In 1979, Wisconsinís Legislature created the Harbor Assistance
Program (HAP) to assist harbor
communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River in
maintaining and improving waterborne commerce. Port projects
typically include dock reconstruction, mooring structure
replacement, dredging, and the construction of facilities to hold
dredged material. When funding is available, grant applications are accepted on a semi-annual
basis on August 1 and February 1. There are 29 ports in
the state that are potentially eligible for funding through the HAP.
To be eligible for funding:
The project must benefit facilities that are used for cargo
transfer, ship building, commercial fishing or regular ferry
The applicant must be a local unit of government or a private
owner of a harbor facility;
The project must pass a rigorous benefit-cost analysis; and
The project must have been identified in a current
Three-Year Harbor Development Plan.
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