Grant money available for transient recreational boating facilities

The world-renowned Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. [photo courtesy OIFC]

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program for federal fiscal year 2024. The Request for Proposals is published on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries BIG Website FY 2024 Request for Proposals.

BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate, or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.

DMF serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program. Proposals must be submitted to the DMF to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, Internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.

BIG funds are awarded each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 – State grants, all states may receive up to $300,000 per grant cycle as long as proposals meet the program’s guidelines. Tier 2 – National grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $300,000 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.

The deadline for applications to be received by the state Division of Marine Fisheries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. Please refer to RFP requirements for proposal submission.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Website, N.C. Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, or contact Vicky Pohoresky, Federal Aid Coordinator for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries at (252) 808-8016, or, Vicky.Pohoresky@deq.nc.gov.

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