Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (Tier 2 - National)

Recreational boating is a popular activity; there are approximately 12 million registered boats in the United States.

Of this total, an estimated 560,000 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.


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 document is the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 BIG Tier 2 â¿¿ National grants.

You can locate it by doing an advanced search for Funding Opportunity Number F17AS00215 at

The NOFO for FY 2018 BIG Tier 1 â¿¿ State grants is a separate announcement at

Note that the FY2018 BIG Tier 1 â¿¿ State NOFO (F17AS00214) may be published at a later date.

Related Programs

Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act

Department of the Interior

Agency: Department of the Interior

Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Estimated Funding: $8,000,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Not Available

Additional Information of Eligibility:
All responsible, potential applicants from academia and industry are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA.

USAFA particularly encourages proposals from small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions and minority researchers.

However, no portion of this BAA is set aside for a specific group.

Proposals from Federal Agencies, including subcontracting/sub-recipient efforts will not be evaluated under this BAA.

Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this BAA.

U. S. Government schools of higher education, military laboratories and warfare centers, as well as other DoD and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this BAA and should not directly submit either white papers or full proposals in response to this BAA.

University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA unless precluded from doing so by their DoD UARC contract.

Full Opportunity Web Address:

Chelsea HuffErica Wilson

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