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Federal Opportunities

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The bill includes funds to improve infrastructure at ports and waterways. Major programs and funding, over five years, include:

  1. The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIPD): $2.25 billion
  2. America’s Marine Highway Program (MHP): $25 million
  3. Reduction of Truck Emissions at Ports (new): $250 million

The bill provides $22.1 billion over five years to fund certain programs for which ports are eligible to apply. This includes:

  1. Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Grants (RAISE): $12.5 billion
  2. Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grants (INFRA): $3.2 billion
  3. National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program/Megaprojects (new): $5 billion
  4. Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation Grants (PROTECT) Grants (new): $1.4 billion

The American Association of Port Authorities presentation on the IIJA provides more details related to port-specific funding streams.

For additional information on the IIJA, please contact TxDOT’s Federal Affairs Section.

Port Infrastructure Development Grant

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

Funding Amount: $450 million (2022 funding cycle)

Funding Consistency: Annual

Open Application Period: Applications for the 2022 funding cycle are due May 16, 2022.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: https://www.maritime.dot.gov/sites/marad.dot.gov/files/2022-02/2022%20PIDP%20NOFO%20FINAL.pdf

Website: https://www.maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants

The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) is a discretionary grant program administered by the U.S. Maritime Administration. Funds for the PIDP are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port.

To provide technical assistance, TxDOT will host a series of webinars explaining the Port Infrastructure Development Program grant application process. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available.

The deadline to submit an application for the Port Infrastructure Development Program is May 16, 2022.  For more information, please visit https://www.maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants or email us.

America's Marine Highway Program

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

Funding Amount: Variable

Funding Consistency: Unknown

Open Application Period: Applications are due by 5:00pm EDT on April 29, 2022

Notice of Funding Opportunity: https://www.maritime.dot.gov/grants/marine-highways/notice-funding-opportunity-america%E2%80%99s-marine-highway-projects

Website: https://maritime.dot.gov/grants/marine-highways/marine-highway

The purpose of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels or port and landside infrastructure. The Department also seeks eligible grant projects that will strengthen American supply chains. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under the AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designates before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described in this notice.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically using Grants.gov. Please be aware that you must complete the Grants.gov registration process before submitting your application and that the registration process usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to complete. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make submissions in advance of the deadline.
Port Security Grants

Funding Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Funding Amount: $100 million annually

Funding Consistency: Annual

Open Application Period: Open. Applications for the 2021 funding cycle are due May 14, 2021.

Website: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/port-security

Port Security Grants provide funding to state, local and private-sector partners to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Infrastructure for Rebuilding American (INFRA) Grants

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Funding Amount: Variable

Funding Consistency: Unknown

Open Application Period: Closed. Applications for the 2021 funding cycle were due March 19, 2021.

Website: https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/infra-grants/infrastructure-rebuilding-america

The INFRA program provides federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance.

INFRA discretionary grants create opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the processes for building significant projects and increasing accountability for the projects that are built. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA discretionary grant program aims to increase the total investment by state, local and private partners.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Funding Amount: $1 Billion available for all RAISE grants; individual project awards vary

Funding Consistency: Annual

Open Application Period: Applications for the 2021 funding cycle are due July 12, 2021.

Website: https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/about

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $8.9 billion for twelve rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

In each competition, DOT receives hundreds of applications to build and repair critical pieces of our freight and passenger transportation networks. The RAISE program enables DOT to examine these projects on their merits to help ensure that taxpayers are getting the highest value for every dollar invested.

The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors at the state and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs. RAISE can fund port and freight rail projects, for example, which play a critical role in our ability to move freight, but have limited sources of federal funds. RAISE can provide capital funding directly to any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, MPOs, or others in contrast to traditional federal programs which provide funding to very specific groups of applicants (mostly state DOTs and transit agencies). This flexibility allows RAISE and our traditional partners at the state and local levels to work directly with a host of entities that own, operate, and maintain much of our transportation infrastructure, but otherwise cannot turn to the federal government for support.

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