Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY23 Passenger Ferry Grants

Published on: May 20, 2023

FTA today announced the availability of $220 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support and modernize passenger ferry service in rural and urban communities across the country.

Two grant programs are included in this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): the Passenger Ferry Program and the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program.

  • The Passenger Ferry Program supports capital projects to buy, replace, or modernize passenger ferries, terminals, and related equipment. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, $50.1 million is available, of which $5 million is set aside specifically for low- or zero-emission ferries and related facilities/equipment.
  • The Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program is a competitive grant program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure essential ferry service in rural communities. The program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to support or expand ferry services in rural areas. For Fiscal Year 2023, $170 million is available.

Instructions for applying and eligibility information can be found on FTA’s website and in GRANTS.GOV for Passenger Ferry and Ferry Service for Rural Communities. Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through GRANTS.GOV by July 17, 2023.

FTA will host a webinar (passcode 870207) on Wednesday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. CT to discuss the requirements for funding, application eligibility and criteria, and the submission process. Participants will learn more about the Passenger Ferry and Ferry Service for Rural Communities programs and how to apply. The webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions. FTA is committed to providing equal access to this session for all participants. If you need alternative formats, options or services, please email


Notice of Funding Opportunity

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program

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