Rural Business Development Grants

Applications are currently being accepted for Rural Business Development Grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or…
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America’s Marine Highways Program

January 5, 2018: Federal Register (full link below) America’s Marine Highways Program On May 5, 2017, the President appropriated $5,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development…
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Maritime Administration Develops Instructional Videos

Maritime Administration Develops Instructional Videos The grants team of Maritime Administration found that grant reimbursements were slowed by repetitive errors made by applicants. To address this, they developed three short instructional videos. It is hoped that these videos will serve to expedite reimbursements. While they are contacting existing grantees, and will ensure future awardees are…
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DOT’s INFRA Grants

The Department of Transportation has officially issued a notice of grant opportunity for INFRA Grants. The award ceiling is $1,400,000,000 and the award floor is $5,000,000. Closing date to submit an INFRA Grant application is November 2, 2017. Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are: • a State or group of States; • a metropolitan planning…
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Full Catalog of Programs

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) publishes a Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure each year. The latest edition can be found here.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation offers an applicant toolkit for the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative at the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is the latest effort by the Department and the Trump Administration to improve rural access to federal grant funds. The Toolkit provides user-friendly information and resources to enhance rural applicants’ familiarity with the Department’s discretionary grant programs and the funding process.

https://www.transportation.gov/rural/routes/usdot-discretionary-grant-funding-matrix-0

Federal Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers federal funding assistance for infrastructure projects that may benefit ports. Some of the highlighted grants and timeframes to watch for are:

Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals monitors these funding opportunities through the different federal agencies, federal register and grants.gov. We will alert you through email when funding is available and post it on our website: https://www.irpt.net/funding-opportunities/ .

We encourage you to give thought to your strategic master plan and identify infrastructure projects that may fall within the above categories so when they become available, you are ready to submit your application.

If you wish to monitor the opportunities yourself, you can register to receive alerts by visiting: www.federalregister.gov or www.grants.gov