Funds available through this state-federal partnership have the specific purpose of addressing unmet public transient (up to 15 days) dockage needs of recreational vessels 26’ or larger. These transient vessels generally require a minimum depth of 6’ mean low water.
Two levels of funding are available: “BIG Tier 1 – State” and “BIG Tier 2 – National.”
The following actions are eligible for BIG funding if they are for eligible users or eligible vessels:
For additional information about eligible activities, see: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-I/subchapter-F/part-86/subpart-B/section-86.11
Applicants may seek funding for installing pumpout facilities through the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA) instead of including the cost as part of a BIG grant application. Other actions may qualify for BIG funding, subject to approval if they achieve the purposes of BIG.
For Key BIG Sub-grantee Requirements, see: https://dnr.maryland.gov/boating/Documents/BIG-ProgramManualDecember.pdf#page=3