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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:

07/25/18 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 public recreational boating access. A pre-application site inspection by Bureau staff must be completed before an application is submitted. Applicants must request a site inspection no later than April 26. Funding may be used for land acquisition or development.

Generally, the development, and/or renovation of public recreational boating facilities intended for either motorized or non-motorized watercraft use are eligible for financial assistance. The proposed facility must provide recreational boating uses as a primary function open to the general public. A representative of the Boating Facilities Program will establish the preliminary eligibility of a particular proposal through a pre-application site inspection. An authorized agent of the applicant must request the pre-application inspection. *Pre-inspection is required for all applications. Request must be made by April 26, 2018. Program staff will contact applicants to schedule an inspection between May 1st and May 18th.

Purpose of the Boating Facilities Fund:
-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, 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:

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, 2020.

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 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.

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:

The program is administered under the direction of the Director, BPL. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis, for up to 50% of approved costs.

A pre-application site inspection by Bureau staff must be completed before an application is submitted. All projects must request a site pre-application inspection by close of business (5:00 PM) Wednesday, April 26, 2018. Program staff will contact applicants to schedule an inspection between May 1st and May 18th. Pre-application site inspections must be completed before the grant application deadline.

Applications must be submitted on or before close of Business (5:00 PM) Wednesday, July 25, 2018 or postmarked on that date.

Contact Information:

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

Heather Seiders, Boating Facilities Program

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

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