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Ports Initiative

Funding Opportunities for Ports and Near-Port Communities

Many agencies provide grants, cooperative agreements, and cost-shares to aid ports and near-port communities to improve port environmental performance and the health of people who work and live near ports. Many funding opportunities are listed below; however, this is not an all-inclusive list as there may be other federal, state, regional or local funding opportunities that are not listed.  These opportunities have various purposes, but all can be used to assist port facilities or nearby communities to reduce emissions and improve the environment while increasing efficiency.

NOTES:
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  • This table will be updated regularly and includes current and recent funding opportunities where deadlines may have passed.
 
 
Funding Source Program Name Funding Type1 and Amount Deadline Purpose Who is Eligible How to Apply & Selection Criteria
Federal (Department of Energy)
FY17 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
Cooperative Agreement
 
Total FY17 Funding: $19.7 Million
Average Individual Award $1-5 Million
Deadline passed for FY17.

This program funds the use of alternative fuels and “smart” mobility systems to reduce petroleum consumption and improve energy efficiency.

  • Individuals,
  • Domestic/foreign entities,
  • Incorporated and unincorporated Consortia
To apply, see:
Selection Criteria:

Applications are evaluated on how well the project aligns with program objectives, the project’s impact on the market and on reductions in emissions and fuel consumption, the reasonability of the project, and the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

Federal (Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration: MARAD) Federal Ship Financing Program (Title XI)

Loan

Guarantees up to 87.5 percent of the actual cost of certain classes of vessels.

  To provide for a full faith and credit guarantee by the United States Government to promote the growth and modernization of the U.S. merchant marine and U.S. shipyards. The Federal Ship Financing Program (commonly referred to as “Title XI”) promotes U.S. Merchant Marine fleet and U.S. shipyard growth and modernization. Through long term debt repayment guarantees, the Program encourages U.S. shipowners to obtain new vessels from U. S. shipyards cost effectively. It also assists U.S. shipyards with modernizing their facilities for building and repairing vessels.
  • An individual, corporation, partnership, or other business formation that is U.S. organized, domiciled and recognized as a U.S. citizen (except for export transactions)
  • Vessels generally include commercial vessels such as ferries, bulk, container, cargo, tankers, tugs, towboats, barges, dredges, oceanographic research, floating power barges, offshore oil rigs and support vessels, and floating drydocks
  • See loan program webpage for more eligibility requirements
To apply for vessels and shipyards, go to:
Selection Criteria:

Projects must meet financial, economic soundness, technical acceptance, legal and regulatory compliance, and insurance requirements as explained on the U.S. DOT's Project Requirements webpage.

Federal (Department of Commerce/ Economic Development Administration)

Planning Program & Local Technical Assistance Program

Grant

Award Ceiling: $300,000

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

This program helps build capacity, guide economic prosperity and resiliency, and create and retain high-quality jobs.

  • Institutions of higher education, 
  • Federally-recognized Tribal governments,
  • State/local governments,
  • Nonprofit institutions
To apply:
Selection criteria:

Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, how well the project aligns with at least one investment priority (e.g. promoting economic prosperity by enhancing environmental quality and developing/implementing green products, processes, places, and buildings) and includes projects that encourage innovations in energy-efficient technologies, clean energy and alternative fuel technologies as well as  promoting job creation/private investment and business expansion.

Federal (Department of Commerce/ Economic Development Administration)

FY18 Economic Development Assistance Programs/Public Works Program

Grant

Individual Awards: $100,000-$3 Million

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

This program helps distressed communities build, design, or construct infrastructure and facilities to advance bottom-up economic development goals.

  • Institutions of higher education,
  • Tribal governments,
  • State/local governments,
  • Nonprofit institutions
To apply:
Selection Criteria:

Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, how well the project aligns with a current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or Economic Development Administration (EDA) priority (e.g. promoting job creation and economic prosperity through enhancing environmental quality and developing and implementing green products, processes, places, and buildings as part of the green economy) and the project’s ability to create or retain long-term high-quality jobs. 

Federal (Department of Transportation) Private Activity Bonds (PABs)

Bond

Total Funding: $15 Billion

  PABs provide debt financing for private projects that are developed for a public purpose.
  • Private developers
  • Public sector entities in advance of the selection of a private developer

To apply, see the Private Activity Bonds web page.

Selection Criteria:  Projects must receive federal assistance under Title 23 (or, in some cases, under Title 49).
Federal (Department of Transportation) Metropolitan Planning Program through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Apportionment

Total FY17 Funding: $336 Million
Total FY18 Funding: $343 Million

  These funds are used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for multimodal transportation planning and programming.
  • State/relevant public transportation advisors
To apply, see:

Selection Criteria:  Applications must identify how the metropolitan area will manage and operate a multi-modal transportation system to meet the region’s economic, transportation, development, and sustainability goals for a 20+ year planning horizon, while remaining fiscally constrained.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program through Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
Apportionment
 
Estimated Total FY17 Funding: $2.360 Billion


Estimated Total FY18 Funding: $2.406 Billion

  This program funds cost-effective reduction of congestion, ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter emissions in non-attainment/maintenance areas.
  • State and local governments

To apply, see the FAST Act CMAQ factsheet. Funding is allocated to states under the FAST Act.  Projects are selected by the state or Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Selection Criteria:  Projects are evaluated on how well they reduce congestion and/or improve air quality in maintenance or nonattainment areas for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTDP) through Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
Grant
 
Total Funding FY17-FY20: $60 Million per FY     

    
Individual Award Ceiling: $12 Million
Expected Number of Awards: 5-10

Deadline passed for FY17. This program funds the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure.
  • State and local governments,
  • Transit agencies,
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) representing a population of more than 200,000,
  • Consortia of research or academic institutions

To apply, see the ATCMTDP factsheet.

Selection Criteria:  Projects must, amongst other criteria, reduce costs and improve return on investments, deliver environmental benefits that alleviate congestion and streamline traffic flow, provide for more efficient and accessible transportation, monitor transportation assets to improve infrastructure management, and/or accelerate the deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and other technologies.

Federal (Department of Transportation) National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
Apportionment
 
Estimated Total FY17 Funding: $1.091 Billion

Estimated Total FY18 Funding: $1.119 Billion
  This program funds investments in infrastructure and operational improvements that strengthen economic competitiveness, reduce congestion, reduce the cost and environmental impacts of freight transportation, improve reliability and safety, and increase productivity.
  • States

To apply, see the NHFP webpage.

Selection Criteria:  Applications are evaluated on their economic, mobility, safety, community, and environmental outcomes, their partnerships and innovation, and the project’s cost share.

Federal (Department of Transportation) National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

Apportionment

Estimated Total FY17 Funding: $22.828 Billion

Estimated Total FY18 Funding: $23.262 Billion

  This program funds the improvement and construction of new facilities on the National Highway System (NHS) to help states achieve their Asset Management Plan performance targets.
  • State Departments of Transportation

To apply, see the NHPP factsheet. Funds are allocated to states under the FAST Act, who then select projects.

Selection Criteria:  Projects must support progress toward the achievement of national performance goals for improving infrastructure condition, safety, congestion reduction, system reliability, or freight movement on the NHS.  Eligible projects include environmental restoration, pollution abatement, and environmental mitigation efforts. The project or activity must be associated with an NHS facility.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Assistance (TIFIA)

Loan

Total FY17 Funding: $275 Million


Total FY18 Funding: $285 Million

  The TIFIA loan program provides federal credit assistance to nationally/regionally significant surface transportation projects including highway, transit and rail, with some applicability to port intermodal projects.
  • States (including D.C. and Puerto Rico),
  • Localities,
  • Other public authorities or private entities undertaking projects sponsored by public authorities

To apply, go to the TIFIA webpage.

Selection Criteria:  Applications are evaluated on the applicant’s creditworthiness and ability to foster partnerships that attract public and private investments. Projects that have been successful in gaining TIFIA assistance have generally exhibited strengths including the extent to which the project helps maintain or protect the environment.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program (previously Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE))
Grant
 
Total FY17 Funding: $850 Million


Total FY18 Funding: $900 Million

Individual Awards must be at least $5 Million for a small grant and at least $25 Million for a large grant

Deadline passed for FY17/18. This program provides assistance to highway and freight projects of national/regional significance.
  • State/Tribal/local governments,
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs),
  • Special purpose districts,
  • Public authorities with transportation functions (including port authorities),
  • Federal land management agencies that apply with a state

To apply, see the application directions and  funding notice.

Selection Criteria:  Applications are evaluated on their support for national or regional economic vitality, ability to leverage federal funding, and potential for innovation. Environmental mitigation is an explicitly eligible project. See Section E of the funding notice for more detail.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program (previously the Surface Transportation Program)
Grant
 

Estimated Total FY17 Funding: $11.4 Billion

Estimated Total FY18 Funding: $11.7 Billion

  This grant provides flexible funding to preserve and improve the condition and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridges on any public road, and transit capital projects.
  • States
To apply, see:

Selection Criteria:  States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have their own critera. 

Environmental projects (among many other project types) can include environmental mitigation of habitats and wetlands, environmental restoration and pollution abatement to mitigate the impacts of transportation projects, and control of noxious weeds and aquatic noxious weeds, and transportation control measures related the criterial pollutants and their precursors projects outlined in Section 108 (f)(1)(A) of the Clean Air Act. 

This program also funds surface transportation infrastructure modifications to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, and access into and out of a port terminal.

Federal-aid projects under STBG for activities to plan, design, and construct highways to adapt to current and future climate change and extreme weather events are eligible for funding.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Finance (RRIF)

Loan

Total Funding: Up to $35 Billion, $7 Billion is reserved for non‐Class I freight railroads

Deadline passed. This funding is used to acquire, improve, or rehabilitate intermodal facilities, refinance outstanding debt incurred for the purposes listed above, and develop new intermodal facilities.
  • Railroads,
  • State and local governments,
  • Government‐sponsored authorities and corporations,
  • Joint ventures with at least one railroad,
  • Limited option freight shippers who intend to construct a new rail connection

To apply, see the RRIF website.

Selection Criteria:  Priority is given to projects that provide public benefits, including benefits to public safety, the environment, and economic development.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $58.2 Million

  This program provides competitive funding for projects that support passenger ferry systems in urbanized areas. 
  • Departments/agencies of the government,
  • State and local governments,
  • Public transportation providers,
  • Private or nonprofit organizations

To apply, contact Vanessa Williams at (202) 366–4818.  More information can be found at the Passenger Ferry Grant Program website.

Selection Criteria:  Projects are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals and related infrastructure, the benefits to riders, and the connectivity to other modes of transportation.

Federal (Department of Transportation/ Maritime Administration) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program

Grant

Project Dependent

  META funds efforts to control aquatic invasive species transported by vessels and reduce vessel and port air emissions.
Project dependent, but eligible applicants typically include:
  • Industry,
  • Academia,
  • NonProfit Organizations/Non-Governmental Organizations (NPO/NGOs)

To apply, see the META website. Maritime Administration (MARAD) posts competitive requests on Grants.gov periodically.  These requests are generally open for a 30-day period.

Selection Criteria:  Project Dependent

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) Pollution Prevention Grant Program

Grant

Total FY18-FY19 Funding: $9.38 Million
Individual Award Amount: $40,000-$500,000 per (about 40 grants annually)

Deadline passed for FY18/19. This program funds grants/cooperative agreements that implement pollution prevention technical assistance services and/or training and support projects that reduce and/or eliminate pollution.
  • States,
  • D.C.,
  • Any territory or possession of the U.S.,
  • Any agency or instrumentality of a state (including state colleges/universities),
  • Federally-recognized tribes that meet the requirements for treatment in a manner similar to a state or intertribal consortia

To apply, see the Pollution Prevention Grants webpage.

Selection Criteria:  Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, the project’s environmental/human health concerns.  Projects must also make specific technical assistance available to businesses seeking information about source reduction opportunities (specifically, businesses for whom lack of information is an impediment to source reduction) and must provide training in source reduction techniques.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program

Grant

Total FY18 Funding: $40 Million

Deadline January 4, 2019. This program assists local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies develop plans, conduct demonstrations, and implement projects to reduce air pollution in ozone and PM2.5 nonattainment areas.
  • Air pollution control agencies that:
    • have responsibilities for development and/or implementation of a State/Tribal Implementaiton Plan to attain/maintain National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone or particulate matter, 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), and
    • have an active air program grant to carry out those responsibilities.
To apply, see the Targeted Air Shed Grant Program website.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on the applicant’s programmatic capability and past performance and the project’s strategy, environmental/human health concerns, environmental results/measurements, and environmental justice impacts.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program

Grant

Total FY18-FY19 Funding: $2 Million
Individual Awards: About 40 issued annually with $40,000 - $500,000 per award for 2 year funding

Deadline passed for FY18/19. SRA grants support pollution prevention through source reduction and resource conservation work. 
  • States,
  • D.C.,
  • Any territory or possession of the U.S.,
  • Local governments,
  • School districts,
  • Institutions of higher education,
  • Nonprofit organizations,
  • Community-based grassroots organizations,
  • Federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia

To apply, see the Pollution Prevention Grants webpage.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, the project’s environmental/human health concerns, environmental results/measurements, partnerships, transferability, timeline, and budget. Proposals must carry out project activities using surveys, studies, research, investigation, experimentation, education, training and/or demonstrations.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; National Grants

Grant

Expected FY18 Funding: $40 Million

Deadline passed for FY18. DERA aims to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions through verified retrofit technologies; engine and vehicle replacements; idling reduction technologies; shorepower; and electrified parking spaces, to accelerate fleet turnover to cleaner next generation technologies.
  • Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies/consortia
  • Port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
  • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or education services to people or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets and promote transportation or air quality as its principal purpose

To apply, see the DERA website. Note, many states also have a DERA program. Check with your state Departments of Environmental Protection to see if they have funding available.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, whether the project is located in an Ozone or PM2.5 nonattainment or maintenance area, the economic sector served by the project (special consideration given to projects located at service/good movement facilities), how the community will benefit from the proposed project, the efforts/plans of applicants to engage with affected communities regarding project design/performance, project sustainability, and the project’s environmental results.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; Tribal Grants

Grant

Expected FY18 Funding: $2 Million

Deadline passed for FY18. DERA aims to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions through verified retrofit technologies; engine and vehicle replacements; idling reduction technologies; shorepower; and electrified parking spaces, to accelerate fleet turnover to cleaner next generation technologies.
  • Tribal agencies,
  • Intertribal consortia,
  • Alaska Native Villages with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality

To apply, go to the Clean Diesel Tribal Grants webpage.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, whether the project is located in an Ozone or PM2.5 nonattainment or maintenance area, the economic sector served by the project (special consideration given to projects located at service/good movement facilities), how the community will benefit from the proposed project, the efforts/plans of applicants to engage with affected communities regarding project design/performance, project sustainability, and the project’s environmental results.

Federal (Department of Transportation) Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants

Grant

Total Funding FY18: $1.5 Billion

Maximum Award: $25 Million

Deadline Passed for FY18. This program replaces the TIGER grant program.  It funds surface transportation projects that improve safety, maintain infrastructure, benefit the economy, foster livable communities, and advance environmental sustainability.
  • State, local, and tribal governments (including U.S. territories),
  • Transit agencies,
  • Port authorities,
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
To apply, go to the BUILD Grants webpage.
 

Selection Criteria: Priority is given to rural areas and to applications that improve the condition and safety of existing transportation facilities and systems, foster economic competitiveness, and create affordable and convenient transportation choices.

State (California Department of Transportation:  Caltrans) Sustainable Transportation Planning (STP) Grants

Grant

Total FY17/18 Funding: $7.8 Million
Individual Grant Award: $50,000 - $500,000; $1,000,000 for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Deadline passed for FY18. Funds studies of multimodal transportation issues to help achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives. 
  • MPOs
  • Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs)
  • Transit Agencies,
  • Cities and counties,
  • Tribal Governments

To apply, see the Caltrans STP Grant webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, how well the application identifies and addresses mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system (including the mobility needs of environmental justice and disadvantaged communities), involves active public engagement, and integrates Smart Mobility 2010 concepts. 

State (Texas Department of Transportation) State Infrastructure Bank (SIB)

Loan

Total Funding: $240 Million

  SIB aims to accelerate needed mobility improvements including planning, economical and environmental studies, appraisal and testing, utility relocation, engineering and design, and construction.
  • Public or private entities that are authorized by law to construct, maintain, or finance eligible public highway projects

To apply, see the SIB webpage.ExitLoans under $10 Million are first come, first serve.  Program call for loan applications deadline has passed for loans over $10 Million.

Selection Criteria: Projects must be eligible for funding under the existing federal highway rules (Title 23) to comply with SIB requirements. This usually requires a project to be on a state’s highway system and included in the statewide Transportation Improvement Plan.

State (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Community Impact Grants

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $4.75 Million

Deadline passed. These grants provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns.
  • Community-based organizations

To apply, see the Community Impact Grants webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: The program has a particular focus on low-income and minority communities that have historically been burdened by environmental problems.

State (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: DEC) Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention (AISSP) Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $2 Million
Individual Grant Award: $25,000 - $100,000

Deadline passed for FY17. This program supports projects that foster public education and outreach regarding the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Other projects eligible for this grant include the installation of decontamination stations and boat steward training programs in high priority areas.
  • Municipalities,
  • 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations,
  • Academic institutions
  • NOTE: Other groups must apply through a municipality or a nonprofit

To apply, see the AISSP webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a 3-year contract term. DEC will make an effort to distribute grant funds based on the strategic importance of projects and local waterbodies’ vulnerability, the level and type of recreational boating access, and the proximity to major travel corridors colonized by small-bodied and/or high priority AIS.

State (California Department of Transportation:  Caltrans) Environmental Justice and Community Based Transportation Planning Grants

Grant

About $6 million per FY

  These grants promote the involvement of under-represented communities in the planning of transportation and land use planning projects.
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs),
  • Cities and counties,
  • Transit agencies,
  • Tribal governments
  • As sub-applicants:
    • Universities and community colleges,
    • Community-based organizations,
    • Nonprofits

To apply, email C. Edward Philpot, Jr. or call (916) 653-8817.

Selection Criteria: Applications must address transportation and community development issues to prevent or mitigate disproportionate, negative impacts while improving mobility, access, safety, and opportunities for economic development.  Must also include public participation components that address the interests of low-income, minority, Native American, and other under-represented communities.

State (California Air Resources Board) Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Program (GMERP)

Grant

Total Funding Amount: $1 Billion over multiple years

Application period closed. Funds efforts to reduce air pollution emissions and health risks from freight movement along California’s trade corridors.
  • Funding is distributed to local agencies who then offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies

To apply, see the Goods Movement Emissions Reduction webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Project funding will be based on meeting GMERP eligibility requirements, project cost-effectiveness, and program fundng availability.

State (Maryland Department of Transportation) Port of Baltimore Dray Truck Replacement

Grant

Individual Award: Up to $30,000

  The program funds the retrofit, repower, or replacement of older vehicles with more emission-efficient engines or technologies.
  • Independent contractors and fleet owners that currently provide drayage truck services to the Port of Baltimore

To apply, see the Dray Truck Replacement webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.  Preference given to trucks registered in the State of Maryland. 

State (Maryland Department of Transportation) Port of Baltimore Cargo Handling Replacement

Rebate

Cost-share dependent on repower or replacement and diesel or all-electric 

  The program funds the retrofit, repower, or replacement of older equipment with more emission-efficient engines or technologies.
  • Equipment owners servicing the Port of Baltimore

To apply, see the Cargo Handling Replacement webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Maryland Department of Transportation) Port of Baltimore Locomotive Retrofit Program

Grant

40 percent of the cost to purchase and install idle reduction technologies

  The purpose of this program is to reduce air pollution and emissions associated with the transport of goods to and from the Port of Baltimore. 
  • Equipment owners servicing the Port of Baltimore

To apply, see the Locomotive Retrofit webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Missouri Department of Transportation) Freight Enhancement Program

Grant

Total FY19 Funding: $1 Million
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

Deadline passed for FY19. FY20 application period not open yet. This program aims to improve and maintain the high priority freight assets and corridors that are critical to the movement of freight into, out of, within, and through Missouri. 
  • Public entities,
  • Private entities,
  • Not-for-profit entities

To apply, see the Freight Enhancement Program application guide.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on how well they address State Freight Plan performance measures, goals, or strategies, whether their project directly affects more than one mode of freight movement, the amount of additional freight the project will directly allow the facility to handle, the employment impact to the region, and whether it reduces the amount freight will have to travel. 

State (Minnesota Department of Transportation) Minnesota Port Development Assistance Program (MPDAP)

Grant

FY18 Expected Funding: $5.3 Million

Deadline passed for FY18. Program assistance is used to upgrade facilities and infrastructure, as well as to rehabilitate and expand port capacity.
  • State’s public port authorities
To apply:

Selection Criteria: Funding can be used for new or expansion dredging to maximize ship draft at dock areas, dock wall construction, building, rehabilitating or retrofitting of new technologies for port structures and facilities, improving road and rail access to port areas, or upgrading plumbing and electrical to meet safety codes.

State (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) Small Business Environmental Loan Program

Loan

Individual Loan Amount: $1,000 - $50,000

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program provides low-interest loans to small businesses for capital equipment purchases that meet or exceed environmental regulations and costs associated with the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.
  • Small business corporations,
  • Sole proprietorships,
  • Partnerships or associations with less than 50 full-time employees, an after-tax profit of less than $500,000, and a net worth of less than $1 million

To apply, see the Environmental Loan Program webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated based on the applicant’s ability to secure and repay the loan and on the project’s expected environmental benefits.

State (Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council) Seaport Economic Council Grants

Grant

2017-2018 Grants: Maximum of $1 Million with matching funds of 20 percent. 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Challenge coastal communities of Massachusetts to grow jobs and economy as well as prepare for the future to confront challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms.
  • Open to the 78 coastal communitites of Massachusetts and other qualified Public entities  

To apply, see the Seaport Economic Council webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Selection based on project vision, partnerships, alignment, and project readiness for grants of five types: innovation, public education, local maritime economic development planning, maritime economic sector strategy, and supportive coastal infrastructure project. 

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: MassDEP) Clean Markets Program Grants

Grant

Total Funding: $275,000

Deadline passed for FY18. This program offers grants to owners of diesel-powered trucks and equipment to buy/ install Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), Electric Transportation Refrigeration Units (eTRUs), and retrofit devices.
  • Owners of diesel-powered trucks and equipment that service and operate at wholesale markets, warehouses and distribution centers

To apply, see the Clean Markets Program webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: MassDEP will give priority to applicants with fleets operating in or close to areas of high population density, elevated incidences of pediatric asthma, and environmental justice.

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: MassDEP) Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP): Workplace Charging

Grant

MassDEP will provide 50 percent of the funding (up to $25,000) for hardware costs.

Funds still available in Central and Western regions. This program provides incentives for the acquisition of Level 1 and Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
  • Massachusetts employers with 15 or more employees in non-residential places of business

To apply, see the MassEVIP webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection) Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP): Fleets

Incentive

Individual Award Amount: Up to $7,500 depending on purchase

All available funds currently committed. This program provides incentives for the acquisition of electric vehicles (EVs) and the installation of Level 2 dual-port charging stations.
  • Municipalities,
  • State agencies,
  • Massachusetts public universities and colleges

To apply, see the MassEVIP Fleets webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program

Loan

Small business loans up to $100,000 to fund 75 percent of the project.

This program is always open. The loan program provides low interest loans to small-businesses in Pennsylvania undertaking projects in Pennsylvania that reduce waste, pollution, or energy use
  • Small businesses in PA with 100 or fewer full time employees

To apply, see the PPAA Loan webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (California Air Resources Board) Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $65.5 Million

Generally awards about $60 million per year.

These grants are issued locally by air districts. Contact your local air district for information on funding availability, project eligibility, applications, and a selection timeline. This program provides grant funding to achieve or purchase cleaner-than-required engines and equipment.
  • Funds are distributed to air districts, who decide which projects to fund

To apply, see the Carl Moyer webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) Multimodal Transportation Fund

Grant

Individual Award Amount: $100,000 to $3,000,000 (can be over $3,000,000
if project will significantly leverage private investment and create jobs)

Deadline passed for FY18/19. This program funds improvements to transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.
  • Municipalities,
  • Councils of governments,
  • Businesses,
  • Nonprofits,
  • Economic Development Organizations,
  • Public Transportation Agencies,
  • Ports/Rail/Freight Entities

To apply, see the Multimodal Transportation Fund webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications will be evaluated on, amongst other criteria, the economic conditions of the region, the benefits to safety, mobility, economic competitiveness, transportation system integration, the technical and financial feasibility of the project, the number and quality of jobs to be created or preserved by the project, the project’s energy efficiency and long-term operational sustainability, and the multimodal nature of the project.

State (Florida Department of Transportation, District 4) Intermodal Development Program (IDP)

Grant

Funding Per Year: Approximately $2 million

Grant application packages are generally available after January of each year. Check with Bob Emerson at (850) 414-4500 as deadlines and procedures can vary from year to year. This program provides assistance for major capital investments in fixed guideway transportation systems; access to seaports or airports; and construction of intermodal, multimodal, or other transportation terminals.
  • Public agencies, including:
    • Counties,
    • Municipalities,
    • Transit agencies,
    • Other government
      entities

To apply, see the IDP factsheet.Exit

Selection Criteria: Regional projects and/or connections between modes will be given a higher priority. 

State (Louisiana Department of Transportation) Port Construction and Development Priority Program

Cooperative Agreement

The program may provide up to 90 percent of the cost of construction.

Submit an application to the Department of Transportation & Development by the 1st of March, June, September or December of each year for funding consideration in the following fiscal year. This program encourages jobs and competitive transportation costs to move cargo, minimizes highway congestion, improves safety, and reduces maintenance costs by providing guidance and funds to build landside infrastructure.
  • Any Louisiana public port authority

To apply, see the Port Priority Program's webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Eligible projects must be shown to be an integral component of any proposed port project.

State (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Grant Program

Grant

Covers up to $250 per Level 1 charging station and up to $5,000 per Level 2 charging station.

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. This program provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations in order to support and encourage employees to purchase and drive electric vehicles to work.
  • Public entities
  • Private entities,
  • For-profit entities,
  • Not-for-profit entities,
  • Educational entities,
  • Governmental entities

To apply, see the Electric Vehicle Program website.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements. NJDEP might limit the amount of reimbursement per employer based on number and location of charging stations.

Port Authority (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: PANYNJ) Clean Vessel Incentive Program

Incentive

Annual Budget: $1.3 Million

Program runs through 12/31/18. This program provides financial incentives to encourage operators of ocean-going vessels to make voluntary engine, fuel and technology enhancements that reduce emissions beyond the regulatory environmental standards.
  • All vessel-operating companies whose vessels call at Qualifying PANYNJ Marine Terminal Facilities

To apply, see the Clean Vessel Incentive webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Projects are evaluated on, amongst other criteria how well they reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, the use of low-sulfur content fuels, the tracking miles sailed and fuel consumed, and the presence of an approved onshore power system (OPS) installed on board.

Port Authority (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) Truck Replacement Program

Grant

Covers up to 50 percent of the cost of a replacement truck or up to $25,000, whichever is less. 

  This program funds the replacement of older drayage trucks with newer, cleaner, Class 8 drayage trucks.
  • Independent owner operators or licensed motor carriers

To apply, see the Truck Replacement Program webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

Port Authority (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) Cargo Handling Equipment Program

Rebate

Covers up to 20 percent of the purchase price or up to $20,000 per unit replaced.

  This program incentivizes the purchase of new cargo handling equipment with Tier IV engines or alternative powered equipment.
  • All Port Authority Marine Terminal Tenants in NJ with off road container cargo handling equipment

To apply, see the Cargo Handling Equipment Program webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Must meet eligibility requirements.

State (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)

Grant

Covers up to 50 percent of implementation costs

Deadline passed for FY18. This program aims to offset the incremental cost of the implementation of existing technologies* that reduce the emission of pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources. *Currently only accepting energy storage project proposals
  • Facility owners

To apply, see the New Technology Implementation grants wepage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Projects are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, their emissions reductions capability, the implementation plan, the compliance history of the applicant and other related facilities, and the extent to which the proposed project would advance NTIG and air quality goals.

State (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program

Grant

Funding will depend upon the amount of revenue received into the TERP account.

Deadline passed. This program provides incentives for activities that will reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) in designated eligible counties.
  •  Individuals,
  • Corporations,
  • Organizations,
  • Governments,
  • Business trusts,
  • Partnerships,
  • Associations,
  • Any other legal entity

To apply, see the ERIG webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Projects are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, their emissions reductions potential and the cost per ton (of NOX reduced).

State (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) Environmental Assistance Loan Program

Loan

Maximum Participatory Loans: $100,000 at zero percent interest.
Maximum Direct Loans: $50,000 at four percent interest or half the prime rate, whichever is greater.

Applications accepted throughout the year. To help fund projects involving green chemistry, pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, and/or source-separated composting.
  • Minnesota-based small to medium-sized businesses
  • Political subdivisions of Minnesota

To apply, see the Environmental Assistance Loan webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on their anticipated outcomes, the likelihood of achieving those outcomes, the assets and resources available to the applicant to conduct the project and to repay the loan, the cost effectiveness of the proposed project, the qualifications of the applicants, the use of innovative technologies, methods, or techniques, applicability of the proposed project, and the future dissemination of project results.

State (Washington Department of Ecology) Washington State Clean Diesel Grants

Grant

FY18 Funding: $500,000

Deadline passed for FY18. This program funds idle reduction for school and non-school bus fleets, engine repowers for port-related fleets, vehicle/equipment replacements for port-related fleets, marine shore power systems, and other port-related projects (on approval).
  • Cities,
  • Counties,
  • Public utility districts/co-ops,
  • Ports,
  • Transit authorities,
  • School districts,
  • State government,
  • Tribes,
  • Nonprofit organizations,
  • Local clean air agencies,
  • Private fleets 

To apply, see the Clean Diesel Grants webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Special consideration is given to projects that reduce exposure to those at higher risk (children, the elderly, and people with existing health problems), areas with the most number of people living or working near the highest concentrations of diesel emissions (like urban areas and near ports), and/or disadvantaged communities that are more likely to be located in unhealthy areas.

Federal (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: USACE) Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)

Cooperative Agreement

Federal Project Limit: $10 million (per sub-authorities within the program)

  The purpose of the CAP is to plan and implement projects of limited size, cost, scope and complexity regarding water resources projects
  • State and local government
  • Tribal officials

To apply, see the USACE webpage. Once the Corps of Engineers determines that the project fits the program, the District can request funds to initiate a planning process to determine federal interest in proceeding with the project.

Selection Criteria: The project must involve at least one CAP authority, such as navigation improvements, removal of obstructions, project modifications for improvement of the environment, or beneficial uses of dredged material.

State (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) Surface Water Grants

Grant

Maximum amount of grant funding is 75 percent of the total project costs, not to exceed $150,000.

Some applications due February 1, some due December 10, and some are accepted year-round. Funds educational programs about the threats posed by aquatic invasive species (AIS) and how to prevent and control them. These grants also help with projects that prevent new introductions, control existing populations, and restore habitat. There are also lake conservation grants under this program.
  • Local governmental units,
  • Federally-recognized tribal governing body,
  • Public Inland Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Districts,
  • Town sanitary districts,
  • Lake associations,
  • River management organizations,
  • School districts,
  • Private and public universities,
  • Nonprofit organizations,
  • State and federal natural resource agencies,
  • Licensed hydroelectric corporations

To apply, see the Surface Water Grants webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on, amongst other criteria, the degree to which the project will prevent the spread of AIS, the degree to which the project protects or improves the aquatic ecosystem’s diversity, function, and/or ecological stability, the extent of an AIS population in the waterbody, the availability of public access to the waterbody, and the level of community support and commitment.

State (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

Grant

Provides up to $200,000 per year to each state. Projects are competitively ranked within the state.

Deadline passed. The purpose of BIG is to construct, renovate, and maintain boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long.
  • Public and private agencies,
  • Marinas and other facilities that provide transient tie-up (15 days or less) opportunities for large recreational boats 26 feet or more in length

To apply, see the Boating Infrastructure Grant webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Projects will be evaluated on their need, cost effectiveness, and innovation.

Federal (Department of Defense/ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Grant

No Funding Level

Applications due January 31, 2019 or until superseded. This program funds research related to the Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) mission (e.g., research on dredging, coastal engineering, oceanography, vehicle mobility, aquatic plants, water quality, infrastructure and environmental issues, energy, facilities maintenance, environmental processes, and ecological processes). 
  • Public entities (excluding U. S. Government facilities and organizations),
  • Nonprofits,
  • Educational institutions
  • NOTE: Proposals to provide research support to any of the research areas listed in this BAA are encouraged from students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs)
To apply:

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on the overall scientific and/or technical merits of the proposal, the potential contributions of the effort to the ERDC mission (e.g. research on dredging, infrastructure and environmental issues, and water quality), the qualifications, capabilities, and experiences of the proposed applicants, the realism of proposed costs, and the availability of funds.

Federal (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Coastal Resilience Grants

Grant

Total FY18 Funding: $15 Million

Funding per project: $75,000 - $2 Million

Deadline passed for FY18. This grant funds projects tat prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards.
  • Institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments
  • Applicants must conduct projects in coastal areas

To apply, see the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants webpage.

Selection Criteria: Applications are evaluated on how well the proposed project maximizes community resilience to extreme weather, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions, decreases the vulnerability of communities (e.g.,  physical and socioeconomic vulnerability), and restores sustainable, resilient ecosystems that create healthy habitats for NOAA Listed Species and/or NOAA Managed Species or fish native to the Great Lakes.

Private/Nonprofit (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) Thriving Communities Grant 5

Grant

Total Funding Amount: Up to $10 Million

Projects of any size considered.

Letter of Intent (required) deadline passed.

Full proposal due December 5, 2018.

This grant funds projects that increase our understanding of how community attributes and systems interact and influence a community’s ability to adapt and projects that provide actionable information and strategies for implementing policies and practices that increase community resilience.

  • All U.S. organizations, excluding federal agencies, on behalf of qualified individuals

To apply, see the Thriving Communities Grant webpage.Exit 

Selection Criteria:  Projects should address multiple stressors and focus on connections between environmental, social, and economic systems. Projects should also involve and benefit residents of the Gulf coast affected by stressors linked to climate change, severe weather, or chronic impacts of environmental degradation.  Other criteria include integrative and interdisciplinary teams and community involvement.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency Healthy Communities Grant Program

Grant

Total FY18 Funding Amount: $250,000

Maximum Award Amount: $25,000

Deadline passed for FY18.

This grant funds projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks
  • Increase collaboration through community-based projects
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits
  • Advance emergency preparedness and resilience
  • Communities in EPA Region 1

To apply, see the EPA's Healthy Communities Grant Program Website.

Selection Criteria: Projects are evaluated by how well they address Target Investment Areas (community resilience, environmental justice, sensitive populations) and by how well they represent and/or are involved in the community.

State (Texas State Energy Conservation Office) LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program

Loan

Maximum Loan Size: $8 Million (per application)

Loan Interest Rate: 2 percent annually (1 percent for ARRA funds)

Applications reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  Enrollment period closed. This program helps finance energy-related, cost-reduction retrofits of facilities supported by the state, public school districts, public colleges and universities, and public hospital taxing districts.
  • State agencies, commissions, boards, offices, institutions, facilites, and other state entities
  • Public junior college or community college and institutions of higher education
  • A unit of local government including a county, city, or town and political subdivisions of the State of Texas
  • Public or nonprofit hospital or health care facilities
  • Public school districts (excluding charter schools)
  • The public institutions must own and occupy the facilities where the proposed retrofit projects will occur.

To apply, see the LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program Webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must satisfy eligibility requirements.  Renewable energy projects are strongly encouraged if feasible.

Private Commercial - Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

Loan

PACE pays for 100% of a project’s costs. Borrowers repay for up to 20 years with an assessment added to the property’s tax bill.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program offers long-term private financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades to businesses.
  • Must be in a state (or D.C.) with C-PACE enabling legislation
  • Eligibility depends on the authorizing legislation and may include industrial, commerical, agricultural, and nonprofit or religious properties

To apply, see the PACENation website.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Projects must  save energy, produce renewable energy, and/or conserve water.

Nonprofit (Propane Council of Texas) Propane Vehicle Incentives

Maximum Amount Awarded: Up to $7,500 per propane vehicle
or conversion to propane with a $20,000 lifetime cap per fleet

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

This program offers incentives to buy a new factory-direct LPG engine, and/or an EPA or CARB certified after-market conversion to propane kit. Incentives will be available for the incremental cost between gas/diesel vehicles and a LPG vehicle.

  • Private fleets (excluding propane companies)
  • Local government fleets
  • State fleets
  • Law enforcement
  • School White Fleet​
  • Nonprofit fleet

To apply, see the ProCOT Fleet Incentives website.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Local and State, Nonprofit/Private (Houston-Galveston Area Council, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund and Port of Houston Authority)

Drayage Loan Program

Grant and Loan Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program offers grants to replace older diesel drayage trucks with newer, cleaner engines. Loans are also offered to help pay the remaining cost.
  • Applicant must own a Class 8a or 8b (GVWR 33,001 lbs or greater) diesel truck and conduct port-related drayage business in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller counties)

To apply, see the Drayage Loan Program website.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

State (California Air Resources Board) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)

Incentive

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program encourages the deployment of hybrid and/or zero-emission trucks and buses as well as vehicles using engines that meet the optional low NOx standards.
  • Fleets with 10 or fewer vehicles

To apply, see the HVIP webpage. Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

State (California Energy Commission) Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP)

Incentive

No funds available for reservations.  Waitlist applications are being accepted.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program provides incentives for new on-road natural gas vehicles registered and operated in California.
  • Individuals
  • Firms
  • Public agencies

To apply, see the NGVIP webpage. Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Local (Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Area Council of Governments) Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation Grant Program (SECAT)

Grant

FY18: Approximately $12 Million

Up to $40,000 or $60,000 depending on vehicle weight class

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program provides grant funds to retrofit heavy-duty diesel vehicles with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) or replace them with cleaner emission vehicles.
  • Individuals
  • Firms
  • Public agencies

To apply, see the SECAT webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Local (San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District) Truck Voucher Program

Voucher

Covers 35% of new vehicle up to $40,000 or $50,000 depending on vehicle weight class

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This program encourages the replacement of old, high-polluting, heavy-duty diesel trucks.
  • Truck owners located in the San Joaquin Valley

To apply, see the Truck Voucher Program webpage.Exit

Applications must be submitted through a dealership contracted with the program.

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Private (Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach) San Pedro Bay Ports Technology Advancement Program

Grant

Up to 50% of project costs

Deadline passed for FY18.

This program provides funding, guidance, and staff support to test promising air technologies in a real-world environment.
 

  • Any public or private entity

This 2018 Call for Projects (CFP) (PDF)Exithas been released and solicits short 3-page Concept Papers for the initial screening. Projects warranting further consideration will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration.
For more information, see the TAP webpage.Exit

Selection Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria. The technology must have significant potential benefits relative to the Ports’ clean-air goals.

State (State of New Jersey Department of Transportation) Transportation Alternatives Grant Program

Grant

Project Funding:  Projects with funding from $150,000 to $1,000,000 are requested

FY18 program not open yet. Provides federal funds for community based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal system.
  • Local governments
  • Regional transportation authorities
  • Transit agencies
  • Natural resource or public land agencies
  • Tribal governments
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency)
  • Non-profit organizations

To apply, see New Jersey Transportation Alternative webpageExit

Selection Criteria: Each application will be reviewed on-site by NJDOT staff and the TA Set-Aside Selection Committee and evaluated using an established program criteria  Exitand a 25 point rating system.

1Refer to the funding announcement to see the precise type of funding. 

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