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

IMPORTANT DATES:

Conference Date

08/10/22

Intent to Apply Date

09/01/22

Application Deadline

11/01/22

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ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Washington

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Boating Facilities Program (BFP)

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #147294

Grant Description

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.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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-proposal Conference:

Join the funding source on August 10th for the Application Webinar from 10:00 – 10:50. Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO6gqj8iGtDo4JY49B8hi0zPctYmrB6a

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Schedule:
- Application Webinar, Applications Open: August 10, 2022
- Plan Due: September 1, 2022
- Application Due: November 1, 2022
- Technical Review: November 15, 2022 - November 17, 2022
- Technical Completion Deadline: January 13, 2023
- Project Evaluation: February 14, 2023 - February 16, 2023
- Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: April 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023 estimate
- Board Awards Grants: June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023 estimate

Applicants must contribute 25 percent for local agency projects, nothing for state agency projects.

How to Apply: https://rco.wa.gov/grants/apply-for-a-grant/

Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here: https://youtu.be/lFhpytbubIg

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://rco.wa.gov/recreation-and-conservation-office-grants/apply-for-a-grant/

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
E-mail: info@rco.wa.gov

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