MARAD to award $662M for port infrastructure

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently opened the application period for the Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). More than $662 million will be awarded.

PIDP grants support projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports.

Eligible applicants include counties, indigenous nations, local governments, port authorities, states, and other eligible entities that complete port and port-related infrastructure projects.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and MARAD will consider how projects address climate change and sustainability, equity, and workforce development objectives.

“This funding will support efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve port and related freight infrastructure to meet the nation’s freight transportation needs and ensure our port infrastructure can support future growth,” Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips said. “The program also includes a statutory set-aside for small ports to continue to improve and expand their capacity to move freight reliably and efficiently, support local and regional economies, and support supply chain improvement.”

MARAD will host a series of webinars describing requirements and the application process. Recordings of the webinars will be posted on the agency’s website.

The application deadline is April 28.