Listed by application deadline, below are the current funding, award, and scholarship opportunities available to ports.

 

Grade Crossing Protective Funds

DEADLINE: UNTIL FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED

 

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is accepting Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant applications now for the 2019-2021 biennium. The grant program funds projects that eliminate or mitigate public safety hazards at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. Here is a link to the UTC website with additional information on applying for a grant.

 


WSDOT 2020 RAIL GRANTS

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 18, 2019

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has issued a call for proposals to fund freight rail capital projects through its Freight Rail Assistance Program. Applications must be submitted by October 18, 2019. If your project is selected, funds will be available in 2020, subject to legislative approval. Eligible entities include cities, county rail districts, counties, economic development councils, port districts, and privately or publicly owned railroads. These grants are directed toward larger projects, where it is difficult to gain a contribution and where the rail location of the project is of strategic importance to the state, as well as the local community. An informational packet that includes background information and instructions on submitting applications is available on the WSDOT website:

www.wsdot.wa.gov/Freight/Rail/GrantandLoanPrograms.htm


2019 ANNUAL Meeting Awards

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2019, 4:00 pm

As we do at each Annual Meeting, WPPA will be announcing the Port of the Year. In two pages or less, we would like you to share your nominations with us, due October 15, 2019.  Winners will be chosen and presented with a certificate at this breakfast.

Questions can be directed to Missy Goodell at mgoodell@washingtonports.org or (360) 943-0760.

 

2019 Educational Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019, 4:00 pm

It is time for the Washington Public Ports Association to begin collecting applications for our $1,500 educational scholarship.  This scholarship is available to employees and commissioners of a Washington public port, their spouse, children or grandchildren who demonstrate a need and intend to pursue studies in academic areas related to port district purposes, including international trade, foreign languages, finance, business, engineering, environmental sciences, and other port related fields.

The Association will accept scholarship applications between now and 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019.  Only complete scholarship application packets received by this date will be considered for award. The Executive Committee will determine the winner. Click here for Educational Scholarship Application Form.

Announcement of the 2019 scholarship recipient will be made during the awards breakfast, held May 17, as part of the WPPA Spring Meeting at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.

 


CERB Broadband Planning Projects

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the November 15, 2018 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


Boating Facilities Program
(BFP)

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2018

The Boating Facilities Program and the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, were created in 1964 when the state's citizens voted for Initiative 215, agreeing to tax themselves to provide money to improve the state’s boating facilities.

The program pays for projects that acquire, develop, and renovate facilities for motorized boats and other watercraft, including launching ramps, guest moorage, and support facilities.

For more information, visit:


Firearms and Archery Range
Recreation (FARR) Program

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2018

The Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program provides funding for projects that acquire, develop, and renovate firearm range and archery training and practice facilities.

Grant cap at $150,000, and a 50% match is required. 

For more information, visit: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/farr.shtml


Non-Highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) Program

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2018

The Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program provides funding to develop and manage recreation opportunities for such activities as cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bicycling, hunting, fishing, sightseeing, motorcycling, and riding all-terrain and four-wheel drive vehicles.

A portion of the funding also is available for education and enforcement programs that encourage environmentally responsible use of the outdoors and for helping to minimize conflict between visitors through positive management techniques.

Grant caps range from $150,000 - $200,000, to no-limit for specific land acquisition, development and planning projects. 

For further information, visit: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/nova.shtml.


Recreational Trails Program

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2018

The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to rehabilitate and maintain recreational trails and facilities that provide a backcountry experience for motorized and nonmortorized uses.

In Washington State, these grants support a backcountry experience, which means that the trail’s physical setting, not its distance from a city or road, should be predominately natural. For example, a backcountry trail can provide views of cities or towns. Backcountry also means that the user will experience nature as opposed to
seeing or hearing evidence of human development and activity.

For further information, visit: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/rtp.shtml.


CERB Broadband Construction Projects

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 12, 2018

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the January 17, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


CERB Broadband Planning Projects

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 26, 2018

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the January 17, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


CERB Broadband Construction Projects

DEADLINE: JANUARY 14, 2019

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the March 21, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


CERB Broadband Planning Projects

DEADLINE: JANUARY 28, 2019

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the March 21, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


CERB Broadband Construction Projects

DEADLINE: MARCH 18, 2019

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the May 18, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


CERB Broadband Planning Projects

DEADLINE: JANUARY 28, 2019

The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (Chapter 298, 2018, PV, Section 1008) created the CERB administered Broadband Infrastructure Program. CERB provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.

For the May 18, 2019 Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/rural-broadband/


BUILD Grants

DEADLINE: July 19, 2018 

$1.5 Billion in federal grants for infrastructure projects with a significant local or regional impact are available through U.S. DOT. Webinars on how to compete for grants are available in late May, final application deadline is July 19, 2018. For further information, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants


CRISI Grants

Deadline: MAY 22, 2018

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has $73 million available for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program (CRISI), awarding grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include the implementation of positive train control, improved highway-rail grade crossings, and congestion mitigation. Further details are available at: https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L19363.


MARAD Grants

Deadline: May 22, 2018

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has $19.6 million available in the Small Shipyard Grant program, for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. Further information is available here: https://www.marad.dot.gov/ships-and-shipping/small-shipyard-grants/