Grant Details

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program (Part B): Tier 2 - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Interior
CFDA: 15.622
Federal FON: F24AS00387
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
Multipart Grant: Yes
Next Due: 09/20/2023 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 06/15/2023
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $14,000,000 (Max)
Award Range: $200,000 (Min) / $1,500,000 (Max)
Average Award Size: $800,000
Number of Awards: 10 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to support the construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels that are at least 26 feet in length and that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure. Boating infrastructure eligible for this program includes all 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 and staying up to 15 days. Projects must provide public access, but may be publicly or privately owned.

Examples of eligible costs and activities include:

  • Boat slips, piers, mooring buoys, dinghy or courtesy docks, day docks, and gangways
  • Fuel stations, restrooms, showers, utilities, laundry facilities, and similar amenities
  • Lighting, communications, buoys, beacons, signals, markers, signs, and security features
  • Floating or fixed breakwaters, wave attenuators, sea walls, and other improvements that provide a harbor of safe refuge
  • Planning, permitting, engineering, cultural, historic, and environmental studies or assessments necessary to construct boating infrastructure
  • Equipment and structures for collecting, disposing of, or recycling liquid or solid waste from eligible vessels or for eligible users
  • Retaining walls, bulkheads, pilings, and living shorelines
  • Debris deflection structures or water hazard removal
  • Dredging necessary to fulfill the purpose and objectives of the project
  • Maintenance of facilities during the project period
  • Repair or restoration of roads, parking lots, walkways, or other surface areas damaged as a direct result of program-funded construction
  • Information and education materials specific to a funded project that credits the program as a source of funding
  • Recording of the federal interest in program-funded real property
  • Administration, coordination, and monitoring of awards

Unless the following features are already part of a facility, or are funded through another source, at project completion a funded facility must:

  • Limit use of overnight docks and moorings to eligible vessels that are 26 feet or more in length staying no more than 15 consecutive days
  • Serve its intended purpose for its useful life as originally proposed or as extended, except in the case of a catastrophic event
  • Clearly designate eligible uses and inform the public of restrictions
  • Offer security, safety, and service for eligible users and vessels
  • Be open and accessible to eligible vessels on navigable waters that are at least six feet deep at the lowest tide or fluctuation, unless it can be shown that the facility will still serve its intended purpose for typical eligible users that visit that location
  • Allow public access
  • Provide pump-out service where such service is not located within two nautical miles if the facility allows overnight stays or as required by state or local laws

Funding will be provided for the following program components:

  • (Part A): Tier 1
  • (Part B): Tier 2

The purpose of the Tier 2 component is to provide competitive awards to support the construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet in length.

Last Updated: May 22, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are governor-designated state agencies in the United States, the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the mayor-designated agency in the District of Columbia.

There is no limit to the number of applications that an applicant may submit each year to this component.

Previous award recipients include:

  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • New York State Department of State Parks and Historic Preservation
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Virginia Department of Health

Refer to the Award file for additional information on previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 20, 2023.

Applications must be submitted online at, or online at

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Project abstract summary
  • Project narrative
  • SF 424C
  • Budget narrative
  • Conflict of interest disclosure
  • Uniform audit reporting statement (if applicable)
  • Certification regarding lobbying (if applicable)
  • SF LLL (if applicable)
  • Overlap or duplication of effort statement
  • Indirect cost statement and copy of most recently negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (if applicable)

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

Applicants requesting comments or assistance with their applications are encouraged to submit an optional application to the appropriate regional office listed on pages 6-7 of the NOFA file at least four weeks prior to the due date; however, there is no guarantee that the regional office will provide feedback.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Meets a documented need, improves eligible boater access, and demonstrates cost efficiency:
    • Proposed boating infrastructure meets need for more or improved facilities (10 points)
    • Eligible users receive benefits from the proposed boating infrastructure that justify the cost of the project (7 points)
    • Proposed boating infrastructure accommodates boater access to significant destinations and services that support transient boater travel (3 points)
  • Meets match requirements and demonstrates partnerships:
    • Project includes funds greater than the required minimum match (7 points)
    • Project includes contributions by private or public partners that contribute to the project objectives (3 points)
  • Demonstrates innovation and environmental stewardship:
    • Project includes physical components, technology, or techniques that improve eligible user access (3 points)
    • Project includes innovative physical components, technology, or techniques that improve the project (2 points)
    • Facility where the project is located demonstrates a commitment to environmental compliance, sustainability, and stewardship and an agency or organization has officially recognized the facility for its commitment (1 point)

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $14,000,000 (Max)
Award Range: $200,000 (Min) / $1,500,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 10 (Estimated)
Average Award Size: $800,000
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide at least 25 percent of the total allowable project costs via nonfederal cash or in-kind contributions. Applicants are encouraged to provide more than the minimum match required, and will receive additional points in the evaluation process for cash match above the minimum amount. The matching requirement is waived for applicants in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and .

Applicants may generally use the value of any structure completed before the project period as match if the funding agency approves the activity as a pre-award cost.

Applicants must describe in the application the relationship between the proposed project and other related work funded by federal awards that is planned, anticipated, or underway.

Matching contributions may not include any real property interest in land or water, including existing riparian rights.

Funding Notes:

An unspecified amount of funding is available for this program overall, with an estimated $14 million available through this component to support an expected ten awards expected to range from $200,000 to $1.5 million, with an average award of approximately 800,000.

Funding approvals are expected to occur during March or April 2024, and the expected award date is July 1, 2024. Awards will be issued as compliance and permitting efforts are completed over the following 12 months.

The funding agency will assign a project start date based on when funds are distributed, and projects must be completed within three years of that project start date. If justified, applicants may request an extension to the project period of up to two years, and one additional extension may be requested that must be approved by the funding agency.

Applicants must prorate costs if boats other than transient recreational boats at least 26 feet in length will use or benefit from an eligible project.

Contingency costs estimated using broadly accepted cost estimating methodologies are eligible, but must be separately identified in the budget and must comply with federal cost principles, be necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient accomplishment of project or program objectives, and be verifiable from financial records.

Pre-award costs are not guaranteed and may only be eligible if they are necessary and reasonable for completion of project objectives and are approved in writing in advance of the award.

Dredging that is needed to fulfill the project objectives is eligible only if all dredging-related actions do not exceed $200,000 in federal funds and the applicant has allocated the dredging costs between the expected use by eligible and ineligible vessels.

Applicants may not shift unallowable indirect costs to another federal award unless specifically authorized to do so by legislation.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Lobbying
  • Services or structures for food service, retail, or lodging, including ship stores, food courts, and hotels
  • New construction or renovation of parking lots and access roads adjacent to boating facilities for transient, recreational vehicles
  • Land or water acquisition or an interest in real property or water, such as fee simple, easement, or lease
  • Projects that do not provide public benefits, such as a project not open to the public for use
  • Implementing or supporting law enforcement activities
  • Significantly degrading or destroying valuable natural resources or altering the cultural or historic nature of the area
  • Operations of a BIG-funded facility, including custodial activities, service worker salaries, facility administration, utilities, rent, taxes, or insurance
  • Development of a state program plan to construct, renovate, or maintain boating infrastructure
  • Constructing, renovating, or maintaining facilities for boat transportation, storage, repair, or other services

Refer to pages 20-21 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding unallowable costs.

For FY 2024, a total of $17,385,629 was recommended for funding via 14 awards ranging from $439,746 to $1.5 million through this component. For FY 2023, a total of $17,514,293 was distributed via 16 awards ranging from $335,664 to $1.5 million through this component. For FY 2022, a total of $15,010,530 was distributed via 13 awards ranging from $208,334 to $1.5 million through this component.  Refer to the Award file for details.


Brad Gunn
(703) 785-3829

Agency Address
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to Brad Gunn, or to the appropriate regional contact listed on pages 6-7 of the NOFA file.

Applications must be submitted online at, or online at

Optional requests for comments or assistance regarding applications must be submitted to the appropriate regional contact listed on pages 6-7 of the NOFA file.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Other Pre-Award File: US4171B_Overview_FY2024.pdf (70.2 Kb)
NOFA File: US4171B_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (558.7 Kb)
Award File: US4171B_Award_FY2024.pdf (4.0 Mb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this component. The Overview file contains general program information, including a comparison of this program's components. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

May 22, 2024
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and appended to the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

August 31, 2023
An updated solicitation for this program has been released and attached as the NOFA file.

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Grant Categories
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Parks & Recreation
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