The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of nearly $450 million in newly available grant funding for port-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).
The funding is made possible under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will invest $17 billion in ports and waterways.
“We’re proud to announce this funding to help ports improve their infrastructure—to get goods moving more efficiently and help keep costs under control for American families,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “President Biden is leading the largest ever federal investment in modernizing our country’s ports, which will improve our supply chains and the lives of Americans who depend on them.”
According to the Department of Transportation, the grants demonstrate continued action on commitments in the Biden-Harris administration’s Port Action Plan, which aims to strengthen supply chains to meet demand r and help address inflationary pressures. These grants also meet policy recommendations in DOT’s one-year supply chain report, which is set to be released tomorrow.
PIDP grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support projects that will improve the movement of goods to, through and around ports. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law calls upon applicants to explore ways to include projects that will improve goods movement while also strengthening resilience, reducing emissions and advancing environmental justice.
“The historic investments made by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help remove bottlenecks by enabling ports to expand capacity and improve intermodal connections,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley. “The grant funds will also create new jobs across the U.S. maritime industry.”
To provide technical assistance, the Department will host a series of webinars explaining the Port Infrastructure Development Program grant application process. Details and registration information is available here.