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Grants to Washington Agencies, Districts,
and Tribes to Improve Boating Facilities

Boating Facilities Program (BFP)

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Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

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Grants to Washington government agencies, tribes, and districts for the acquisition, development, and renovation of boating facilities. Applicants must submit plans prior to the application deadline. Facilities may serve motorized boats or other watercraft, and may include guest moorage, support facilities, and launching ramps.

Typical Projects: 

  • Renovating boat launches
  • Adding guest moorage facilities
  • Building parking, restrooms, and other boating amenities

Eligible Projects: 

  • Acquisition
  • Development
  • Dredging, including both capital construction and periodic activities to remove materials deposited due to unforeseen events; dredging must extend facility usefulness for at least 5 years.
  • Moorage floats, fixed docks, and buoys for guest boaters
  • Parking and staging areas
  • Permits
  • Planning
  • Ramps and fixed hoists for launching, loading floats
  • Renovation
  • Sewage pump-out stations and porta-potty dump stations
  • Support facilities upland, such as restrooms, showers, and picnic facilities used exclusively or primarily by guest recreational boaters

Property acquired, developed, or renovated with Boating Facilities Program grants must be kept for public outdoor recreation use forever.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147294

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Grant Limits:
- Acquisition projects: $1 million
- Development projects: $1 million
- Combination of acquisition and planning or acquisition and development: $1 million
- Planning (architecture, engineering, environmental review, permitting): The lesser of $200,000 or 20 percent of the estimated construction cost for a development or combined acquisition and development project.

Term of Contract:

- Acquisition (single site) projects: 1-2 years
- Acquisition (multi-site) projects: 2-3½ years
- Combination projects: 2-3½ years
- Development projects: 2-3 years
- Planning projects: 1-3 years
- Exceptionally complex projects: 3½ years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Local agencies
- Park and recreation districts
- Public utility districts
- Port districts
- Native American Tribes
- State agencies

The above entities must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities.

Ineligible Projects, Activities, and Costs:
- Any facility for leased, exclusive use or moorage for more than 14 consecutive days. Long-term moorage may be allowed if the sponsor has a Use Certification from RCO.
- Any facility for commercial use or commercial vessels.
- Maintenance dredging.
- Concession buildings or space.
- Fuel sales equipment including piping, fuel pumps, and storage tanks.
- Mobile vessel transporters.
- Those on waters prohibiting gasoline-powered motors.
- Those primarily for non-gasoline powered watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, or diesel-powered craft.
- Those serving non-boater related fishing, including off-shore platforms or fishing piers

Ineligible Planning Projects
- Design of facilities that do not meet the BFP eligible project criteria.
- Design of facilities that do not provide access to the general public.
- Development of plans for private facilities.
- Master plans, comprehensive plans, or feasibility studies.
- Planning for sites or facilities that will not result in an eligible BFP project

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Schedule:
- Plan Due: September 1, 2020
- Applications Open and Webinar Posted: August 10, 2020
- Application Due: November 1, 2020
- Technical Review: November 16, 2020-November 18, 2020
- Technical Completion Deadline: January 14, 2021
- Project Evaluation: February 16, 2021-February 18, 2021
- Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: April 1, 2021-April 30, 2021 (Estimate)
- Board Awards Grants: June 29, 2021-June 30, 2021 (Estimate)

RCO grant managers are available to answer questions about this manual and grant program.

Local agencies and special purpose districts must provide 25 percent match for each project, and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution. State applicants do not need to provide match. Tribes need to provide 25 percent match.

To apply for this funding, grant applicants must have completed a comprehensive recreation or conservation plan. September 1 is the planning deadline. This ensures applicants complete the planning process before applying for grants. Agencies that apply for grants in the same year that their planning eligibility expires must ensure that their planning eligibility extends through the board meeting in which the projects first are considered.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Recreation and Conservation Office
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington Street
Olympia, WA 98501

Telephone: (360) 902-3000
FAX: (360) 902-3026
Hearing Impaired Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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