Several programs are available for infrastructure (even without the massive infrastructure package talked about in D.C.)
- Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI):
Notices of funding through CRISI are typically announced between February and April of each year. This program leverages private, state and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads.
- America’s Marine Highway Projects:
Notices are typically announced through Maritime Administration between February and April of each year. The purpose of this program 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. To obtain a designated project, an open call for projects has been issued through 2022 so you can apply for a project designation at any time.
- Port Security Grants:
Funding availability is typically announced between January and March of each year. The port security grant program provides funds to state, territorial, local, and private sector partners to support increased port-wide risk management and protect critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism.
- Port Infrastructure Development Program Discretionary Grants (PIDP):
This is a new funding program as of 2019, availability of funds announced in February. PIDP makes grants to improve facilities within, connecting to, out of, or around coastal seaports, inland river ports and Great Lakes ports for projects that will improve the safety, efficiency or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around or within a port. In 2021 however, there is a set-aside of funds specifically for inland ports.
- Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD):
BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
- Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program (INFRA):
Notice of funding opportunity is typically January. The INFRA program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. INFRA program allows both large ($25 million) and small projects ($5 million). Ninety percent (90%) of total funding allocation will be reserved for large projects and ten percent (10%) will be reserved for small projects. Further, The FAST Act directs that at least 25 percent of the funds provided for INFRA grants must be used for projects located in rural areas.
IRPT monitors these funding opportunities through the different federal agencies, federal register and alerts our members through email when funding is available. We encourage each member to give thought to their strategic master plan and identify infrastructure projects that may fall within these funding categories so when they become available, you are ready to submit your application.
Of course, you can monitor all of these alerts and resources alone, or, you can join IRPT today!