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Boating Facilities Program (BFP)

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

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Grants to Washington government agencies, tribes, and districts for the acquisition, development, and renovation of boating facilities. Planning requirements are due by March 1. Facilities may serve motorized boats or other watercrafts, 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:
-Planning (architecture, engineering, environmental review, permitting)
-Moorage floats, fixed docks, and buoys for guest boaters
-Parking and staging areas
-Permits (procurement) when required
-Ramps and fixed hoists for launching, loading floats
-Sewage pump-out stations and "porta-potty" dump stations
-Support facilities (upland), such as restrooms, showers, and picnic facilities used exclusively or primarily by transient recreational boaters
-Dredging, including both capital construction and periodic activities to remove materials deposited due to unforeseen events; dredging must extend facility usefulness for at least five years. (Revised Code of Washington 79A.25.080)

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147294

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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:
-Any facility for leased, exclusive use, or long-term moorage
-Any facility primarily 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
-Master plans or feasibility studies

Pre-Application Information:

Funding Anticipated (Average): $8 million biennially, with $4 million each for state and local agencies every other year, and $2 million for local agencies every year.

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.

Some grant programs require that you complete a recreation or conservation plan before you apply for a grant. Adopted plans must be submitted to the Recreation and Conservation Office by March 1 in even-numbered years. More information about planning requirements may be found here:

You must request a Login ID and Password if you don't already have one. Staff will create a PRISM account for you, and your login name and temporary password will be e-mailed to you within two working days.

The grant evaluation process is 7 months.

Grant Schedule:
-Plans Establishing Grants Eligibility Due: March 1, 2018
-Applications Due: November 1, 2018
-Technical Review: November 13-15, 2018
-Technical Completion Deadline: January 4, 2019
-Project Evaluation: January 29-31, 2019
-Board Meeting – Lists Approved: Spring 2019
-Board Meeting – Grants Awarded: June 2019
-Successful Applicant Workshop: Fall 2019

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

Request a PRISM Login ID and Password if you don't already have one:

To begin an application, go to PRISM to access the Application Wizard and select “Get Started/Start New Application”:

Recreation and Conservation Office
PO Box 40917
Olympia WA 98504-0917

Telephone: (360) 902-3000
TTY: (360) 902-1996

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