BIG Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

Funding

$2.2 million

Details

Grant Limit

$1.4 million

Details

Match Requirement

25%

Details

This federal grant program provides funding to develop and renovate boating facilities targeting guest recreational boats 26 feet and larger. Grants also may be used for boater education.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Applications Open

March 3, 2021 

Pre-Application Due

May 17, 2021 

Application Due

July 21, 2021 

Technical Review (Written)

July 26, 2021 - August 13, 2021

Technical Completion Deadline

August 31, 2021 

RCO Submits to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

September 15, 2021 Estimate

Board Awards Grants

June 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022 Estimate

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual

Announcements

Changes Due to the Coronavirus

RCO has made the following changes to its BIG grant application process:

  • All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well.

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Typical Projects

  • 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

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.

Grant Limits

Project CategoryGrant Limit
Tier 1Applicants must ask for $5,000 to $192,086.
Tier 2Applicants must ask for $200,001 to $1,440,645.

Match Details

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
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • State, local, and private grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Eligible Projects

Development or renovation of the following:

  • Boarding floats, guest moorage floats, fixed docks, piers, buoys
  • Breakwaters
  • Dinghy docks
  • Navigational aids
  • Upland support facilities such as restrooms, showers, utilities

Education and information publications such as charts, guides, and brochures

Ineligible Projects

  • 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
  • Maintenance
  • Planning

Long-term Commitment

Property developed or renovated with these grants must be kept for the useful life of the facility.

Other Application Resources

2020 Application Webinar
Application Webinar Q&A