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Boating Access Grant

Grants to Texas Local Governments for Construction
or Renovation of Public Access Boat Ramps

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

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Grants to Texas local governments for the construction or renovation of recreational boat ramps providing public access to public waterways. Local government sponsors must provide the site, offer access to the proposed ramp, cover a portion of the development costs, and accept the maintenance responsibilities for a minimum 25-year period.

Eligible Projects:

-Launching facilities, such as ramps and boat lifts
-Loading docks
-Land acquisition
-Fish cleaning stations
-Restrooms, sewage treatment facilities, showers, potable water, security lights
-Parking areas associated with the access facilities
-Camping facilities at areas accessible only by boat (must be accessible to motorboats)
-Access roads, bridges, signals, and other requirements to provide the public access to boating facilities
-Engineering (planning and design), and environmental clearance and permit costs
-Retaining walls to protect integrity of boat ramps and associated parking lots (limited to 200 feet on either side of constructed facilities)
-Dredging, stump removal, and aquatic weed control when activity can be shown to clear lanes to make water body more accessible primarily for recreational motorboats as opposed to general navigation
-Navigational aids in the immediate area of access facilities
-Signage for effective use of access facilities and recognition of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

The local sponsor must be willing to assume all maintenance responsibilities, including grass mowing and weed control, litter/refuse pick-up and removal, signage maintenance, security surveillance, plus necessary repairs and renovations, as needed, to ensure public use and safety.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164582

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount which may be requested for assistance is $500,000 in matching grant funds.

Term of Contract:

Program assistance will be in the form of a one-time grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local government sponsors must make an application.

Sponsors must provide the land, provide access to the proposed boat ramp, and accept operation and maintenance responsibilities for a minimum 25-year period.

Pre-Application Information:

The Boating Access Grant Program provides a 75% matching grant. Local government sponsors must supply 25% of the development costs.

This is a reimbursement program. The sponsor is required to initially pay for project expenditures which later are to be reimbursed by the State.

The deadline for this program is October 1st each year.

Recommendations to fund individual projects typically will be placed on the January and August Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Trey Cooksey, Boating Access Program Manager
(512) 389-8743

Robin Kolton, Project Coordinator
(512) 389-8668

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

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USA: Texas