- Granting Agency: Maritime Administration
- Appropriation Amount: $12,4234,000
- Grant Amount: Varies
- Announcement Date: February 28, 2023
- Closing Date: April 28, 2023
The USMHP makes grants to implement Projects or components of Projects that 1) provide a coordinated and capable alternative to landside transportation; mitigate or relieve landside congestion; promote marine highway transportation; or use vessels documented under 46 U.S.C. chapter 121; and 2) develop, expand, or promote marine highway transportation.
An eligible applicant for a FY 2023 USMHP grant is: a State, a political subdivision of a State or a local government; a United States metropolitan planning organization; a United States port authority; a Tribal government (as defined in Section A.3. of the notice); or a United States
private sector operator of marine highway projects or private sector owners of facilities, including an Alaska Native Corporation, with an endorsement letter from the current Marine Highway Route Sponsor. Private sector applicants, including Alaska Native Corporations, should refer to Section D.2.b. for more information on documenting the required route sponsor endorsement and Section D.2.e. on additional application information necessary when submitting an application under this notice. Federal agencies are not eligible applicants for the FY 2023 USMHP.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to develop coalitions and public/private partnerships, which might include vessel owners and operators; third-party logistics providers; trucking companies; shippers; railroads; port authorities; state, regional, and local transportation planners; environmental organizations; impacted communities; or any combination of entities working in collaboration on a single grant application. All successful grant applicants, whether they are public or private entities, must comply with all Federal requirements.
Eligible projects for FY 2023 USMHP grants are Marine Highway Transportation Projects or components of Projects that:
1) provide a coordinated and capable alternative to landside transportation; mitigate or relieve landside congestion; promote marine highway transportation; or use vessels documented under Chapter 121; and
2) develop, expand, or promote marine highway transportation.
Development phase activities—such as planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting environmental review, permitting, preliminary engineering and design work, development of master plans, and other preconstruction work—of eligible USMHP Projects described above in this Section C.3.a. may be eligible projects as long as they satisfy all other eligibility requirements and merit criteria described in this notice.