A program of the Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal Fiscal Year 2017
Application Deadline September 9, 2016
- The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established BIG to provide funding to States, the
District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories for the development and maintenance of facilities for transient
nontrailerable recreational vessels.
- The anticipated awarding amount for Boating Infrastructure Grant Program [BIG] Tier 2 Funding is $350,000,000 for this round of funding.
- Funds are awarded to appropriate state agencies for the development and maintenance of facilities for transient,
non-trailerable recreational boats. In New York State, all applicants must apply through NYS OPRHP.
- Please go to http://Grants.gov,
search for CDFA #15.622 to get information and instructions on this program. Should you wish to apply, please contact Melissa Kelts at (518) 474-8902.
- Facilities are on navigable waters, allowing reasonable public access to all recreational vessels, charging
equitable fees, and being open for reasonable periods.
- Facilities construction or renovation is designed to last at least 20 years.
- Facilities are for temporary (less than 15 day visit) use by non-trailerable (greater than or equal to 26 feet) transient
recreational vessels (operated primarily for pleasure).
- Facilities are in water greater than or equal to 6 feet of depth at the lowest tide.
- Facilities provide security, safety, and service (including a pumpout station within 2 miles for overnight facilities).
What is Boating Infrastructure?
Boating Infrastructure refers to features that provide stopover places for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels to tie
up. These features include, but are not limited to:
Mooring buoys, day docks, navigational aids, transient slips, safe harbors, floating docks and fixed piers, floating and fixed
breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities, pumpout stations, recycling and trash
receptacles, dockside electric service, dockside water supplies, dockside pay telephones, debris deflection booms and marine
- Construct, renovate, and maintain either publicly or privately owned boating infrastructure tie-up facilities;
- one time dredging only to give transient vessels safe channel depths between the tie-up facility and maintained channels
or open water; (sometimes allow for depths greater than 6' if justified). The dredging cannot exceed 10% of total BIG project
- install navigational aids, limited to giving transient vessels safe passage between the tie-up facility and maintained
channels or open water;
- grant administration;
- preliminary costs (appraisals, environmental reviews, permits, feasibility studies, site surveys, site planning, preparing
cost estimates, construction plans and specifications);
- information and education materials.
- Projects that do not provide public benefits or are not open to the public;
- involve law enforcement activities;
- significantly degrade or destroy valuable natural resources or alter the cultural or historic nature of the area; construct or
renovate principal structures not expected to last at least 20 years;
- maintenance dredging;
- fund operations or routine, custodial, and janitorial maintenance of the facility;
- tie-up facilities available for occupancy for more than 10 consecutive days by a single party;
- dry land storage;
- haul-out features;
- boating features for trailerable or "car-top" boats such as launch ramps and carry-down walkways;
- conduct surveys
- Provide for public/private and public/public partnerships, efforts to develop, renovate, and maintain BIG facilities. These
partners mus be other than the Service and the lead State agency, but may include a subgrantee.
- One partner beyond the applicant. (5 points)
- Two partners beyond the applicant. (10 points)
- Three partners beyond the applicant. (15 points)
- Note: to receive points for this criterion, you must document partner contribution(s) with a signed letter of commitment from
an authorized representative of the match provider/partner and such cost must be necessary and reasonable to accomplishing the
proposed project objective(s).
- Use innovative techniques to increase the availability of tie-up facilities for transient nontrailerable
recreational vessels (includes education/information). (0-15 points)
- Note: applicants are encouraged to detail how or why the proposed techniques or education/information
materials are innovative and how they increase the availability of tie-up facilities.
- Include private, local, or State funds above the required non-Federal match. If so, identify the percentage
of non-Federal match.
- Twenty-six percent to thirty-five percent (5 points)
- Thirty-six percent to forty-nine percent (10 points)
- Fifty percent and above (15 points)
- Note: non-Federal match contributions must be reasonable and necessary to accomplishing the proposed project
objectives. Do not include items or costs that are not part of the BIG project.
- Be cost efficient. Applications are cost efficient when the tie-up facility or access site features add a high
value of economic return and/or public use compared with the proposed funding. For example, an application that
proposes to construct a small feature such as a transient mooring dock using BIG funds, within an existing facility
with existing features (restrooms, utilities, etc.), adds higher value and opportunity than an application that
proposes to install all of those features (restrooms, utilities, etc.)(0-10 points total).
- Be cost efficient. Projects are cost efficient when the BIG facility or access site features add a high value of economic
return and/or public use compared with the proposed funding. For example, an applicaitn that proposes to construct a small
feature such as a transient mooring dock using BIG funds, within an existing facility with existing features (restrooms,
utilities, etc.), adds higher value and opportunity than an application that proposes to install of those features (restrooms,
utilities, etc.) (0-10 points total). You may receive between 0-5 points for an application based on whether the proposed
project is an enhancement to an existing facility, or additional services, or if the application is for the development
of entirely new supporting infrastructure for the proposed project (e.g., new marina development). Applications to
increase transient space at an existing marina or services will receive a higher score (3-5 points) compared to projects
that propose the development of a brand new marina or supporting infrastructure (0-2 points).
- Also, to demonstrate cost efficiency, applicants should include the number of boat slips for transient nontrailerable
recreational vessels that your project proposes to construct or renovate. This information helps the National Review Panel
determine a Federal cost share per slip estimate, which accounts for half of the points for this criterion. The National
Review Pannel will not award any points for this part of the cost efficiency ranking criterion unless you are proposing to
construct or renovate slips for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels (e.g., 0 points to build a fuel dock only).
The point breakdown is as follows:
- 5 points if the Federal cost share per slip is < $12,500
- 4 points if the Federal cost share per slip is between $12,501 - $24,999
- 3 points if the Federal cost share per slip is between $25,000 - $54,999
- 1 point if the Federal cost share per slip is between $80,000 - $104,999
- 1 point if the Federal cost share per slip is between $80,000 - $104,999
- 0 points if the Federal cost share per slip is > $104,999, or if no slip construction or renovation is proposed in your project.
- Provide a significant link to prominent destinations such as those near metropolitan population centers, cultural or natural
attractions, or that provide safe harbors from storms. (0 to 10 points)
- Note: Applications that propose to construct or renovate facilities that do not include boat slips or tie-ups
will receive 0 points for this ranking criterion, e.g., fuel dock only.
- Provide access to recreational, historic, cultural, natural, or scenic opportunities of national, regional, or
local significance. Projects that provide access to opportunities of national, regional, or local significance receive
5 points each, for a maximum of 15 points.
- Note: Applications receive 5 points for providing access to at least one nationally significant opportunity, and 5 points
for providing access to at least one locally significant opportunity.
- You will not receive more than 5 points for having multiple significant opportunities in any of the above categories.
- It is suggested that you list examples of opportunities, the type of opportunity (i.e., nationally, regionally, or locally
significant), and the time and distance to access such opportunities by boat, car, and bicycle (if appropriate). To receive
points, access to the opportunity must be within a reasonable distance of the project location.
- Provide positive economic impacts to a community. For example, a project that costs $100,000 and attracts a number
of boaters who altogether spend $1 million a year in the community would be providing significant positive economic
impact to a community. (1-5 points)
- Applications that do not address or inadequately address the economic benefits of a project will receive the
minimum score (1).
- To receive higher scores (2-5), an application must address the potential economic impacts to the local
community. You may use a variety of sources to estimate the economic impacts of a project, including previously completed studies
from the local or surrounding area. Although the Service recognizes the importance of boating in general to State and regional
economies, the application must address the potential economic impact on the local area to receive 2 to 5 points for this
- Include multi-State efforts that result in coordinating location of tie-up and other facilities. To receive points
for this criterion, application must include formal documentation of multi-State efforts (e.g., signed memorandum of
agreement, signed letter, etc.)(5 points).