July 5, 2018
Funds from the BIG Grant Program Available
for Transient Recreational Boating Facilities
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the
Boating Infrastructure Grant (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.
The 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 division to be considered for this funding
Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient
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.
BIG 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 if proposals 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 under
Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.
For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and
proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries’ website, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/what-big-program, or contact Vicky Pohoresky, Federal Aid Coordinator for division at 252-808-8016 or [email protected]. The deadline for applications to be received by the state Division of Marine Fisheries is 5 p.m. Aug. 13, 2018. Electronic submission to [email protected] is required.