The Governor did not include funding for the Municipal Harbor Matching Grant in his capital budget released in late-December. Instead, funding for the program is wrapped in to the proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Act (see page 3). After several meetings and discussions with legislators and lobbyists, the AAHPA will not be supporting this move and will be working with the legislature to move the Municipal Harbor Matching Grant funds back into the capital budget.
Stay tuned for more. Please consider contacting your legislators to encourage their support of the Municipal Harbor Matching Grant funds. Keep up to date on what's going on in Juneau and check out this interactive map on Alaska legislative districts for contact information and location of Legislative Information Offices.
Many of our members have experience with applying for grants through the Harbor Grant program! We strongly encourage all harbor facilities throughout Alaska to consider submitting applications for 50/50 funding through this program when you have eligible projects on the drawing board. Below is a slide from the 2017 presentation from Michael Lukshin, former Alaska D.O.T. Ports and Harbors Engineer. Download and review the entire presentation, which includes an overview of the grant program and how to apply.
See our Resolutions page for more on our support of this vital state infrastructure funding program.
For more information on the program, the new ADOT contact (and AAHPA Resource Member) is Jim Potdevin.
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 Grant 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