Changes Due to the Coronavirus
RCO understands that grant applicants may need more time to complete their applications in light of COVID-19. RCO has made the following changes to its BIG grant application process:
- Grant pre-application deadline extended from May 1 to June 1. In the next few weeks, RCO will adjust some of the other deadlines.
- All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well.
- Renovating guest docks
- Installing utilities to moorage docks
- Building moorage docks and floats
Who May Apply?
- Local agencies
- Native American tribes
- Nonprofit organizations active in recreational boating
- Qualified private marina operators
- Special purpose districts, such as port, park and recreation, and public utility districts
- State agencies
Funding generally is awarded every 2 years. Funding comes through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from federal gas taxes deposited in the federal Aquatic Resources Trust Fund.
- Tier 1 generally receives $192,086 annually.
- Tier 2 projects compete nationally for an average of $8 million to $12 million annually. Awards to Washington State projects vary.
|Project Category||Grant Limit|
|Tier 1||Applicants must ask for $5,000 to $192,086.|
|Tier 2||Applicants must ask for $200,001 to $1,440,645.|
All applicants must contribute 25 percent in matching resources.
For applicants other than tribes and stage agencies, at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal source.
Match may include the following:
- Appropriations or cash
- Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
- State, local, and private grants
- Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials
Development or renovation of the following:
- Boarding floats, guest moorage floats, fixed docks, piers, buoys
- Dinghy docks
- Navigational aids
- Upland support facilities such as restrooms, showers, utilities
Education and information publications such as charts, guides, and brochures
- Construction or renovation of boating infrastructure for the following:
- Tie-up slips for stays of more than 15 consecutive days by a single party
- Dryland storage
- Haul-out features
- Features for trailerable or car-top boats (those less than 26 feet long), such as launch ramps and carry-down walkways
- Dredging costs exceeding $200,000
- Land acquisition
Property developed or renovated with these grants must be kept for the useful life of the facility.