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In order to be considered for the current funding cycle, the following four items must be received by your DNR Regional Community Services Specialist (CSS) by 4:30 PM, June 1, 2017. You can find your CSS here [PDF].

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

The purpose of BIG is to construct, renovate, and maintain boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long.

Tier 1 - State
Provides up to $200,000 per year to each state. Projects are competitively ranked within the state.

Tier 2 - National
Provides up to $1,500,000 per project. Projects are competitively ranked at the national level.

Who can apply

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program funds are available to public and private agencies, marinas and other facilities that provide transient tie-up (15 days or less) opportunities for large recreational boats 26 feet or more in length.



  • Construction, renovation, and maintenance of boating infrastructure tie-up facilities, solely for transient recreational vessels 26 feet or more in length.
  • Produce information and education materials specific to BIG or BIG funded projects. (i.e. charts, cruising guides, and brochures)

Eligible activities

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

  • 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; security features
  • Planning, permitting, engineering, cultural, historic, and environmental studies or assessments
  • Equipment and structures for collecting, disposing of, or recycling liquid or solid waste from eligible vessels or for eligible users
  • Retaining walls, bulkheads, pilings, living shorelines
  • Debris deflection structures, 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 BIG-funded construction
  • Recording the Federal Interest in BIG-funded real property
  • Administration, coordination, and monitoring of BIG awards

Ineligible activities

An application is ineligible for funding if it proposes to:

  • Implement or support law enforcement activities;
  • Significantly degrade or destroy valuable natural resources or alter the cultural or historic nature of the area;
  • Support operations of a BIG-funded facility including routine custodial activities, service worker salaries, facility administration, utilities, rent, taxes, or insurance;
  • Develop a State program plan to construct, renovate, or maintain boating infrastructure;
  • Acquire land or any interest in land;
  • Construct, renovate, or maintain roads or parking lots, except as described at § 86.11(a)(1);
  • Construct, renovate, or maintain shops, stores, food service or other retail businesses, lodging, facility administration or management;
  • Construct, renovate, or maintain facilities for boat transportation, storage, repair or other services;
  • Purchase or operate service boats to transport boaters to and from mooring areas;
  • Conduct certain marketing activities that do not focus on BIG or the BIG-funded facility (see § 86.16(a)(8);
  • Purchase supplies and other expendable personal property not directly related to achieving the project objectives;
  • Support other activities that are inconsistent with the purposes of BIG or that are inconsistent with Federal Cost Principles (see 2 CFR part 200, subpart F).

Special Conditions or Requirements

  • Facilities constructed, operated, or maintained with grant funds must offer reasonable access for all transient recreational vessels for the full period of their useful life.
  • Facilities must be open to the public during reasonable time periods.
  • Entities may charge fees. Fees must be comparable to the prevailing rate in the area.
  • New construction and renovations must be designed to last throughout its useful life.
  • BIG grants require a minimum of 25% matching funds, federal share not to exceed 75% total costs.


In order to be considered for the current funding cycle, the following four items must be received by your DNR Regional Community Services Specialist (CSS) by 4:30 PM, June 1, 2017. You can find your CSS here [PDF].

Awards are expected to be announced January-March 2017.


Reimbursement materials


Contact information
For additional information about the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, please contact:
Donna Kempf
Grant Manager
Last revised: Wednesday April 18 2018