USDA Grain Transportation Report (3/09): Over $12 Million Available For U.S. Marine Highway Program

According to today's USDA Grain Transportation Report, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently announced $12.4 million in grants will be made available in fiscal year 2023 through the U.S. Marine Highway Program (USMHP).

USMHP’s mission is to increase the use of navigable U.S. waterways, especially where barge is the most efficient, effective, and sustainable transportation option. USMHP also aims to help create maritime jobs, strengthen the supply chain, reduce emissions, and lower maintenance costs. In reviewing prospective grant recipients, MARAD will consider geographic diversity.

MARAD will also evaluate each project based on its effect on movement of goods; its level of nonfederal funding already invested; its use of U.S.-produced goods, products, or materials; and its consideration of economic equity and environmental justice. MARAD will be hosting a series of webinars on the grant process, and applicationsare due by April 28.