Grants


Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Important due dates

Please keep in mind that BIG Tier 2 - National Project Proposals may take several months for you to prepare so you may miss the deadline. If so, DNR will submit the application package to the USFWS the following year.


General Information

This program was created under the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 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.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the BIG is to construct, renovate, and maintain boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long.  Projects completed using BIG funds must provide public access.

Levels of Financial Assistance

Tier I - State
Financial assistance up to $200,000 per year to each State. Applications for projects are competitively ranked within the State. For a copy of a Tier I application please contact Kathy Smith listed at the bottom of the page.

Tier II – National
Financial assistance up to $1,500,000 per project. Proposals are reviewed, evaluated and ranked by a national panel with the final decision for funding made by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The ranking criteria, eligible projects and regulations are listed in 50 CFR 86. For a copy of a Tier II application please contact Kathy Smith listed at the bottom of the page.

Who May Apply

Public and private agencies that provide transient tie-up (15 days or less) opportunities for large recreational boats 26 feet or greater in length.

Eligible Activities

Examples of potentially eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ineligible Activities

Priorities of Grant Opportunity

Level of Assistance
Up to 75% of total eligible costs.
References
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Final Rule (50 CFR 86).
Application Contact
Kathy Smith, Federal Aid Coordinator
MN DNR, Division of Parks and Trails
Box 39, 500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul MN 55155-4039
Phone: 651-259-5629
Fax: 651-297-1157
Email: kathleen.smith@state.mn.us