Marine Highway Program offering $12 million in grants

Marine Highway Routes 2021

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced a notice of funding opportunity making $12.42 million available in fiscal year 2023 funds through the United States Marine Highway Program (USMHP), previously named America’s Marine Highway Program.

“America’s waterways serve as critical links in our nation’s supply chains,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These investments in our marine highways will help to strengthen our supply chains, reduce emissions, and create jobs across the country.”

The USMHP seeks to increase the use of America’s navigable waterways, especially where water-based transport is the most efficient, effective, and sustainable option. The USMHP helps to create maritime jobs, strengthen the nation’s supply chains, reduce emissions, and lower maintenance costs.

“Since the establishment of the marine highways program, MarAd has awarded more than $91.6 million in competitive grants to eligible organizations for marine highway services,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips. “These grants have supported the development and expansion of marine highways, vessels, and landside ports and infrastructure, which are critical to building supply chain resilience.”

The department will evaluate projects using criteria including the effect on movement of goods, level of non-federal funding investment, use of domestic preference, consideration of equity, and environmental justice. The department will also consider geographic diversity when selecting grant recipients, as well as how the project addresses challenges faced by rural areas.

Applications must be submitted through by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 28.

For technical assistance, MarAd will host a series of webinars during the USMHP grant application process. For webinar registration details or for additional information regarding the USMHP, click here or contact the USMHP staff via email at, or by phone at (202) 366–1123.

– U.S. Maritime Administration

By Rich Miller