USDA: Arkansas Program Accepting Applications For Waterway Development Grants

The Arkansas Port, Intermodal and Waterway Development Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 grant season.

With $1.95 million in available funding, the grants are open to Arkansas public port or intermodal authorities or facilities on the state’s five navigable rivers: the Arkansas, Mississippi, Ouachita, Red, and White rivers.

Administered by the Arkansas Waterways Commission (AWC), the program provides financial assistance to public ports and intermodal authorities for capital improvement and port development projects.

These projects have included landside infrastructure, real-estate purchase for port expansion, and much-needed dredging projects for ports and waterways.

The program’s match requirement is 10% for development projects and 50% for dredging projects.

Applications are available on AWC’s website and due by 11:59 pm, May 15.

In 2021, more than 1 million tons of wheat were moved down the Arkansas River (connecting to the Mississippi) to the U.S. Gulf for export.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) April 21, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.