Under the Little Shipyard Grant Program, $19,600,000 is now available for grants to (1) Make capital and associated developments to qualified shipyard centers which will be successful in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality boat building, repair, and reconfiguration, and (2) provide training for employees in shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries.
This note announces the intention of the Maritime Administration to provide for grants to small shipyards. Potential applicants have been advised that it is anticipated, based on experience, that the number of applications will far exceed the funds available and only a small fraction of software will be funded. It’s estimated that approximately 8-20 software will be chosen for financing with an average grant amount of about $1 million.
How to Apply for Small Shipyard Grant Programs
- Timing of Grant Applications
In accordance with the statutory requirement in 46 U.S.C. 54101(f)(1) that applications have to be filed within 60 days of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94, December 20, 2019), applications must be received by the Maritime Administration by 5 p.m. EDT on February 18, 2020. Applications received later than this period won’t be considered. The Administrator shall award grants under this section not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this appropriations Act for the financial year concerned.
- SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Grants under the Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyard Grant Program might not be used to construct buildings or other physical facilities or to obtain land. Grant funds may be used for maritime training programs to foster employee abilities and enhanced productivity related to shipbuilding, ship repair, and related industries. Grants for these training programs may only be awarded to”Eligible Applicants” as described below, but coaching programs could be established through sellers to such applicants.
- Program Description
The Small Shipyard Grant Program was authorized under Section 3501 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91), codified at 46 U.S.C. 54101. The statute authorizes the Maritime Administrator to give assistance in the form of grants to earn capital and associated improvements in tiny shipyards and also to provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. Per 46 U.S.C. 54101, two percent of the funds could be put aside for grant administration. Therefore, the total sum available for grant awards is 19,600,000. The purpose of the Program is to boost efficiency, aggressive operations, and superior boat building, repair, and reconfiguration in tiny shipyards across the USA along with fostering employee skills and enhanced productivity related to shipbuilding, ship repair, and related businesses.
- Federal Award Information
Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, $19,600,000 is available for grants for (1) Capital and related developments to qualified shipyard facilities which will be successful in fostering efficiency, aggressive operations, and superior boat construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training jobs that would be effective in boosting employee skills and enhanced productivity linked to shipbuilding, ship repair, and related businesses. MARAD plans to award the full amount of available funding through grants to the extent that you will find worthy applications. No more than 25% of those funds available will be awarded to shipyard facilities in one geographical location that have over 600 production employees. MARAD will want to obtain the maximum benefit from the available funding by awarding grants to as many of their worthiest jobs as possible. MARAD may partially fund applications by selecting regions of the entire project.
The start date and period of operation for each award will be dependent on the specific project and have to be agreed to by MARAD. MARAD will administer each Little Shipyard Grant pursuant to a grant agreement with the Little Shipyard Grant receiver. Amounts awarded as a grant under this note which isn’t expended by the recipient shall stay available to the Administrator to be used for grants under this program, either at the same or different fiscal year as this notice.
- Eligibility Information
To be chosen for a Little Shipyard Grant, an applicant must be an Eligible Applicant and the job must be an Eligible Project.
1. Eligible Applicants
The shipyard facility where a grant is sought has to be in a single geographic location and may have over 1,200 production workers. The applicant has to be the operating business of the shipyard center. The shipyard facility must construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or higher for national or commercial use, or build, repair, or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or higher for non-commercial vessels.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching
The Federal funds for any eligible project will not exceed 75 percent of the entire cost of this project. The remaining portion of the cost shall be paid in money from or on behalf of the recipient. The applicant must submit detailed financial statements and supporting documentation demonstrating just how and when such matching condition is proposed to be funded as described below. The receiver’s whole matching requirement should be paid before payment of any Federal funds for your project.
3. Eligible Projects
Eligible projects include (1) Capital and relevant improvement projects that will be successful in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and superior ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training projects that will be successful in boosting employee skills and enhanced productivity linked to shipbuilding, ship repair, and related businesses. For capital improvement projects, all items proposed for funding have to be new and to be owned by the applicant. For both capital improvement and coaching jobs, all project costs, including the recipient’s discussion, must be corrected after the date of the grant agreement.
- Content and Form of Application Submission
Although the form is available, the program must be submitted in hard copy as indicated below due to the amount of data requested. Applicants must submit an original paper copy of this program, one additional paper copy of the program, and two CDs each containing a complete digital version of the program in PDF format to Associate Administrator for Business and Finance Development, Room W21-318, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590. A shipyard facility at one geographic location applying for multiple projects must do so in a single program. The application for a grant should include each of the following information as an addendum to form SF-424. The data should be organized in segments as explained below:
Part 1: A description of this shipyard including (a) area of the shipyard; (b) a description of the shipyard facilities; (c) years in performance; (d) ownership; (e) customer base; (f) current order book including type of work; (g) vessels delivered (or major projects) over last 5 years; and (h) website address, if any.
Part 2: For each project proposed for funding the following must be included:
(a) A comprehensive detailed description of this undertaking, including a statement of whether the job will replace existing equipment, and in that case, the disposition of the replaced equipment.
(b) A description of the need for the job in relation to shipyard operations and business strategy and an explanation of how the project will fulfill this requirement.
(c) A quantitative analysis demonstrating how the project will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality boat construction, repair, or reconfiguration (for capital improvement projects) or the way the project will be effective in fostering employee skills and improved productivity linked to shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. The analysis should quantify the benefits of the projects concerning man-hours stored, dollars saved, proportions, or other meaningful metrics. The methodology of the analysis should be clarified with assumptions utilized, identified, and justified.
(d) A thorough timeline and methodology for executing the project.
(e) A detailed itemization of the cost of the project together with supporting documentation, including current vendor quotes and quotes of setup costs.
(f) A statement explaining if any elements of the project require actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.. ) or require any licenses or permits.
Items 2(a) thru 2(f) should be replicated, in sequence, for each distinct project included in the program.
Part 3: A table with a prioritized list of projects and complete price and Federal authorities share (in dollars) for each.
Part 4: A description of any existing programs or arrangements, if any, that will be utilized to supplement or leverage the Federal grant aid.
Part 5: Shipyard business officer’s certification of each of the following prerequisites:
(a) That the shipyard facility where a grant is sought is in a single geographical location and (I) the shipyard facility has no more than 600 production workers, or (ii) that the shipyard facility has more than 600 production workers, but less than 1200 production employees (the Start Printed Page 1196shipyard officer has to certify to the other of (I) or (ii));
(b) The applicant has the ability to carry out the proposed project; and
(c) In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s regulation limiting lobbying, 49 CFR part 20, that the candidate hasn’t, and will not, make any prohibited payments from the requested grant. Certifications aren’t required to be notarized.
Part 6: Particular thing identifier of shipyard’s parent company (when applicable): Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS + 4 number) (when appropriate ).
Part 7: The latest year-end audited, reviewed, or compiled financial statements, prepared by a certified public accountant (CPA), per the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (not tax-based accounting financial statements). In case CPA prepared financial statements are not available, provide the latest financial statement for your thing. Do not offer tax returns.
Part 8: Statement about the association between applicants and some other parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, if any such thing is going to offer some of the matches.
Part 9: Evidence documenting the applicant’s ability to make proposed matching requirements (loan agreement, commitment from shareholders, money on a balance sheet, etc.) and in the instances outlined in 2(d) above.
Part 10: Pro-forma financial statements reflecting (a) monetary condition beginning of interval; (b) effect on the balance sheet of grant and matching funds (e.g. a drop in cash or increase in debt, additional equity, and an increase in fixed assets); and (c) impact on business’s projected financial situation (balance sheet) of completion of job, showing that business will possess adequate financial resources to remain in business.
Part 11: Statement whether during the previous five decades, the applicant or any predecessor or associated company was in bankruptcy or in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, or in any insolvency or reorganization proceedings, and whether any significant land of the applicant or any predecessor or associated company has been acquired in any such proceedings or has been subject to foreclosure or receivership during such period. If so, give details.
Part 12: Consistent with the Department’s R.O.U.T.E.S. Initiative (https://www.transportation.gov/rural), A strong transportation network is crucial to the growth and functioning of the American economy. The nation’s industry is dependent upon the transportation network to move the goods it generates, and ease the movements of the workers who are accountable for this production. After the country’s highways, railways, and ports work well, that infrastructure connects individuals to jobs, raises the efficacy of delivering products and thus cuts the costs of doing business, reduces the burden of commuting, and improves overall well-being.
Rural transportation networks play a very important role in supporting our national economic power. Addressing the deteriorating conditions and high fatality rates on our rural transportation infrastructure is of crucial interest to the Department, as rural transportation networks face unique challenges in safety, infrastructure state, and passenger and cargo use.
Applicants must also state if or not a job is located in a capable Opportunity Zone designated pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 1400Z-1.
Additional data may be requested as deemed necessary from MARAD to facilitate and complete its own review of the application. If such information isn’t provided, MARAD may deem the application incomplete and cease processing it.
- Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)
MARAD may not create a Small Shipyard Grant Award for an applicant until the applicant has complied with all pertinent unique entity identifiers and SAM requirements. Each applicant has to be enrolled in SAM before filing its application, supply a legitimate unique entity identifier amount in its program, and maintain an active SAM registration with present information throughout the period of the award. Applicants may register with the SAM. If an applicant hasn’t fully complied with the requirements from the entry deadline, the application will not be considered. MARAD might not make a Federal award until the applicant has complied with all applicable distinctive entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant hasn’t fully complied with the prerequisites from the period MARAD is ready to make a Federal award, MARAD could determine that the applicant isn’t qualified to get a Federal award and utilize this decision as a basis for making a Federal award to a different applicant.
- Submission Dates and Times
Applications received later than this period will not be considered. MARAD encourages applicants to submit applications employing a carrier and method that will provide proof and time of shipping. The Administrator shall award grants under this section not later than 120 days following the date of the enactment of the appropriations Act for the financial year concerned.
- Other Submission Requirements
Applicants must submit an original paper copy of the application, one additional paper copy of the program, and two compact disks (CDs) each containing a complete electronic version of the application in PDF format to Associate Administrator for Business and Finance Development, Room W21-318, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.
- Application Review Information
1. Selection Criteria
This segment specifies the standards that MARAD will utilize to evaluate and award applications for Small Shipyard grants. The criteria include the statutory eligibility requirements for this program, which are specified in this notice as important.
Consistent with the demands of 46 U.S.C. 54101(b)(1), MARAD will evaluate the software on the basis of how successful the project will be in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration (for capital improvement projects) or how effective the project will be in fostering employee skills and improving productivity related to shipbuilding, ship repair, and related industries.
After applying the above tastes, the Maritime Administrator will consider the following key Departmental objectives:
(A) Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level;
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(C) Accounting for your life-cycle prices of the job to promote the state of good repair;
(D) Using advanced approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and,
(E) Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and achieving specific, measurable results identified by award applicants.
MARAD may also consider whether a job is located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone designated pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 1400Z-1.
As a secondary criterion, higher concerns for the award will be made if applicants’ percentage match contribution toward the overall project is greater than the minimal and more than other competing license programs.
Rural transportation networks play a very important part in supporting our national financial power. Addressing the deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on our rural transportation infrastructure is of crucial interest to the Department, as rural transportation systems confront unique challenges in safety, infrastructure condition, and passenger and cargo use. The Department’s R.O.U.T.E.S. The initiative can be found.
2. Review and Selection Process
MARAD reviews all eligible applications received before the deadline. The Little Shipyard Grant inspection and selection process includes three phases: Technical Review, Senior Review, and Final Choice. In the Technical Review stage, a Review Panel made up of technical experts, such as naval architects and architects in MARAD’s Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering will review all timely programs. Additional input may be provided to the Review Panel on economic issues by the Office of Financial Approvals, on ecological issues by the Office of Environment, also on legal problems from the Office of Chief Counsel. In addition, higher concerns for the award will be made if applicants’ percentage match donation toward the total project is greater than the minimal and greater compared to other competing grant applications.
In the next review phase, the Senior Review Team, which is led by the Maritime Administrator, will consider applications based upon the input of the Inspection Panel. The Old Review Team will decide which endeavors to progress to the Secretary. In the next stage, the Secretary chooses projects for the final award.