Date: Mar. 22, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Grant Money Available for Transient Recreational Boating Facilities
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will be accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program until April 24.
This is a second funding opportunity for this program for federal fiscal year 2013.
The Boating Infrastructure Grant is a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.
The state Division of Marine Fisheries serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this program. Proposals must be submitted to the division to be considered for this funding opportunity.
Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, Internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.
Boating Infrastructure Grant funds are distributed each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 (basic) grants, all states may receive up to $100,000 to award to in-state projects that meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2 (competitive) grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings, and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $48,934 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.
For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf or contact Kelly Price, federal aid coordinator for the division, at P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557-0769. You may also contact Price at 252-808-8168 or 800-682-2632 (in North Carolina only) or by email at Kelly.Price@ncdenr.gov.
Applications should be sent to the state Division of Marine Fisheries and must be received by April 24. Electronic submission is preferred.