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Boating Facilities Fund (BFF)

Grants to Maine Agencies, Marinas, and Clubs to
Improve Public Recreational Boating Facilities

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Bureau of Parks and Public Lands

Deadline Date:

08/23/17 Close of Business (5:00 PM) or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Maine local, state, and tribal government agencies, special purpose agencies (such as water districts), private marinas, and fish and game clubs to develop and maintain public recreational boating facilities. The pre-application site inspection request is due May 10. Projects must result in improved recreational boating access to the waters of the State of Maine.

Purpose of the Boating Facilities Fund:

-For the acquisition, development and renovation of public recreational boat access sites providing access to the waters of Maine.

-To assist towns, cities, districts and other public and private agencies in the acquisition, development, enhancement, or rehabilitation of boat launching facilities available to the general public.

-Sites on both tidal and non-tidal waters are eligible.

-Funding is available to assist in the development of hand-carry as well as trailered boat launching facilities. However, since the Fund derives its revenue from a portion of the State gasoline taxes generated by recreational motor boat use, priority is given to funding launching facilities that can be used by both motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

-The fund is not intended to provide commercial boating access or non-boating water access, e.g., opportunities for bank fishing, sight-seeing, picnicking, where recreational boat launching is not the principal activity.

-Grants may be monetary or in the form of materials, e.g., floats and concrete planking for ramps.

A grant may be used for:

Development Projects:
-Professional design/engineering services
-Approved construction costs
-Administrative costs such as advertising for bids and recording deeds
-Permit fees paid to external regulators
-Construction management and inspection costs.

Land Acquisition Projects (allowed by special exception):
-Land appraisal, legal, and other professional services associated with the acquisition of land rights needed for the project
-Purchase of land rights up to appraised fair market value.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135183

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must have (or be seeking to obtain) right, title or interest in the land to be developed including vehicle access to the property which legally assures that the site will be available to the general public as a recreational boating facility.

Grants may be awarded to any of the following:
-Local governmental agencies (cities, towns, counties)
-Special purpose agencies, such as Water Districts
-State agencies
-Other governmental agencies (Indian Tribal Governments)
-Other entities such as fish and game clubs, private marinas, etc.

A grant will not pay for:
-Expenses incurred prior to the Bureau's approval of an application for funding assistance, except minor planning and design fees
-Costs related to non-boating related features such as picnic tables, shelters, trails, etc.
-Costs associated with improvements designed to service commercial use

Pre-Application Information:

BFF funding may be up to 50 percent, or the grant cap ($150,000), of a project’s approved total cost. However, the applicant’s match will be weighed in the competitive grant award process. The BFF grant is a reimbursement grant, meaning the sponsor must be able to pay for the project costs in full as they are incurred.

A pre-application inspection by Bureau staff must be completed before an application is submitted. Pre-application inspections must be requested no later than the close of business (5:00 PM) May 10, 2017, and completed before the grant application deadline.

Applications must be submitted on or before close of Business (5:00 PM) Wednesday, August 23, 2017 or postmarked on that date.

NOTE: The Boating Facilities Program also offers an expedited grant process for grants of boarding floats and concrete boat ramp planks for previously funded boating facilities seeking to renovate the boat ramp or replace worn out floats. More information may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Thomas Linscott, Director, Boating Facilities Program

Boating Facilities Program Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

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USA: Maine