N.C. Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
Applying for a N.C. BIG Grant
|The FY2015 funding opportunity is now open. Please see below for details. |
The BIG Program has two funding levels:
|Tier 1 |
(state-wide competition with up to $100,000 available)
Each year, DMF seeks proposals for eligible projects totaling up to $100,000. Proposals are reviewed and ranked at the state level. Applicants should demonstrate the need for their project in NC, and their ability to successfully complete and manage the project. DMF may request funding for multiple Tier 1 projects; however, the total annual request cannot exceed $100,000. It is not uncommon for more than one project to be funded in a given year.
(national competition with a $100,000 minimum project cost)
BIG Tier 2 awards are a result of a national funding competition based solely on individual merit. Tier 2 projects are those totaling greater than $100,000 and typically range up to $1.5 million. Approximately $10 million is available annually for projects across the nation. Each year, Tier 2 proposals submitted to DMF are reviewed and scored against scoring criteria used in the national competition. Complete proposals that meet program requirements, demonstrate a need in North Carolina, leverage existing facilities or matching funds, demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the project and are cost efficient are likely to be submitted to the USFWS national funding competition. These proposals are then reviewed, evaluated and ranked by a national panel with the final decision for funding made by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The maximum federal cost-share for BIG Tier 1 and Tier 2 awards is 75 percent. However, applicants are encouraged to provide more than the minimum cost share required as the cost share percentage is a factor used in ranking Tier 2 proposals.
The following documents from the FY2015 competition outline eligibility rules, how to prepare your proposal, the national Tier 2 scoring criteria, the proposal review process, and requirements of applicants who are awarded grants.
FY2015 NCDMF Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP)
FFY2015 USFWS Tier 1 Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Notice of
Availability of Grants
FFY2015 USFWS Tier 2 Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Notice of
Availability of Grants
USFWS BIG Program Final Rule (50 CFR 86)
Proposals for FY2015 funds are due by 5 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 28, 2014