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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:

07/24/19 Submitted on or before Close of Business (5:00 PM) or postmarked by date


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Grants to Maine government agencies, special purpose districts, Tribal governments, and other organizations, such as private marinas and fish and game clubs, to enhance access to public recreational boating. A pre-application site inspection by Bureau staff must be completed before an application is submitted.

The purpose of the Boating Facilities Fund is to assist towns, cities, districts, and other public and private agencies in the acquisition, development, enhancement, or rehabilitation of boat launching facilities on waters of Maine that are 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, priority is given to funding launching facilities that can be used by both motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

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.

Allowable costs:

Facilities funded by Boating Facility Funds must be primarily for recreational boating use by the general public. Commercial use of the facilities may be permitted provided the commercial use does not interfere with the recreational use by the general public, including use of the associated parking facilities.

The Bureau will require grant recipients to provide components accessible by persons with disabilities, where feasible, at all new and renovated sites to the greatest extent possible, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and revisions. Accessible components may include, but are not necessarily limited to parking spaces, accessible routes, docks and boarding floats, toilet structures, stairways, and signs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135183

Estimated Size of Grant:

BFF grants can provide up to $150,000 of the allowable costs for eligible projects.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

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:

Applications must be submitted on or before close of Business (5:00 PM), Wednesday, July 24, 2019 or postmarked on that date.

A pre-application site inspection must be requested no later than April 17, 2019, 5:00 PM, and completed by Bureau staff before a grant application is submitted. Division staff will contact applicants between April 22 and April 26 to schedule an inspection.

Generally, the recreational boating component of facilities will be funded with a match requirement of no less than 25%. The match may include: cash; donated (full or partial) labor, materials, services, equipment; federal, other state, and local funds; or land.

The Boating Facilities Division 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. See the program’s web site at:

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be submitted to:

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Attn: Thomas Linscott, Director
Boating Facilities Program
18 Elkins Lane
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

Heather Seiders, Boating Facilities Program

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USA: Maine