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Recreational Grant Program - Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG)

Grants to Idaho Public and Private Entities to
Build or Improve Transient Boating Tie-Up Facilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)

Deadline Date:

01/26/18 5:00 PM MST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Idaho public and private entities to construct, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities serving transient boaters using vessels of 26 feet or more. Applicants must consult with their regional specialist in developing an application. Funding may also be used to produce and dissemination educational materials and information about the program.

The guidelines for the BIG Program are prescribed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages the program. Each state has a designated agency, which administers these grants. Idaho’s designated agency is the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).

Any state designated by the Governor to participate on behalf of the state can apply for these grants. States may issue sub-grants and contracts to other public or private entities.

The program has two funding tiers:

1. Tier One ensures a broad geographic distribution of funds, providing each state or territory submitting an eligible proposal up to $200,000 per fiscal year. States may use Tier One funds for projects meeting the eligibility requirements in 50 CFR 86.14 and listed in 50 CFR 86.20. States may submit multiple projects within a Tier One proposal, however, the total funding requested may not exceed $200,000.

2. Tier Two proposals are awarded through a competitive process, based on individual project merits. There is no limit on the dollar amounts associated with any Tier Two project proposal. All Tier Two projects must satisfy eligibility requirements listed in 50 CFR 86.14 and 86.20. The projects will be scored according to established criteria in 50 CRF 86.60 (e.g., transient applicability, partnership involvement, innovativeness, other funding contributions, cost efficiency, links with other destinations, access opportunities, economic impacts, and multi-state efforts).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182335

Term of Contract:

These funds are typically available after July 15th and applicants have one year to expend the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The guidelines for the BIG Program are prescribed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages the program. Each state has a designated agency, which administers these grants. Idaho’s designated agency is the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).

Any state designated by the Governor to participate on behalf of the state can apply for these grants. States may issue sub-grants and contracts to other public or private entities.

Pre-Application Information:

The program is a cost-reimbursable program, i.e. the grantees cover the full amount of an approved activity and then apply for reimbursement for up to 75 percent of the project expenses. Grantees must provide at least 25 percent of project funding from a non-federal source.

The first step in project preparation is working with the appropriate agency staff. IDPR employs regional staff to cover statewide needs. Please contact your regional specialist.

Please note the Recreational Trails Program and Land & Water Conservation Fund awards are not announced until federal partners approve applications, which is delayed beyond state awards. Do not start work on a project until you have a signed agreement or costs will not be reimbursed.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a draft application in December, giving department staff time to request any needed changes to make the project eligible.

Grants must be received in the new electronic system by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 26, 2018 to be eligible for the grant cycle.

Applications received during this grant period will be rated by the advisory committees in March, and awarded by the Idaho Park and Recreation Board in April or May.

Important Dates:
-Summer 2017: Contact IDPR for field review.
-September 2017: Announce availability of funds.
-December 2017: IDPR preliminary review of draft applications.
-January 26, 2018: All applications must be received by IDPR by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Applications received after the deadline are automatically ineligible to compete for funding. The new electronic system will close and you will be unable to submit applications after this deadline
-February 2018: IDPR staff review applications for eligibility and distribute to respective advisory committee members.
-March 2018: Advisory committee evaluates and rates applications.
-May 2018: IDPR Park Board approves grants for award.
-June 2018: Applicants contacted.
-After July 15, 2018: Funding is available.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
http://idaho.fluidreview.com

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
5657 Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID, 83716-8700

(208) 334-4199
grants@idpr.idaho.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho