The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for federal Fiscal Year 2015.
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 build, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long.
The division serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program.
Proposals must be submitted by Aug. 28 to the division to be considered for funding.
Eligible projects 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 pumpout stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations.
Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 grants, all states can receive up to $100,000 per grant cycle as long as proposals meet the program’s guidelines. Tier 2 grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide, competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants can apply for up to $100,000 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.
For information about the grant program, visit the Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf, or contact Kelly Price, federal aid coordinator for the division. Price can be reached at 252-808-8168 or at Kelly.Price@ncdenr.gov.