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Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP)

Grants to Florida Government Agencies to Construct
Boating Infrastructure and Provide Boating Resources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Conf. Date:

02/28/18

Deadline Date:

04/03/18 Receipt by Close of Business

Description:

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Grants to Florida local government agencies to address the needs of boaters and support boating-related activities throughout the state. Eligible projects include but are not limited to channel marking, boating access facilities, derelict vessel removal, and boater education.

Purpose:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) pursuant to Sections 206.606 and 327.47, F.S., is charged with providing funding through competitive grants for projects designed to serve the needs of boaters and boating-related activities on coastal and inland waters within the State. General provisions, requirements, and information stated herein, together with attachments, and applicable laws and rules, incorporated herein by reference, constitute the program guidelines of the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP).

Statutory Authority:

The FBIP is established in accordance with ss. 206.606(1)(b)3., F.S., to fund local projects to provide recreational channel marking and other uniform waterway markers, public boat ramps, lifts, and hoists, marine railways, and other public launching facilities, derelict vessel removal, and other local boating-related activities.

Section 327.47, F.S. authorizes the Commission to fund projects through a competitive grant program for the construction and maintenance of publicly owned boat ramps, piers and docks, boater education and economic development initiatives that promote boating in the state.

Section 328.72(15), F.S. authorizes a competitive grants program for public launching facilities.

Eligible Uses of Program Funds:

Only those funds necessary for the planning, design, engineering, permitting, development, new construction, expansion or rehabilitation of projects statewide on coastal and inland waters that enhance recreational boating for motorized vessels through projects in the following categories:

A. Recreational Channel Marking and Other Uniform Waterway Markers:
-Costs associated with the installation, repair, or replacement of signs or buoys marking an FWC permitted boating restricted zone.
-Costs associated with the installation, repair, or replacement of permitted signs or buoys marking a channel to/from a recreational boating access facility.
-Costs associated with the installation, repair, or replacement of permitted signs or buoys which provide information to recreational boaters (other than aids to navigation).

B. Boating Access Facilities:
-Costs associated with the design, engineering, permitting, construction, repair, or enhancement of publicly owned boat ramps, lifts, hoists, marine railways, other public launching facilities, and associated amenities for recreational boaters.
-Costs associated with the design, engineering, permitting, construction, repair, or enhancement of publicly-owned piers and docks, mooring fields, and associated amenities for recreational boaters.
-Costs associated with the design, engineering, permitting, construction, repair, or enhancement of associated amenities for recreational boaters. Eligible amenities include boarding docks, staging areas, restrooms, trailer parking, access roads, dry storage facilities, utilities hook-ups, laundry facilities, fueling docks and educational kiosks.

C. Derelict Vessel Removal:
-Costs for the removal and disposal of derelict vessels as defined in section 823.11, Florida Statutes. A sworn law enforcement officer must determine a vessel meets the definition in statute and this determination must be verified by the Commission in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Statewide At-Risk and Derelict Vessel Database to be eligible for removal.
-Only derelict vessels that are located on the public waters of the state may be removed with grant funds.

D. Boater Education:
-Costs associated with projects that will increase public knowledge of boating issues through brochures, pamphlets, boaters guides, educational programs, or kiosks.

E. Other Local Boating-Related Activities:
-Costs associated with non-construction projects that increase or enhance boating access for recreational boaters including, but not limited to, research, studies, or planning to determine the need for additional boating access or improvements.
-Costs associated with projects that improve boater safety, boater education, or boater understanding of waterway regulations.
-Costs associated with construction projects (excluding boat ramps, lifts, hoists, marine railways, piers, docks, or other public launching facilities) that increase boating access for recreational boaters.
-Costs associated with projects that provide economic development and promote boating in the state.

The Commission reserves the right to use Program funds to fulfill the non-federal match requirements for grants funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Act Boating Access Program in order to make best use of available resources.

Pre-Award Costs:

Costs for surveys, environmental reviews, working drawings, construction plans and specifications, engineering, design, or permitting required to begin a project are allowable as pre- award costs or pre-award cost share, only if the application clearly identifies the costs as occurring prior to the application being submitted, and a detailed explanation is provided as to why the costs were necessary prior to the application being submitted.

Priority Consideration:

Bonus points, as stipulated in the Evaluation Criteria, will be awarded based on priority consideration established in s. 206.606 and 328.72, Florida Statutes.

If a municipality is located within a county that meets the criteria stipulated for priority consideration, that municipality shall also be given priority.

Counties must submit an annual detailed accounting report of vessel registration revenues to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as required in Section 328.72(15), Florida Statues, to be eligible for bonus points.

If applicable, bonus points will be added to the score for the qualitative evaluation and the technical evaluation to determine an applicant’s final score.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154793

Term of Contract:

Applications for large projects may be submitted in phases, over several years, to maximize funding; however, funding for an initial phase does not guarantee funding for subsequent phases.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Participants:

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

Ineligible Uses of Program Funds:

Program Funds will not be awarded for projects that do not directly relate to the enhancement of boating or boating access within the state.

Costs listed below are not eligible for reimbursement under this Program:

-Costs for the construction or repair of any facilities not directly related to boating access (such as park benches, gazebos, trails, fishing piers, picnic areas, general parking for picnic areas, restrooms and walkways for picnic areas, etc.)
-Costs for the construction or repair of any boating access facilities not open to the general public on a first come, first served basis with no qualifying requirements such as club membership or stock ownership or equity interest.
-Costs associated with preparation of grant application(s). This includes overhead, payroll, salaries or accounting costs.
-Costs related to the acquisition of real property.
-Costs for any legal fees.
-Costs associated with ordinary operation, or routine maintenance of the proposed project. This includes costs to provide power, water or sewer or any other utilities or services to the facility for the stipulated length of the Grant Agreement.
-Costs expended for any type or form of security activities, watchmen, fee collection, maintenance or other personnel costs.
-Costs associated with the acquisition or use of any type of equipment such as park equipment, vehicles, lawn care, dredge, computers, projectors, or other capital equipment used for operation and maintenance of the existing or completed project.
-Costs associated or directly related to a component of a project that would create or increase a boating safety hazard.
-Costs for any type of general business, marketing or promotional plans.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FWC will host training sessions for eligible applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grants Program. The training sessions will be held in the following locations:

February 21, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)
Farris Bryant Building Auditorium
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee

February 22, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)
Lovett E. Williams Jr. Wildlife Research Lab
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1105 SW Williston Road, Gainesville

February 23, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
Florida Highway Patrol Office
6030 CR 2321, Panama City

February 27, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)
Southwest Region Office
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
3900 Drane Field Road, Lakeland

February 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)
South Region Office
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
8535 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach

Space is limited. Please RSVP via email by February 14 to reserve your place.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must agree to provide a share of the total project cost. The applicant’s cost share may be in the form of in-kind services or cash expenditures.

Applicants are encouraged to seek cash funds from other sources including state or local grants to help leverage the maximum amount of grant funds available. However, Applicants can use the county-retained portion of vessel registration fees for recreational channel markers, derelict vessel removal, and public launching facility projects only.

Applications for projects that are located within a current Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern, as established by Executive Order, will be given additional consideration by automatically being assigned the maximum points for cost share in the evaluation.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will accept applications for Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) grants from February 1, 2018 through close of business on April 3, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be ineligible for consideration.

The Commission will not approve a request for any advance in Program Funds. The Recipient must have the financial capability to process invoices and make timely payments to contractors, vendors, etc. pending receipt of Program funds for reimbursement of project expenses.

Contact Information:

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

Division of Law Enforcement
Boating and Waterways Section
Florida Boating Improvement Program
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

P: (850) 488-5600
F: (850) 488-9284
fbip@MyFWC.com

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