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Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program


The FY2025 Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program is opening up the next Call For Projects grant application cycle on May 26, 2023 and CLOSES Friday, August 4, 2023.

Link to Online Public Notice

Please refer to the FY2025 Application Packet, Instructions and Scoring Criteria available here for more information. 

Please reach out to the DOT Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program at or (907) 465-8769 with questions.


The DOT&PF, Alaska Waterways Program, Ports and Harbors received three harbor project proposals for the FY2024 grant cycle, which were scored and ranked on December 12, 2022.

Additionally, Stephen Ribuffo, Director of the Port of Alaska for the Municipality of Anchorage and member of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators (AAHPS), was selected to fill a new Public Seat on the Harbor Project Evaluation Committee (PEC).

We appreciate his commitment to the program and his assistance during committee review of harbor grant project proposals.

The ranking and score of the FY2023 Municipal Facility Harbor Grants Program is listed below:




Project name
Grant Amount Requested
Local Match
2023 ICAP - 6.87% Total
Project Cost
1 187.8 I City of Wrangell Meyer's Chuck $1,092,138.06 $1,092,138.06 $150,059.77 $2,334,335.89
1 117.7 II City of Whittier Boat Harbor $4,500,000.00 $4,500,000.00 $618,300.00 $9,618,300.00
2 85.3 II City & Borough of Sitka Fisherman's Float $2,644,677.00 $2,644,677.00 $363,378.62 $5,652,732.62
TOTAL $8,236,815 $8,236,815 $1,131,738 $17,605,369
We would like to thank all of the FY2024 applicants for their efforts and hard work!


The Governor's Budget for 2022-2023 has passed! Under the Governor's enacted budget for SFY2023, $16,432,195 has been allocated to the DOT Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program and $3,587,000 of the SFY2023 capital budget request was vetoed. The DOT Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program is able to award both Tier I grants and the three (3) highest ranking of the five (5) applicants for Tier II. Congratulations to all of the Awardees this year, and thank you to all of the Applicants who applied!

Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program
Notice of Grant Awards




Project Name (Listed by Tier and Score)
Grant Funds
Project Awarded
Grant Funds
1 241.8 I City of Valdez - Small Boat Harbor Reconstruction $5,000,000 Yes $5,000,000
2 239.2 I City of Yakutat - Small Boat Harbor Replacement $3,667,302 Yes $3,667,302
1 134.2 II AEB/City of Sand Point - Float A $4,125,000 Yes $4,125,000
2 119.4 II City & Borough of Juneau - Aurora Harbor PH3 $2,000,000 Yes $2,000,000
3 106.8 II City of Homer - Homer Harbor Cathodes $366,000 Yes $366,000
4 94.2 II City & Borough of Sitka - Fisherman's Working Float $2,077,775 No $0
5 89.6 II Muni. of Anch., Port of AK - Ship Creek Boat Launch $2,783,112 No $0
    Total of selected projects $20,019,189    
    Governor’s Veto, SFY2023 Budget $3,586,994    
    Governors Enacted Budget, SFY2023 - Approved Funds $16,432,195    

Municipal Harbor Facility Grants Program

The State of Alaska is blessed with one of the finest public harbors systems in the country. Our magnificent coastline and bountiful marine resources make our harbors vitally important to Alaskans and our communities.


To provide financial assistance to municipal or regional housing authority owned harbor facilities, the Alaska Legislature passed landmark legislation in 2006 establishing a new 50/50 matching grant program called the Harbor Facility Grants Program. This grant program will go a long way towards recapitalizing local government’s harbor infrastructure and furthering the sustainability of Alaska’s public harbor system.


This grant program is funded on an annual basis at the discretion of the Alaska Legislature and consists of two tiers, Tier I and II. The first tier has priority and consists of major maintenance and repair of a harbor facility that was previously owned by the state and now is locally owned. The second tier consists of all other harbor facilities and those harbor facilities which have already received a Tier I grant. A harbor facility may only receive one Tier I grant but is eligible for multiple Tier II grants.

Reference Alaska Statute AS 29.60.800


City of Seward Harbor - Seward, Alaska
City of Seward Harbor - Seward, Alaska
City of Cordova Port and Harbor - Cordova, Alaska
City of Cordova Port and Harbor - Cordova, Alaska
Auke Bay Small Boat Harbor - Juneau, Alaska
Auke Bay Small Boat Harbor - Juneau, Alaska
The FY23 Harbor Facility Grant Program application period is now open!
The current grant cycle opens June 16th, 2021 and closes August 16th, 2021.

As of June 22, 2021, the new ICAP rate has been changed to 6.78%. Please make note of this change, which has also been updated on the downloadable application below.

For more information, contact the Statewide Program Development, Juneau Planning Field Office at (907) 465-1776.