Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Grants to Texas local government agencies to renovate existing or construct new boat ramps that offer recreational boaters access to public waters. Project sponsors must provide the land, maintain access to the proposed ramp facilities, and agree to operate and maintain the ramp for a minimum 25-year period.
The State Boating Access Program receives funding from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Funds for the federal program are derived from the federal gasoline tax generated by sales of gasoline for recreational motorboats and a federal excise tax on the sales of fishing tackle and trolling motors. Fifteen percent of the state’s annual apportionment from this federal program must be used to provide public recreational boating access.
Program assistance will be in the form of a one-time grant, and 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 insure public use and safety.
Launching facilities, such as ramps and boat lifts:
-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
GrantWatch ID#: 164582
The maximum amount which may be requested for assistance is $500,000 in matching grant funds.
Program assistance will be in the form of a one-time grant.
Local government sponsors may apply.
This grant program provides 75% matching grant funds. Local government must supply 25% of the development costs.
Sponsors requesting assistance for new boating access facilities must submit an application to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and have it approved prior to any construction activities for which assistance is requested.
These funds are allocated annually through the federal Sport Fish Restoration Act. 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.
This is a reimbursement program, the sponsor is required to initially pay for project expenditures which later are to be reimbursed by the State.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Trey Cooksey, Boating Access Program Manager
Robin Kolton, Project Coordinator