F23AS00377 - FY 2023 - Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act - BIG Tier 1

Recreational boating is a popular activity; there are approximately 1 1. 8 million registered motor boats in the United States.

Of this total, an estimated 584,000 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 package is the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 BIG Tier 1 State grants.
Related Programs

Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act

Department of the Interior

Agency: Department of the Interior

Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Estimated Funding: $4,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Link to Opportunity in SAMS Domestic

Additional Information of Eligibility:
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 WSFR Office (below).  State-specific Regional WSFR Office Contacts: American Samoa, Hawaii: 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: Heidi Nelson, Heidi_Nelson@fws.gov, 503-231-2096   Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas: Brian Hobbs, Brian_Hobbs@fws.gov, 505-248-7476   Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin: Craig Kelling, Craig_Kelling@fws.gov, 612-713-5385   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: Michael Cotter, Michael_Cotter@fws.gov, 303-236-8179   Alaska: Cary Myler, Cary_Myler@fws.gov, 907-351-7989 California and Nevada: Larry Riley, Lawrence_Riley@fws.gov, 916-978-6182

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