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Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

Grants to Wisconsin Marinas & Public &
Private Agencies for Leisure Boat Facilities

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Deadline Date:

08/28/15 4:30 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin public and private agencies, marinas and other facilities to build, rehabilitate, or maintain boating facilities for transient leisure boats 26 feet in length or more. Applicants may propose small projects funded on the State level or larger projects that compete on the national level.

Funds will be provided for:

1. Construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure tie-up facilities, solely for transient recreational vessels twenty six feet or more in length.

2. Produce information and education materials specific to BIG or BIG funded projects. (i.e. charts, cruising guides, and brochures).

Examples of eligible facilities include but are not limited to the following facilities:

- Mooring buoys
- Day-docks
- Navigational aids (channel markers, directional information)
- Transient slips for non-trailerable recreational vessels occupied for no more than 10 consecutive days)
- Floating docks and fixed piers
- Restrooms
- Dockside utilities
- Pumpout stations
- Recycling and trash receptacles
- Dockside water supplies
- Dockside deflection booms
- Marine fueling stations
- Dredging
- Retaining walls

Special Conditions or Requirements:

- Facilities constructed, operated, or maintained with grant funds must offer reasonable access for all transient recreational vessels for the full period of their useful life.
- Facilities must be open to the public during reasonable time periods.
- Entities may charge fees. Fees must be comparable to the prevailing rate in the area.
- New construction and renovations must be designed to last throughout its useful life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159668

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier 1 - State: Provides up to $200,000 per year to each State.
Tier 2 - National: Provides up to $1,500,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Funds not obligated within three years are reverted and are made available to the U.S. Coast Guard for Boating Safety.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Marinas and other facilities that provide transient tie-up (15 days or less) opportunities for large (26 foot or over in length) recreational boats.

Pre-Application Information:

BIG grants require a minimum of 25% matching funds, federal share not to exceed 75% total costs.

Contact Information:

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

Carol Bentzler
DNR Federal Aid Coordinator

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USA: Wisconsin

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