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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. More than 50 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. This table will be updated regularly and includes current and recent funding opportunities where deadlines may have passed.  For more examples or information on funding sources, check out the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Funding Handbook (PDF)(99 pp, 1,954 K, About PDF).Exit

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Funding Source

Program Name

Funding Type1 and Amount

Purpose

Who is Eligible

Selection Criteria

How to Apply

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

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

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.

Deadline Passed.See the DOE website and the funding opportunities on the Vehicle Technologies Office website for more information.

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, 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

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

For vessels and shipyards, go to the How to Apply webpage.   

Also, visit the Title XI homepage

Federal (Department of Commerce/ Economic Development Administration)

Planning Program & Local Technical Assistance Program

Grant

Award Ceiling: $300,000

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

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 the project’s ability to promote job creation/private investment.

Applications on a rolling basis.  See the funding notice for more detail.

Federal (Department of Commerce/ Economic Development Administration)

FY17 Economic Development Assistance Programs/Public Works Program

Grant

Individual Awards: $100,000-$3 Million

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

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. 

Applications on a rolling basis.  See the funding notice for more detail. 

Federal (Department of Commerce/ Economic Development Administration)

Broad Agency Announcement Plan

Grant

Funding is contingent upon the availability of FY16 and FY17 appropriations. Funds have not yet been appropriated for any proposed activities.

This program funds research, projects, and sponsorships regarding climate adaptation and mitigation, ocean health, and/or, the resilience of coastal communities and economies.

Institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign organizations/ governments, individuals, state/Tribal/local governments

Applications are evaluated on how well the project aligns with the agency’s mission goals (e.g., climate adaptation and mitigation), the technical/scientific merit of the project, the qualifications of the applicants, the project’s costs, and the project’s elements of outreach and education.

FY17 application deadline has passed.  For more information go the the Broad Agency Announcment document.

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 or public sector entites in advance of the selection of a private developer

Projects must receive federal assistance under Title 23 (or, in some cases, under Title 49).

See the application process at the PAB webpage. 

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

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.

Funding is allocated to states and MPOs, who then select projects. See the MTP website and Metropolitan Planning FAST Act Fact Sheet for more information.

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

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.

Funding is allocated to states under the FAST Act.  Projects are selected by the state or Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). See the FAST Act factsheet for more information.

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

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/local governments, transit agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) representing a population of more than 200,000, and consortia of research or academic institutions

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.

FY17 Deadline Passed. See the ATCMTDP factsheet for more information.

Federal (Department of Transportation)

National Highway Freight Program 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

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

See the NHFP webpage for more details.

Federal (Department of Transportation)

National Highway Performance Program 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

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.

Funds are allocated to states under the FAST Act, who then select projects. See the NHPP factsheet for more information.

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, or other public authorities, as well as private entities undertaking projects sponsored by public authorities

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.

Go to the TIFIA webpage for assistance.

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   

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

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.

FY17/18 application period opens August 1, 2017 and applications must be submitted by November 2, 2017. See 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

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. 

Funding is allocated to states under the Fixing America’s Surfact Transportation (FAST) Act.  States then sub-allocate funds to MPOs which select the projects. See the STBG factsheet and the Special Federal-aid Funding for STBG for more information.

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

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/local governments, government‐sponsored authorities and corporations, joint ventures with at least one railroad, and limited option freight shippers who intend to construct a new rail connection

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

Application due August 31, 2018. See the RRIF website for more detail. 

Federal (Department of Transportation)

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $30 Million

This program provides competitive funding for projects that support passenger ferry systems in urbanized areas. 

Departments/agencies of the government, state/local governments, public transportation providers, private or nonprofit organizations

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.

For more information on the Ferry Program, contact Vanessa Williams at (202) 366–4818.

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 include typically include industry, academia, and NonProfit Organizations/Non-Governmental Organizations (NPO/NGOs)

Project Dependent

Maritime Administration (MARAD) posts competitive requests on Grants.gov periodically.  These requests are generally open for a 30-day period. See the META website for more information.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency)

Pollution Prevention Grant Program

Grant

Total FY16-FY17 Funding: $7.94 Million
Individual Award Amount: $40,000-$360,000 per (about 40 grants annually)

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), and federally-recognized tribes that meet the requirements for treatment in a manner similar to a state or intertribal consortia

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.

FY17 Deadline passed.  See the Pollution Prevention Grants webpage for more information.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency)

Targeted Air Shed Grant Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $30 Million
Individual Awards:  6-7 agreements with no more than $4,000,000 per

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: (a) 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 (b) have an active air program grant to carry out those responsibilities

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.

Applications for FY17 due October 18, 2017.
Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-OAQPS-17-06

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency)

Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program

Grant

Total FY16-FY17 Funding: $2 Million
Individual Awards: About 20 issued annually with $20,000 - $260,000 per award for 2 year funding

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, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia

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.

FY17 Deadline Passed.  See the Pollution Prevention Grants webpage for more information.

Federal (Environmental Protection Agency)

Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; National Grants

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $34 Million

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 or 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

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.

FY17 Deadline Passed.  Note, many states also have a DERA program.  Check with your state Departments of Environmental Protection to see if they have funding available. See the DERA website for more information.

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

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $1.5 Million

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, and Alaska Native Villages with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality

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. FY17 deadline is January 18, 2018.  Go to the Clean Diesel Tribal Grants webpage for more information.  

Federal (Department of Transportation)

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)

Grant

Total Funding FY17: $500 Million

This program 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)

Priority is given to applications that improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, foster economic competitiveness, create affordable and convenient transportation choices, improve energy efficiency, reduce dependence on oil, reduce emissions, benefit the environment, and improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and systems.

Applications for FY17 due October 16, 2017. Apply through grants.gov. See the TIGER Grants webpage for more information.

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)

Funds studies of multimodal transportation issues to help achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives. 

MPOs/Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) and Transit Agencies, cities and counties, Tribal Governments

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. 

Applications due October 20, 2017. See the Caltrans STP Grant webpage for more information.Exit

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

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.

Loans under $10 Million are first come, first serve.  Program call for loan applications deadline has passed for loans over $10 Million.  See the SIB webpage for more information.Exit

State (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Community Impact Grants

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $1.4 Million

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

Community-based organizations

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

Deadline Passed.  See the Community Impact Grants webpage for more information.Exit

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

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, and academic institutions; other groups must apply through a municipality or a nonprofit

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.

Deadline passed. See the AISSP webpage for more information.Exit

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

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.

Contact C. Edward Philpot, Jr. at (916) 653-8817 for more information.

State (California Air Resources Board)

Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Program (GMERP)

Grant

Total Funding Amount: $1 Billion over multiple years

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

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

San Diego County Air Pollution Control District and San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District application period is closed.  See the Goods Movement Emissions Reduction webpage for more information.Exit

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 

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

See the Dray Truck Replacement webpage for more information.Exit

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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

See the Cargo Handling Replacement webpage for more information.Exit 

State (Maryland Department of Transportation)

Port of Baltimore Locomotive Retrofit Program

Grant

40% 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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

See the Locomotive Retrofit webpage for more information.Exit

State (Missouri Department of Transportation)

Freight Enhancement Program

Grant

Total FY18 Funding: $1 Million
Maximum Award Amount: $500,000

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, private and not-for-profit entities

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. 

FY18 applications deadline passed. See the Freight Enhancement Program application guide for more information.Exit

State (Minnesota Department of Transportation)

Minnesota Port Development Assistance Program

Grant

Maximum state match of 80% and a local match of at least 20%

Program assistance is used to upgrade facilities and infrastructure, as well as to rehabilitate and expand port capacity.

State’s public port authorities

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.

Contact Patrick Phenow at (651) 366-3672 or see the MPDAP webpage for more information.Exit

State (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

Small Business Environmental Loan Program

Loan

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

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

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

Applications Accepted on a rolling basis.  See the Environmental Loan Program webpage for more information.Exit

State (Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council) Seaport Economic Council Grants

Grant

2017-2018 Grants: Maximum of $1 Million with matching funds of 20%.  Applications for consideration at January 2018 Council meeting: Deadline 11/1/17

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   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.  Applications selected on a rolling basis.  See Seaport Economic Council webpage Exit

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: MassDEP)

Vehicle Repower Program Grants

Grant

MassDEP will fund 50% of the part and labor costs

This program aims to reduce public and worker exposure to diesel emissions in and around facilities that handle bulk materials.

Owners of Caterpillar diesel-powered off-road wheel loaders with 125 to 299-rated horsepower

MassDEP will give priority to applicant vehicles operating in close proximity to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, day-care facilities, areas of high population density, environmental justice communities, and areas with elevated incidences of pediatric asthma.

See the Vehicle Repower Grant webpage for more information.Exit

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: MassDEP)

Clean Markets Program Grants

Grant

Total Funding: $275,000

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

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.

See the Clean Markets Program webpage for more information.Exit

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.

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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

All funds currently committed. See the MassEVIP webpage for more information.Exit

State (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection)

Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP): Fleets

Incentive

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

This program provides incentives for the acquisition of electric vehicles (EVs) and the installation of Level 2 dual-port charging stations.

Municipalities, state agencies, and Massachusetts public universities and colleges

Must meet eligibility requirements.

All available funds currently committed. See the MassEVIP Fleets webpage for more information.Exit

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.

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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

This program is always open. See the PPAA Loan webpage for more information.Exit

State (California Air Resources Board)

Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $65.5 Million

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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

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. See the Carl Moyer webpage for more information.Exit

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)

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, and Ports/Rail/Freight Entities

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.

Deadline passed for FY17-FY18. See the  Multimodal Transportation Fund webpage for more information.Exit

State (Florida Department of Transportation, District 4)

Intermodal Development Program (IDP)

Grant

Funding Per Year: Approximately $2 million

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, and other government
entities

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

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. See the IDP factsheet for more information.Exit

State (Louisiana Department of Transportation)

Port Construction and Development Priority Program

Cooperative Agreement

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

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

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

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. See the program’s webpageExitfor more information.

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.

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, private, for-profit, not-for-profit, educational, and governmental entities

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

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  See more at the Electric Vehicle Program website.Exit

Port Authority (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: PANYNJ)

Clean Vessel Incentive Program

Incentive

Annual Budget: $1.3 Million

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

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.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Program runs through 12/31/18. See more at the Clean Vessel Incentive webpage.Exit

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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

See more information at the Truck Replacement Program webpage.Exit

Port Authority (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

Cargo Handling Equipment Program

Rebate

Covers up to 20% 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

Must meet eligibility requirements.

See more information at the Cargo Handling Equipment Program webpage.Exit

State (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)

New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)

Grant

Total FY17 Funding: $3.5 Million

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. 

Facility owners

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.

Deadline passed. See the New Technology Implementation grants wepage for more information.Exit

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.

 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, or any other legal entity

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

Deadline passed.  See the ERIG webpage for more information.Exit

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.

To help fund projects involving green chemistry, pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, and/or source-separated composting.

Minnesota-based small to medium-sized businesses and political subdivisions of Minnesota

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.

Applications accepted throughout the year. See the Environmental Assistance Loan webpage for more information.Exit

Federal (Denali Commission)

Transportation Program

Grant

Total Funding Amount: $1.2 Million
Individual Award Amount: $25,000-$200,000

This program aids rural Alaskan communities in maintaining and improving their existing core transportation infrastructure including the planning, design and construction of port, harbor and other rural waterfront needs. 

Rural municipal, borough and Tribal governments, ANCSA Village Corporations, and regional Tribal nonprofit organizations that serve rural Alaska

Applications are evaluated on their consistency with program intent, implementation plan, budget detail, match funds, and whether the community affected is a distressed community.

Deadline passed. See the Denali Commission’s Programs webpage for more information.

State (Washington Department of Ecology)

Washington State Clean Diesel Grants

Grant

FY15-FY17 Funding Available: $750,000

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, and private fleets 

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.

Deadline passed. See WADEQ’s Clean Diesel Grants webpage for more information.Exit

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, local government, and Tribal officials

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.

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. See the USACE webpage for more information.

State (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Surface Water Grants

Grant

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

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, and licensed hydroelectric corporations

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.

Some applications due December 10, 2017, some due February 1, 2017, and some are accepted year-round.  See the Surface Water Grants webpage for more information.Exit

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.

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

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

Deadline passed. See the Boating Infrastructure Grant webpage for more information.Exit

Federal (Department of Defense/ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Grant

No Funding Level

This program funds research related to the Engineer Research and Development Center’s (DRDC) 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, and educational institutions.  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)

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.

Applications for FY17 due January 31, 2018. 
Opportunity Number: W912HZ-17-BAA-01

State

VW Settlement- Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT)

State-dependent

The States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia may obtain funds as Mitigation Trust Beneficiaries to implement NOx reduction projects including the DERA Option under the Clean Diesel State Program.

States, Tribal governments

Must use funds to implement NOx reduction projects

See the EPA VW Settlement DERA Option , or to view other options go here for more information.

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

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