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F25AS00378 - FY 2025 - Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act - Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Tier 2

ID: F25AS00378 • Type: Posted

Description

Recreational boating is a popular activity; there are approximately 11 million registered motorized recreational vessels in the United States. Of this total, an estimated 596,000 are at least 26 feet long. The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established the Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG) Program (16 U.S.C. 777g-1) to provide funding to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (States) for the construction, renovation and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777). Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and the continuation of the BIG Program. Boating infrastructure means the structures, equipment, accessories, and services that are necessary or desirable for a facility to accommodate eligible vessels. Transient vessels are those passing through or by a place, staying up to 15 days. Projects completed using BIG funds must provide public access, but may be publicly or privately owned. This package is the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 BIG Tier 2 applications.
Background
The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 established the Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG) Program to provide funding for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act and subsequent reauthorizations allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

Grant Details
Eligible activities include but are not limited to the construction of boat slips, piers, mooring buoys, fuel stations, restrooms, lighting, communication equipment, breakwaters, wave attenuators, sea walls, planning, permitting, engineering studies necessary to construct boating infrastructure. Equipment for waste disposal from eligible vessels or users, retaining walls, debris deflection structures, dredging, maintenance of facilities during the project period, repair or restoration of surface areas damaged as a direct result of BIG-funded construction. Additional information on BIG can be found in the BIG regulation published on May 6, 2015 (50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 86) and throughout the document.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants are Governor-designated State agencies in the United States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands. The maximum Federal award under BIG Tier 2 is 75 percent of the total allowable project cost up to $1.5 million. Cash match above the minimum cost share is a scoring criterion used in ranking applications.

Period of Performance
Expected award funding is anticipated to occur on July 01, 2025. Funding approvals are expected to occur during March or April 2025 with grants being awarded as compliance and permitting efforts are completed over the following 12 months.

Grant Value
Estimated Total Funding is $14,000,000 with an expected number of awards being 10. The expected award amounts range from $200,000 - $1,500,000 with an average of approximately $800,000 per award.

Place of Performance
The grant is available for Governor-designated State agencies in all states including Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands as well as territories such as Guam, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Overview

Category of Funding
Natural Resources
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
True
Source
On 6/13/24 Fish and Wildlife Service posted grant opportunity F25AS00378 for F25AS00378 - FY 2025 - Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act - Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Tier 2 with funding of $14.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 15.622 Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act.

Timing

Posted Date
June 13, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
Sept. 18, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 66 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on the listed application due date. State agency applicants must submit applications through GrantSolutions or Grants.gov by the deadline. The Service recommends that you submit your application early enough to address any unforeseen technical complications. We also recommend that you verify that all documents have been received through GrantSolutions or Grants.gov with your Regional Office of Conservation Investment (CI) before the deadline. The Service will not consider applications received after the deadline.Applicants requesting comments or assistance with their applications are encouraged to submit draft applications to their Regional CI Office (see Section C1) at least 4 weeks prior to the due date. Although there is no guarantee that the Regional CI Office will provide comments, feedback may include recommendations to improve the application.
Last Updated
June 13, 2024, 4:44 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
March 31, 2025

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
State governments
Additional Info
Eligible applicants are the Governor-designated State agencies in the United States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands and the Mayor-designated agency in the District of Columbia. You may not apply directly if you are not one of these entities. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact the national contact in Section G or your Regional CI Office (below). State-specific Regional CI Office Contacts:American Samoa: Chris Cegelski, Christine_Cegelski@fws.gov, 202-251-3943Hawaii: Chris Swenson, Chris_Swenson@fws.gov. 503 231-6758 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam: Ruth Utzurrum, Ruth_Utzurrum@fws.gov, 503-231-2083 Idaho, Oregon, and Washington: Lia McLaughlin, Lia_Mclaughlin@fws.gov, 503-724-8017 Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas: Brian Hobbs, Brian_Hobbs@fws.gov, 505-248-7476 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin: T. Casey Weathers, Thomas_Weathers@fws.gov, 612-283-1878 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the United States Virgin Islands: Scott Meister, Howard_Meister@fws.gov, 404-679-7180 Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia: Bill Perry, Bill_Perry@fws.gov, 413-253-8302 Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming: Kayla Barrett, Kayla_Barrett@fws.gov, 303-236-4375 Alaska: Cary Myler, Cary_Myler@fws.gov, 907-351-7989California and Nevada: Shawn D. Milar, Shawn_Milar@fws.gov, 831-262-5001

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$1,500,000
Floor
Not Listed
Estimated Program Funding
$14,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact Email
Contact Phone
22041-3803

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