod Park Bathhouse Improvements Project Harrison County
Brittany Ave Boat Launch - Parking Lot Expansion Project Jackson County
Museum Gulf of Mexico Fish Exhibit, Signage, and Pier Improvements Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

Managed Projects

Project Name Agency
Pressure Wash Bridge City of Biloxi
Hancock County Boat Launch Hancock County
Jackson County Land Purchase Jackson County
Lynn Meadows Repairs Lynn Meadows
GBNERR Operational Match MDMR
Mississippi Sound Hydrological Monitoring MDMR
Lyman Facilities and Aquaculture Operations MDMR
Mississippi Stock Assessment Panel MDMR
Sport Fish Act - Artificial Reef Program MDMR
MDMR Public Affairs Outreach Program MDMR
Sport Fish Restoration Coordination MDMR
Shellfish Sanitation Compliance Program MDMR
MDMR Internship Program MDMR
MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Grant Match MDMR
Mitigation Compliance MDMR
Mississippi Clam Aquaculture MDMR
Civil Air Patrol MDMR
Assessment and Monitoring of Mississippi's Fishery resources USM
Monitoring Mississippi's Marine Resources USM
Implementation of a Dermo and mortality monitoring program USM
Monitoring seagrass distribution and condition at Cat Island, MS USM
Waterproofing Coastal Mississippians YMCA

At this time, blank application packets for FY2021 Tidelands Trust Fund proposals can be requested from the DMR. The deadline for applying for FY2021 Tidelands Trust Fund monies is the close of business at 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2019. For your convenience, you can click the link for application below, save the PDF to your computer, and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You must save the application to your computer to be able to use the "submit" button inside the form.  If you are unable to sign electronically you may print, sign and return the application by postal mail or hand deliver. You may also scan the signed application and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Before applying for Tidelands funding, please read the Request for Tidelands Trust Fund Proposals Announcement.

**For more information on FY2021 Tidelands Funding, watch the       Tidelands Information Session Video Webinar.


FY2021 Tidelands Application | FY2021 Instructions Packet


**The application is a PDF form and is designed to work best with Adobe Acrobat software. You can download the free version from the Adobe website. Please make sure you have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader update. If you experience issues with the form fields or saving progress, please make sure you are using Adobe Acrobat. Most modern browsers will automatically open PDF files within the browser and not in Adobe Acrobat. Browser PDF viewers are not fully compatible with fillable PDF forms.




Request for Proposals May 31, 2019
Deadline for Proposals July 1, 2019
Compliance Review July - August 2019
Merit Review September - October 2019
Approval of Projects November 2019
Projects/Report to Legislature January 2020
FY2021 Appropriations April 2020
Projected Disbursement November - December 2020






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Tidelands Trust Fund History

The Tidelands Trust Fund Program, as administered by the Secretary of State's Office and the Department of Marine Resources, began in 1994, and its mission is to establish state policy balancing the divergent interests of upland private property owners and the general public over the use of public trust tidelands and submerged land of the State of Mississippi.

Applications for Tidelands Trust Funds are accepted by the Department of Marine Resources each year. An in-house compliance review is conducted by the Tidelands Administrator to ensure that all applications are complete and legible. Upon completion of this initial screening, a Merit Review Committee begins its review process. The Merit Review Committee is comprised of DMR Cadre Staff, and various local experts in the marine science field. Their review process follows the 'project selection criteria' as established by the Commission on Marine Resources. Examples of the selection criteria include, but are not limited to, level of anticipated benefits to be gained from project, level of beneficial impact/enhancement, level of need for the project, and compliance with the intent of Mississippi Code § 29-15-9. Upon completion of the Merit Committee's review, recommendations on projects are made to the Commission on Marine Resources. After review by the Commissioners, applications are submitted to the Legislature for appropriation in January. The Legislature has ultimate authority in deciding the appropriation of Tidelands funds. The Department of Marine Resources notifies all recipients of Tidelands funds by mail in May as to the amount of money their projects will receive. Upon receipt of funds from the Secretary of State's Office in December, the Department of Marine Resources disburses the funds as mandated.

Recipients of Tidelands Trust Funds sign a Tidelands Grant Agreement upon receipt of funds and are responsible for meeting the terms of the Grant Agreement. Some of these may include such stipulations as to provide the Department of Marine Resources with semi-annual reports and a final report upon completion of the project, photographs (if applicable), the results of an independent audit, the presence of a prominent, permanent sign that clearly states the origin of the funds, and the necessary permits for construction of projects.

The Tidelands Trust Fund Program is dedicated to the conservation, reclamation, and preservation of Mississippi's tidelands, while also proudly enhancing its current public access areas. The Department of Marine Resources takes great pride in our role of administering the Tidelands Trust Fund in conjunction with the Secretary of State's Office, and welcomes the continued challenge of administering the Tidelands Trust Fund to the best interest of Mississippi's marine resources.

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