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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Grants to Florida Municipalities and Agencies, Tribes, Marina
Operators, and Nonprofits for Public Boating Facilities Projects

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

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07/01/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Florida municipalities, tribes, private marina operators, government agencies, and nonprofits for projects that benefit public boating facilities. Applicants are responsible for required permits and abiding by federal regulation requirements. Funding is intended to develop, renovate, and maintain public boating facilities that target recreational boats 26 feet long and larger.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction or renovation of boating infrastructure for transient vessels such as:
    • slips
    • floating docks
    • fixed piers and breakwaters
    • day docks
    • dinghy docks
    • restrooms and showers
    • mooring systems
    • dockside utilities
    • marine fueling stations
  • Engineering, planning, permitting, and contracting
  • Dredging
  • Installation of navigational aids
  • Production of educational materials

Additional information on eligible activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175114

Number of Grants:

Tier One: The Commission is awarded funding for one or more projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier 1: $5,000 to $200,000
Tier 2: $200,001 to $1,500,000. USFWS expects to award approximately $9-14 million per funding cycle (based on availability).

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients have 3-years from the award date to fulfill the obligation requirements. Awards that are not obligated within the 3-year window are withdrawn and the project considered closed. Applicants have 5-years from the obligation date to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must agree to abide by all of the Commission's rules, policies, and
procedures, as well as all State and Federal laws that may apply. Grants may be made to the following organizations:
- Cities
- Port Districts
- Towns
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Counties
- Private Operators
- Native American tribes
- State Agencies
- Some special purpose districts, if legally authorized to acquire and develop public
outdoor recreation facilities

A private operator or nonprofit organization must meet all the following eligibility requirements:
- Have a DUNS number to track how Federal money is allocated.
- Have an equivalent successor identified in its articles of organization.
- Not require exclusive use of the facilities funded through this program.
- Not discriminate based on any protected class.
- Provide evidence that its primary purpose or business is recreational boating.
- Meet Federal eligibility requirements.

Ineligible applicants: Any grantee, sub-grantee, or contractor of any grantee or sub-grantee that has been debarred or suspended from programs and activities involving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits are ineligible to apply for BIGP grant funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host training sessions for eligible applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The training sessions will be held in the following locations:

Monday, January 13, 2020
10:00 am to noon
Bryant Building Room 272, 620 South Meridian St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tenoroc PUA Shooting Center, 3755 Tenoroc Mine Rd, Lakeland, FL 33805

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:00 am to noon
Lovett E Williams Jr Wildlife Research Lab, 1105 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, FL 32601

Thursday, January 16, 2020
10:00 am to noon
NW Regional Office, 3911 Highway 2321, Panama City, FL 32409

Thursday, January 23, 2020
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Miami Law Enforcement Office, 3200 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181

Friday, January 24, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113

Space is limited. Please RSVP to no later than five days prior to the selected workshop date to reserve a place.

Pre-Application Information:

January – April: Potential applicants reach out to FWC for guidance
April 1 – June 1: FWC assists applicants in developing proposals. Pre-applications due to the Commission.
July 1: Applications due to FWC by 5:00 p.m. (Applications received after 7/1 will not be considered)
July: FWC review of applications. FL Tier I & Tier 2 selections are announced
August: FWC enters applications into the FGTS and prepares applications for submission into
September: FWC recommendations are due to USFWS through
March: USFWS notifies FWC and announces awards.

Applicant must contribute a minimum of 25% in matching funds.

Funding is contingent upon:
- Receiving all required permits
- Receiving all required compliance documents
- Successful disbursement of funds from USFWS.

This is a reimbursable grant program. Grant funds will be disbursed to the recipient only after pre-approved deliverables have been met or completion of the project occurs, and work is verified by Commission staff. Payment will only be made for documented and verified costs. The Commission will, in no case, pre-approve or disburse any advance in grant funds. Subgrantees must keep detailed records of all funded project costs including audits, record retention, and documents required for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

Submit application to:

For more information:
(850) 488-5600

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Boating and Waterways Section
Attn: BIGP Administrator
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6000

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