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Boating Facility Grants - Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

Grants to Ohio Public and Private Agencies
to Improve Boating Facilities

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of State Parks and Watercraft

Deadline Date:

07/01/20

Description:

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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: An annual maximum of $100,000 is available to each applying state under the Tier I portion of the BIG Program. States must submit projects that meet program requirements, but they are not competing for the funds against other states. Tier I is designed for smaller projects that add transient boating infrastructure to the area.
  • 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. Tier II projects that qualify at the state level are then competitively judged at the national level. Top scoring projects are awarded an eligible for funding status by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Awarded projects are fully funded as long as funds are available.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145642

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

BIG Program funds are available to public and private agencies and marinas and other facilities that provide transient tie-up opportunities for non-trailerable (26' or over in length) recreational boats.

Activities that are not allowed under this program include:
- Routine, custodial and/or janitorial maintenance activities (those that occur regularly on an annual or more frequent basis)
- Construction of slips for long term rental (more than 10 days)
- Construction or maintenance of facilities designed for trailerable boats
- Maintenance dredging
- Dry land storage or haul out facilities
- Activities or construction that does not provide public benefit.

Features proposed under the BIG Program cannot cause damage to the environment nor to historic features. If the scope and nature of your project requires an Environmental Assessment (EA) to be completed, it will be the grantee's responsibility to have the EA prepared and approved. All facilities must comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is July 1.

It is recommended that if you are considering applying for a Tier II project that you contact staff early in the application process so that they can provide assistance on the details of your application.

The applicant is able to provide a minimum 25% match. Additional points are awarded at increments of 26%, 36%, and 50%. A clear statement describing the source of the matching funds is required.

These federal funds can be used to reimburse up to 75% of the approved project costs. The remaining "matching" funds must come from State or local sources. For projects with local units of government and private facilities, the local partnering agency will provide the matching funds. The local partnering agency constructs the project, pays the contractor, and is reimbursed up to 75% of the invoice costs by the Division of Watercraft.

While both tiers of the BIG Program are very competitive; the level of national competition within Tier II is especially high. Successful projects are of a superior nature and are submitted with very thorough applications. To be competitive in Tier II, it is recommended that even the best projects be submitted with a substantial percentage of matching dollars.

Contact Information:

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
ATTN: BIGP
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
E-mail: ted.welsh@dnr.state.oh.us

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