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Sports Fish Restoration (SFR)

These grants may be used to construct fishing piers and motorboat access projects. Eligible components include boat ramp construction and renovation, along with related amenities such as parking lots, accessible paths, lighting and restroom facilities. Funding for this program comes from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and a portion of the federal gas tax.

Who can apply

Counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, and qualified lake associations are eligible to apply for this grant program.


Eligible projects are new boat ramp construction and renovations, development and renovation of parking lots, accessible paths, lighting and restroom facilities; channel dredging and feasibility studies. Matching contributions for these grants must be from non-federal sources.


Grant application materials may be submitted at any time. For consideration in the federal fiscal year that begins each October, applications must be received by the regional Grants specialist no later than February 1.

Priority rank

The following factors are considered in establishing projects.

  • Distance of proposed project from other recreational boating facilities.
  • Demand for safe boating facilities.
  • Number of existing facilities.
  • Number of projects underway.
  • Applicant?s commitment of matching funds.


Reimbursement materials


Contact information
For additional information about the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) grant program, please contact:
Donna Kempf
Grant Manager
Last revised: Thursday April 18 2019