USFWS Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG)

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced more than $12.2 million in competitive grants to 10 states for projects to support recreational boating through the Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. The Service will also release approximately $2 million in grants to 21 states willing to match a smaller program within BIG.

Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees also may use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

The BIG program includes two funding tiers, Tier One (competitive in some states) and Tier Two (nationally competitive). Under Tier One each state, the District of Columbia and insular areas may receive funding for eligible projects up to $100,000 annually. Tier Two funds, up to $1.5 million annually per project, are made available through a nationally competitive process.

Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and gasoline.

Tier One grants include:

Arizona $100,000

Colorado $100,000

Georgia $100,000

Hawaii $100,000

Indiana $100,000

Maine $100,000

Maryland $100,000

Michigan $100,000

Mississippi $100,000

Missouri $100,000

New Jersey $99,870

North Carolina $32,000

Ohio $100,000

Oregon $100,000

Pennsylvania $100,000

Rhode Island $100,000

South Carolina $63,921

Vermont $100,000

Virginia $99,648

Washington $100,000

Wisconsin $100,000


Tier Two competitive grants include:

Transient Boater Facility, City of St. Petersburg, Florida

Harbor View Marina Transient Slips, City of Pensacola, Florida

City Marina Dinghy Docks, City of Fort Pierce, Florida

Transient Boater Facility, Owensboro, Kentucky

58 Fore Street Marina Redevelopment, Portland, Maine

Visiting Transient Boater Project, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Solomon Jacob’s Park Transient Boating Facilities, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Reed Park Transient Boating Improvements, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Somers Point Transient Marina, City of Somers Point, New Jersey

Sheltered Cove Marina Transient Dock Replacement, Tuckerton, New Jersey

Bohicket Marina Expansion, Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Port Royal Landing Marina Transient Facilities, Port Royal, South Carolina

Transient Day Dock Development, City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Whitman Hollow Marina Transient Dock, LaFollette, Tennessee

Pelican Rest Marina Transient Slips, Galveston, Texas

Gray’s Creek Marina Transient Slips, Surrey County, Virginia

Transient Float Replacement, City of Port Angeles, Washington

Point Hudson Jetty Replacement, City of Port Townsend, Washington

For more information about the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program visit: Web:

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service