Port Grain Car Program

The Washington State “Grain Train” Grain Car Program was established during the ‘90s when there was a grain car shortage in Eastern Washington. The Grain Car Program allows farmers in Eastern Washington to rent grain cars at a rate of $0.38 per hour and $0.063 per mile in order to transport their grain to shipping terminals such as Northwest Grain Growers, which leases properties from the Port, and allows Eastern Washington grain to be transported efficiently to Pacific Rim markets. The Port assisted this program by purchasing 18 grain railcars for $450,000 ($200,000 Oil Rebate Grant + $250,000 Capital Investment) in June 1999, putting them into service in April 2000. Currently, there are 118 grain cars in total, 100 owned by WSDOT and the remainder owned by the Port.

The Grain Car Program does not cost taxpayers anything, and the Port makes approximately $22,000 per year after maintenance fees and management fees from WSDOT.

Click here for more information on the project from WSDOT.

Click here to see information on the Port’s total revenues and expenses for the Grain Cars owned by the Port.

Port Tourism Fund

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Port Tourism Grant.  The Port’s 2020 Annual Tourism Budget is approximately $30,000 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) to support tourism events that attract out-of-county visitors to the Walla Walla Valley. The maximum tourism funding request is $2,000.  Port tourism funds can only be used for advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting visitors to Walla Walla County.  Port funds cannot be used to underwrite general expenses associated with a tourism event.

The Port has a formal Port Tourism Application (PDF) which can be downloaded below:

2020 Port Tourism Application (Fillable PDF Application)

To apply, complete the above 2020 Port Tourism Application. The Port accepts tourism funding applications throughout the year, however, it is always best to apply early in the year before the funding has been fully allocated.

Please Note: It's important you read the attached Port Tourism Policy. In your application you will need to confirm that you have read the policy and will comply with its requirements. 


The Port of Walla Walla Commissioners are:
Ron Dunning
Mike Fredrickson
Kip Kelly