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Boating Infrastructure Grant

Grants to Vermont Public and Private Boatyards
and Marinas to Improve Transient Boating Facilities

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

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Grants to Vermont public and private boatyards and marinas and public parks to support the installation or upgrade of transient boating facilities. Funding may be requested for the renovation, construction, and maintenance of tie-up facilities for use by transient boaters with vessels 26 feet or greater in length.

Eligible Projects:
-Mooring buoys
-Navigational aids (channel markers, buoys, directional information)
-Transient slips (slips that boaters with nontrailerable recreational vessels occupy for no more than 10 consecutive days)
-Safe harbors for transients
-Floating docks and fixed piers
-Floating breakwaters
-Dinghy docks
-Dockside utilities
-Pumpout stations
-Dockside electric service and water supplies

Charting for Transient Docking:
Under the Boating Infrastructure Grant program there is no specific requirement on what marinas can charge for their slips. However, it must be reasonable and competitive with other marinas in the area.

Stay Limits:
Transient boaters cannot stay longer than 10 consecutive days.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170462

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are two levels of funding:

-Tier 1: The Department, as the administering entity for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, can apply for up to $100,000 in non-competitive grant funding with eligible projects.

-Tier 2: The department can also apply for additional funding under a nationally competitive grant application process. The Tier 2 proposals are typically for larger projects, sometimes over $1,000,000, but there is no minimum amount for the grant request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private marina, boatyard, or state, county, or municipal park wishing to install or significantly upgrade their transient boater facilities is eligible.

Facilities must also meet the following minimum criteria:
-Water depth must be at least 6 feet deep at low water
-Open to the public
-Able to accommodate boats 26 feet in length or greater
-Within two miles of a public pumpout facility
-Located on navigable waters

The department encourages local governments and private facilities to partner in this program by submitting joint grant requests.

Pre-Application Information:

Approved projects are given funding for up to 75 percent of the total cost of the project. The remaining funds must come from the grant recipient.

All applicants must call the Department prior to starting an application to ensure project eligibility and obtain the most up-to-date information on funding and the application process.

Applications can be submitted at any time. However, the application deadline is August 15 or the following Monday if the 15th is a Saturday or Sunday. At this time all applications submitted throughout the year are reviewed, scored, and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, typically by the end of the calendar year.

All funds are awarded to the Fish & Wildlife Department as the administering entity for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

The Department is generally notified by January of grant awards, and will in turn notify all applicants of their application status.

Contact Information:

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

Call the department at (802) 828-1000 prior to starting an application.

For more information about the application process, email:

Mike Wichrowski

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont