• Granting Agency: Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
  • Appropriation Amount: $662,203,512
  • Grant Amount: $1,000,000 to $112,500,000 (0% – 20% match)
  • Announcement Date: December 30, 2022
  • Closing Date: April 28, 2023

MARAD’s PIDP Program Website
2023 PIDP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Purpose: The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) is a port and intermodal improvement program to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports. Funds for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 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 ~$662 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 Buy American requirements.

The PIDP has had its annual appropriation nearly doubled through FY26 via the BIL.

Eligible Expenditures:

Eligible projects for FY 2023 PIDP grants shall be located either within the boundary of a port, or outside the boundary of a port and directly related to port operations or to an intermodal connection to a port. Grants may be made for capital projects that will be used to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of:

  1. The loading and unloading of goods at the port, such as for marine terminal equipment;
  2. The movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port, such as for highway or rail infrastructure, intermodal facilities, freight intelligent transportation systems, and digital infrastructure systems;
  3. Operational improvements, including projects to improve port resilience; or
  4. Environmental and emissions mitigation measures; including projects for —
    1. (aa) port electrification or electrification master planning
    2. (bb) harbor craft or equipment replacements or retrofits;
    3. (cc) development of port or terminal microgrids;
    4. (dd) provision of idling reduction infrastructure;
    5. (ee) purchase of cargo handling equipment and related infrastructure;
    6. (ff) worker training to support electrification technology;
    7. (gg) installation of port bunkering facilities from ocean-going vessels for fuels;
    8. (hh) electric vehicle charging or hydrogen refueling infrastructure for drayage and medium or heavy duty trucks and locomotives that service the port and related grid upgrades; or
    9. (ii) other related port activities, including charging infrastructure, electric rubber-tired gantry cranes, and anti-idling technologies.

 

Eligible Applicants:

  • A port authority or a commission or its subdivision or agent under an existing authority
  • A State or political subdivision of a State or local government
  • An Indian Tribe
  • A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States
  • A special purpose district with a transportation function
  • A multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities
  • A lead entity described above jointly with a private entity or group of private entities (including the owners or operators of a facility, or collection of facilities, at a port)

A number of webinars, were held in 2022 to help applicants learn about the program, these are largely still applicable. For further information contact program staff at PIDPgrants@dot.gov.