21 Jan Tidelands Trust Fund
Program Name: Tidelands Trust Fund
Resource Type: State
State: Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico
Agency: Program Source: Grant
Description: The Mississippi Secretary of State administers the Public Trust Tidelands Fund, which receives money from leases of tidelands and submerged lands. Money from the fund is distributed to the Department of Marine Resources “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.” Miss. Code § 29-15-9(2). Coastal communities may compete for these funds, which could be used to finance working waterfront projects. Among the criteria for receipt of funds is enhancement of public access.