N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the
Boating Infrastructure Grant, or BIG, Program for federal fiscal year
BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that
construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities
for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The
grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by
excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.
division serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program. Proposals must
be submitted to the DMF to be considered for this funding opportunity.
examples of potentially eligible activities include transient boat
slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and
breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities,
retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric,
telephone, internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash
receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants
must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient
vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.
funds are awarded each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered
basis. For Tier 1 – state grants, all states may receive up to $200,000
per grant cycle for proposals that meet the program's guidelines. Tier
2 – national grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive
undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For
this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $200,000 for a
Tier 1 grant and up to $1.5 million for a Tier 2 grant.
information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal
development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website BIG Grant Program page or contact Vicky Pohoresky, division federal aid coordinator at 252-808-8016 or [email protected].
The deadline for applications to be received by the state Division of
Marine Fisheries is 5 pm Monday. Electronic submission to [email protected] is required.