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Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP)

Grants to Florida Agencies to
Promote Boating Access

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

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04/06/21 Close of Business


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Grants to Florida local government agencies to address the needs of boaters and support boating-related activities throughout the state. Funding is intended to promote boating access projects and other boating-based initiatives on coastal and/or inland waters of Florida. Eligible projects include but are not limited to channel marking, boating access facilities, removal of abandoned vessels, and boater education.

Types of applications:

  • New: Project applications that have never been reviewed by the FBIP evaluation committee.
  • Reconsideration: Project applications that have been previously reviewed and not selected for funding by the FBIP evaluation committee.
  • Phased Continuation: Applications for large projects or projects with initial planning/pre-construction costs may be submitted in phases, over several years, to maximize funding; however, funding for an initial phase does not guarantee funding for subsequent phases. 

Types of Requests:

  • FCO Design, Engineering, and Permitting Projects: Applicants who have not received all necessary federal, state, and local permits at the time of application will be allowed to apply for planning/preconstruction costs only. Once all necessary permits are received, applicants who seek construction funds for the proposed project site will need to submit a phased continuation application during the next grant cycle.
  • FCO Construction Projects: FCO construction project requests must be fully permitted by all permitting agencies before applying for funds.
  • Non-FCO Projects: Applicants applying for boater education, derelict vessel removal or other nonconstruction boating related activities shall select this type of request. 

Eligible uses of program funds include:

  • Boat ramps; lifts and hoists; marine railways; and other public launching facilities
  • Piers, docks and other mooring facilities
  • Recreational channel marking and other uniform waterway markers
  • Derelict vessel removal
  • Boating education
  • Economic development initiatives that promote boating
  • Other local boating-related activities that enhance boating access for recreational boaters

For additional information about eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154793

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no funding limits for total project costs. Due to limited allocable dollars, applicants with total project costs under $500,000 will higher technical point values.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible participants shall include county governments, municipalities, and other local governmental entities of the State of Florida.

Ineligible applicants shall include private or nonprofit entities.

Applicants shall be ineligible if they have adopted ordinances or rules that allow swimming or that in any way prohibit launching vessels in public boat ramps.

For information about ineligible projects, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance for Applicants

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will offer four technical assistance sessions to potential applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program as outlined below.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 10:00 until noon.
Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 10:00 until noon.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 10:00 until noon.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10:00 until noon.

To register for the sessions, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

Pre-Application Information:

The next application period will be from February 1, 2021 through April 6, 2021, no later than the close of business. Evaluation Committee Meeting: June 28, 2021

Eligible applicants may submit more than one project application for consideration. The project sites must be in different locations and the applicant must rank the priority of projects in their cover letter.

Cost share is not required. However, Applicants who provide some share of the total cost will receive additional points in the technical evaluation. The Applicant’s cost share may be in the form of in-kind services, cash expenditures or partner contributions.

This is a reimbursable grant program. Grant funds will be disbursed to the Recipient only after pre-approved deliverables have been met or completion of the project occurs, and work is verified by Commission staff. Payment will only be made for documented and verified costs.

Contact Information:

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

Submit hard copies and one electronic copy of the application to:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Boating and Waterways Section
Attn: FBIP Administrator
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

Direct questions to:
(850) 488-5600

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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