Grant Details

Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.823
Federal FON: MA-PID-24-001
Office: Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 05/10/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 03/08/2024
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $500,000,000 (Confirmed)

The purpose of this program is to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports. Projects must be located either within the boundary of a port, or outside the boundary of a port and directly related to port operations or to an intermodal connection to a port. Ports may be coastal seaports, inland river ports, or Great Lakes ports.

Awards may be made for projects that will be used to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of:

  • The loading and unloading of goods at the port, such as for marine terminal equipment
  • The movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port, such as for highway or rail infrastructure, intermodal facilities, freight intelligent transportation systems, and digital infrastructure systems
  • Operational improvements, including projects to improve port resilience
  • Environmental and emissions mitigation measures, including:
    • Port electrification or electrification master planning
    • Harbor craft or equipment replacements or retrofits
    • Development of port or terminal microgrids
    • Provision of idling reduction infrastructure
    • Purchase of cargo handling equipment and related infrastructure
    • Worker training to support electrification technology
    • Installation of port bunkering facilities from ocean-going vessels for fuels
    • Electric vehicle charging or hydrogen refueling infrastructure for drayage and medium- or heavy-duty trucks and locomotives that service the port and related grid upgrades
    • Other related port activities, including charging infrastructure, electric rubber-tired gantry cranes, and anti-idling technologies
  • Infrastructure that supports seafood and seafood-related businesses

Eligible projects also include projects to provide shore power at a port that services:

  • Passenger vehicles described in section 3507(k) of title 46, U.S. Code
  • Vessels that move goods or freight

Planning awards may also be made, including those related to development phase activities, such as:

  • Planning
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Revenue forecasting
  • Environmental review
  • Permitting
  • Preliminary engineering and design work
  • Development of master plans
  • Electrification master planning
  • Planning to address a port's ability to withstand probable occurrence or recurrence of an emergency or major disaster

The funding agency encourages projects that:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector
  • Create proportional impacts to all populations in a project area and increase equitable access to project benefits
  • Support the creation of good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union and include the incorporation of strong labor standards and training and placement programs, especially registered apprenticeships

Priority may be given to strategic seaports in support of national security requirements. For the purposes of this program, a strategic seaport is defined as a military port or a commercial port that is subject to a port planning order and/or basic ordering agreement that is projected to be used for the deployment of forces and shipment of ammunition or sustainment supplies in support of military operations.

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for additional information.

Last Updated: April 10, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • States or political subdivisions of a state or a local government
  • Indian tribes or consortia of tribes
  • Public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more states
  • Special-purpose districts with a transportation function
  • Multistate or multijurisdictional groups of entities

For the purposes of this program, a state refers to any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.

A lead entity described above may apply jointly with a private entity or a group of private entities. Such entities may include owners or operators of facilities or collections of facilities at a port. Seafood-related businesses are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the authority to plan, construct, own, operate, and maintain the project. In the case of joint applications, at least one of the eligible applicants must demonstrate this authority.

Each applicant may submit no more than one application; however, an application may describe a project that contains more than one component and may describe components that may be carried out by parties other than the applicant. All project components that are presented together in a single application must demonstrate a relationship or connection among them.

Entities that previously received awards through this program are eligible to apply for additional project phases. However, to be competitive, such applicants must demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project phase has met estimated project scope, schedule, and budget milestones, as well as how the new phase will enhance the ability to achieve the benefits expected for all phases of the project.

The following entities are ineligible:

  • Federal agencies
  • Entities that utilize or provide, in part or in whole, the national transportation logistics public information platform, commonly referred to as LOGINK, provided by the People’s Republic of China, as well as other similar entities described on page 10 of the NOFA file
Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Native American Tribe
Private Sector
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 10, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at Hard-copy, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Project narrative
  • SF 424C (optional, but encouraged)
  • Letter of funds commitment (if applicable)
  • Map(s) and photographs of project location
  • Renderings of the project, if available
  • Supporting documentation of funding commitments
  • Calculation/analysis files used for the benefit cost analysis (BCA) (if applicable)

The project narrative may not exceed 30 pages, excluding cover pages and the table of contents. The project narrative must be single-spaced with one-inch margins and must use a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman, and the narrative text must be in one column only.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program as follows:

Economic Vitality Webinar:
March 28, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Project Readiness Webinar:
April 3, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Recordings of previously held webinars for this program are available online at

Applications will be evaluated according to the following merit criteria:

  • Achieving safety, efficiency, or reliability improvements
  • Supporting economic vitality
  • Leveraging federal funding
  • Port resilience

Refer to the NOFA and WebinarSchedule files for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $500,000,000 (Confirmed)
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project costs via nonfederal sources, which may include state funds originating from programs funded by state revenue, local funds originating from state or local revenue-funded programs, or private funds. The matching requirement may be decreased for projects in rural areas or small projects at small ports.

Matching funds may include Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) or Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) loans if the loans are repayable from nonfederal funds.

The leveraging of federal funding will be taken into consideration during the application evaluation process.

Matching contributions may not include previously incurred costs or previously expended or encumbered funds, except for small projects at small ports, which may include certain costs incurred after application submission but before announcement of project selection.

Unless otherwise authorized by statute, funds used to satisfy the nonfederal cost share requirements of a different federal program may not be counted as the nonfederal share for both this program and another federal program.

Pre-award costs may not be used as matching contributions, unless approved in writing by the funding agency.

Funding Notes:

A total of $500 million is available to support awards through this program. The funding agency intends to retain up to 2 percent of this funding for award administration and oversight.

No more than 25 percent of the available funds may be used to fund projects in any one state, and 25 percent of the available funds is reserved for small projects at small ports. Of the reserved amount, no more than 10 percent may be used to fund development phase activities. No more than 10 percent of the funds not reserved for small projects at small ports may be used to fund development phase activities for large projects that do not result in construction. Additionally, to maximize flexibility for applicants and to optimize the number of awards that can be issued, the funding agency will limit any single award to a small project at a small port to no more than $11.25 million under both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and any additional funding that may become available under the annual appropriations act for FY 2024.

There is no minimum award size. Except as limited by the amount of available funding and statutory restrictions on funding identified in pages 9-10 of the NOFA file, there is no maximum award size.

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Notices of award selection are anticipated to be issued in November 2024.

The funding agency seeks to obligate funds by September 30, 2027, and also expects award recipients to expend funds within five years of obligation.

Funds may not be used for channel improvements or harbor deepening that are part of a federally maintained navigation channel or an access channel associated with a federal channel, or for channel improvements outside a federal navigation channel, unless the improvements are related to an eligible project, as detailed on pages 14-17 of the NOFA file.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Pre-award costs, unless approved in writing by the funding agency
  • Construction, reconstruction, reconditioning, or purchase of a vessel, unless the funding agency determines such vessel is necessary for a project
  • Any project within a small shipyard
  • Improvements to federally owned facilities, unless they are projects investing in port facilities located on tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the federal government
  • Purchase or installation of fully automated cargo handling equipment or the installation of terminal infrastructure that is designed for fully automated cargo handling equipment, if the funding agency determines that such equipment would result in a net loss of good jobs or reduction in the quality of jobs within the port or port terminal
  • Support or opposition to union organizing

For FY 2023, more than $653 million was distributed via 41 awards through this program. For FY 2022, more than $703 million was distributed via 41 awards ranging from $353,500 to $68.7 million. For FY 2021, more than $241 million was distributed via 25 awards ranging from $1,173,600 to $52.3 million. Refer to the Award file for details.


Wade Morefield
(202) 366-6025

Program Staff

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Transportation
Maritime Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program contacts provided. Answers to questions will be posted online at

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Award File: US15501_Award_FY2024.pdf (1.5 Mb)
NOFA File: US15501_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (701.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15501_BCAPresentation_FY2024.pdf (591.2 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15501_WebinarSchedule_FY2024.pdf (120.4 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15501_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (165.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15501_WebinarPresentation_FY2024.pdf (1.1 Mb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The BCAPresentation file contains slides from a benefit/cost analysis webinar held for this program. The WebinarSchedule file contains information regarding optional webinars scheduled for this program. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The WebinarPresentation file contains the slides of a webinar held for this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

April 10, 2024
The slides of a webinar held for this program have been released and attached as the WebinarPresentation file. The Financial section has been updated accordingly.

March 28, 2024
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Financial section has been updated accordingly.

March 20, 2024
Information regarding optional webinars scheduled for this program has been released and attached as the WebinarSchedule file. The Application section has been updated accordingly. Additionally, recordings of webinars for this program have been released, and a link to the presentations is available in the Application section. In addition, slides from a benefit/cost analysis webinar held for this program have been released and attached as the BCAPresentation file.

March 13, 2024
Full solicitation information for this program has been released and attached as the NOFA file. All sections have been updated accordingly.

Project: Port of Palacios Energy and Resilience Improvement Project (ERIP) (32.9 Mb)
Applicant: Matagorda County Navigation District #1 dba Port of Palacios

The purpose of this program is to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports. The Port of Palacios requested and received $9.6 million to rehabilitate two turning basins, including the installation of 20 vessel-to-shore power stations with multiple outlets. The rehabilitation will include a design standard upgrade that will make the facilities more resilient to the effects of sea level rise, natural disasters, and inclement weather. The applicant will provide $2.4 million to match the remainder of the project costs.

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Grant Categories
Community Development
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