Application period opens for port, intermodal grant funding

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently opened the application period for $230 million in discretionary grant funding for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

The program awards grants on a competitive basis to support projects that strengthen and modernize port infrastructure and support long-term economic vitality.

States and port authorities can apply, and projects will be reviewed based on certain criteria, including meeting challenges faced by rural areas, reducing barriers to opportunity, advancing racial equity, and addressing climate change and environmental justice impacts.

The minimum grant amount is $1 million, with a federal cost-share not to exceed 80 percent.

“Our nation’s ports are a key part of our critical infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said. “They create jobs and make our economy more resilient and sustainable. This funding will build upon local investments in infrastructure to deliver long-term economic benefits to American workers and communities, while also addressing climate and equity.”

The application deadline is July 30.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 made $230 million available for PIDP.

Twelve percent of grant applicants over the past two years included the anticipated development of wind energy facilities and the movement of wind energy components.