Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of State Parks and Watercraft
Grants to Ohio public and private agencies operating marinas and other boating areas to improve facilities. Funding is intended for the construction of a wide range of improvements to benefit transient boaters. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, restrooms, floating docks and fixed piers, and dockside electric and water services. The BIG Program was created to provide funding for construction of facilities that will enhance boating for non-trailerable (26' or over in length) recreational boats when such boats are in transient status.
There are two levels of funding within the BIG Program:
Tier I grant applications are rated by state: Ohio grants only compete against other Ohio grants for funding. Applications for Tier II funding are scored nationwide. Tier II funding is extremely competitive.
For eligible projects, see http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/portals/watercraft/grants/bigappGuidelines.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 145642
- Tier I: An annual maximum of $100,000 is available to each applying state under the Tier I portion of the BIG Program.
- Tier II: The remainder of the BIG Program annual funding ($8 million nationally, less whatever is awarded under Tier I) is typically awarded to larger projects under Tier II.
The agreement period may be up to three years.
Applicants cannot start a project until entering into a formal agreement with ODNR. No reimbursement will be given for any work performed prior to entering into a formal agreement with ODNR.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
All grant proposals are due to:
ODNR Division of Watercraft
2045 Morse Road Building C-4
Columbus OH 43229-6693
Direct questions to:
Ted Welsh, Division of Watercraft
Resource Planning Section
Telephone: (614) 265-6410
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