Port Infrastructure Development Program

 

The program makes grants to improve port facilities at coastal seaports.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.823
Federal Agency/Office
Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Public Law Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019-116–6, February 15, 2019
The Port Infrastructure Development Program was established under 46 U.S.C. 50302. The statute authorizes the Department of Transportation (“Department” or “DOT”) to establish a port infrastructure development program for the improvement of port facilities. In order to carry out a project under this program, the Department may provide financial assistance, including grants, to port authorities or commissions or their subdivisions and agents for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible applicant for a Port Infrastructure Development Program discretionary grants is a port authority, a commission or its subdivision or agent under existing authority, as well as a State or political subdivision of a State or local government, a Tribal government, a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States, a special purpose district with a transportation function, a multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities, or a lead entity described above jointly with a private entity or group of private entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
An eligible applicant for a Port Infrastructure Development Program discretionary grants is a port authority, a commission or its subdivision or agent under existing authority, as well as a State or political subdivision of a State or local government, a Tribal government, a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States, a special purpose district with a transportation function, a multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities, or a lead entity described above jointly with a private entity or group of private entities.
Credentials/Documentation
Standard form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance). Agency instructions in a notice of funding opportunity will identify supporting documents that must be attached to the form at field number 15 (Descriptive Title of Applicant's Project).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Pre-application coordination is not required. The program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200 applies. NOFOs for this listing will be posted on Grants.gov. No additional instructions are necessary.
Award Procedure
An evaluation panel reviews all eligible applications and rates proposals against the merit selection criteria. The Secretary of Transportation selects projects for award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The merit selection criteria may change with each notice of funding opportunity and are selected to align with the Strategic Goals identified in the DOT Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022. Voluntary cost sharing is a selection criterion. In addition, the program's FY2019 appropriation requires that, for the $92,730,000 of available exclusively for the 15 coastal seaports that handled the greatest number of loaded foreign and domestic twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo in 2016, the DOT give priority consideration for proposed projects that construct treatment facilities defined in 7 CFR 305.1 to meet the phytosanitary treatment requirements of 7 CFR 305.5-305.8.
How may assistance be used?
The Act directed that $92,730,000 of the appropriated funds shall be for grants to the 15 coastal seaports that handled the greatest number of loaded foreign and domestic twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo in 2016, as identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Funds for the Port Infrastructure Development Program are to be awarded as discretionary grants on a competitive basis for projects that will improve port facilities at coastal seaports.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: The Department is required to report annually on port performance (see Sec. 6314 of the FAST Act). To help the Department more accurately assess port performance, Port Infrastructure Development Program grant recipients will be required to enter a data sharing agreement to submit to the Department information where consistent data related to the project, particularly on cargo throughput, is not publicly available and difficult to collect from Ports and port terminals.
Auditing
Covered by 2 CFR 200, subpart F.
Records
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 80%. Pub. L. 116-6. The Federal share may be up to 80 percent. Voluntary cost sharing is a selection criterion.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding has been provided only in FY2019, to remain available until expended. DOT will determine an appropriate period of performance for each award based on the schedule of the proposed construction project. Assistance is provided on a reimbursable basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Bob Bouchard
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA
robert.bouchard@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-5076
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1713-0-1-403
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 est $292,730,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All awards will be administered pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards found in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted by the Department of Transportation at 2 CFR part 1201. Additionally, applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders, and any rules, regulations, and requirements of the Maritime Administration will apply to the projects that receive Port Infrastructure Development Program Grants awards.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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