Notice of Funding Opportunity – Port Infrastructure Development Program

Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) - Notice of Funding Opportunity

This notice solicits applications for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants. Funds for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 PIDP grant program will be awarded on a competitive basis to make grants for projects for coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports. This notice announces the availability of $450 million in funding for grants under this program and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. All PIDP grant recipients must meet all applicable Federal requirements, including domestic content requirements.

DATES: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. on May 16, 2022.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act appropriated $450 million to the PIDP for FY 2022 to make discretionary grants for eligible PIDP projects. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) solicits applications for projects to be funded under the PIDP grant program.

Key Considerations and Quick Facts

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)

  • Applications due May 16, 2022
  • Total funding available: $450 million
  • 80 % federal / 20% local cost share
  • No more than 25% of funds ($112.5 million) can be awarded to one state (for large and small projects)
  • $112.5 million set aside for small projects at small ports
    • No more than $11.25 million can be awarded to any small project
    • Cost Benefit Analysis not required for small projects
    • Federal cost share may be increased (at the discretion of the Secretary) for
      • Small projects at small ports
      • Projects located in rural areas
  • No minimum award size
  • New to 2022 program:
    • 25% of funds set aside for small projects at small ports (compared to 18% in 2021)
    • Port Resilience: This eligibility emphasizes the importance of a port community’s ability to prepare for, withstand, and recover from a broad range of external influences that have the potential to delay or disrupt port operations and therefore adversely impact our nation’s supply chains. This eligibility also includes projects that improve port resiliency by addressing climate-related hazards such as sea-level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, earthquakes, and tsunami inundation.

There are 5 key objectives “designed to maximize the value of 2022 funds”, to which DOT seeks projects that support:

  1. Improve safety, efficiency, or reliability of the loading and unloading of goods, the movement of goods, operation improvements (including projects to improve port resilience), or environmental and emissions mitigation measures;
  2. Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional levels;
  3. Addressing climate change and environmental justice impacts;
  4. Advancing equity and opportunity for all;
  5. Leveraging Federal funding to attract non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment.

In the three previous years that the program has made PIDP awards, these discretionary grant awards have supported projects that improve facilities within, or outside of and directly related to operations of or an intermodal connection to, coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports consistent with DOT’s strategic goals.


American ports are cornerstones of the U.S. economy, supporting 30 million jobs and 26% of our economic output. However, a lack of investment in port infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic have strained ports’ capacity and jeopardized global supply chains. Over the past year, American ports stepped up to provide record throughput as our economy recovered. But going forward, there is an urgent need to invest in American ports to strengthen our supply chains, reduce prices and inflationary pressure, improve resilience, and help ensure we make goods here in America and export them to the world, rather than shipping jobs and production overseas.