Boating Infrastructure Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Government Agencies to
Develop Transient Moorage for Recreational Motorboats

GrantWatch ID#: 143610
Agency Type:


Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission


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Grants to Pennsylvania municipal agencies, state agencies, or other government entities who operate public boating facilities for projects that will develop and sustain transient moorage (tie-ups) serving recreational motorboats. Motorboats should be 26 feet or longer. Transient means passing through or by a place, staying ten days or less. Applicants may charge for the facility; however the Commission encourages the free use of facilities constructed under this program.

Eligible project activities include the construction, renovation, and maintenance of transient tie up facilities. Boating infrastructure refers to features that provide stopover places for transient non-trailerable recreational vessels to tie up. These features include transient slips, day docks, floating docks and fixed piers, navigational aids, and dockside utilities including electric, water, and pump-out stations.

There are two "tiers" of grant support. Tier 1 provides funding for small-scale projects. Up to $100,000 is available annually to each state. Tier 2 is for projects that request more than $100,000. Tier 2 projects compete nationally in a process managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tier 1: Up to $100,000
Tier 2: For projects that request more than $100,000

Grants may be made to public and private operators of open-to-the-public boating facilities: municipal agencies (cities, towns, counties, etc.), state agencies (State Parks, DNR, Fish & Wildlife, etc.), and other government entities.

Applicants Responsibilities under the Grant Program:

- The property or facilities funded with Boating Infrastructure assistance must be designed and built to be useable for at least 20 years.
- Facilities should be built on navigable waters available to the public in water deep enough for non-trailerable recreational vessels to navigate.
- Grant recipients must also install navigational aids to allow safe passage for transient vessels between the tie up facility and the channels or open water.
- Other commitments include ensuring proper maintenance of new developments/renovations, facilitating audits, providing for nondiscrimination, etc.

Project sponsors must provide at least 25 percent of the resources needed to complete the project. Availability of these resources must be confirmed before project approval. Resources used for the match may come from a variety of sources, including: appropriations, bond issues, agency labor, and donations (including cash, labor, materials and equipment).

Applications are due August 15 with successful proposals approved early in the following year.

Project sponsors do not receive grant funds at the time of funding approval. Rather, reimbursement takes place after the sponsor certifies that expenditures have been made.

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

To participate contact:

PA Fish and Boat Commission
Bureau of Boating and Education
Boating Facility Grant Program
PO Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000

Phone: 717-346-8196

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