Port Director Carl Uchytil.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) — The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board of Directors will be briefed on a number of federal grant opportunities at their meeting on Thursday.
With the three, they hope to tackle dock electrification, small cruise ship infrastructure, and the Juneau fishing terminal.
Port Manager Carl Uchytil spoke about the Infrastructure Bill grants on Action Line.
“There’s a lot of federal money that’s out there, very competitive, but there are three U.S. Department transportation grants that we’ll be pursuing. My staff will be looking at what’s called NOFO. The Opportunity Notice of funding is what the Departments come out with what they are looking for in the grant application They are very prescriptive but they are kind of their own as I said nuance from grant to grant the other. Sometimes you’re looking for safety-type improvements. Sometimes you’re looking to create jobs. Sometimes you’re looking to reduce congestion at a port store,” he said.
He said they would apply for federal grant programs RAISE, Port Infrastructure Development and Infrastructure for Rebuilding America.
“These are the same enhancements, but how we present them may change from grant to grant just to be as competitive as possible,” he said. “You’ll never get them all, the state will get maybe $50 billion of a certain grant per round, and like our dock electrification project, it’s a $25 million request, the project small cruise ship infrastructure is a $25 million request”
The Docks & Harbor meeting will be in person at City Hall Room 224 and can be accessed via Zoom.
The meeting starts at 5 p.m.