BIG Applications Now Being Accepted

The FY2019 Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Notice of Funding Opportunities has been posted with applications due to the federal BIG office by September 10. States will have their own deadlines that are generally a month or two earlier.

The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established the BIGProgram (16 U.S.C. 777g-1) to provide funding for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet in length that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure. Projects can include boat docks, restroom and laundry facilities, fuel systems and docks, aids to navigation, and more. There are two funding tiers. Tier one is for projects under $200,000 with grant distribution determined by each state. Tier two projects grants are for projects up to $1.5 million and compete with similar sized projects across the United States. Both grants require a minimum 25 percent match.

Guidelines and criteria are available here.

In general, each application must include the following:

Project Summary
Project Statement
Timetable
Budget Narrative
Response to Ranking Criteria
Geographical location/drawings/maps/photographs

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