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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Grants to Florida Government Agencies and Private Facilities
to Construct and Update Transient Boat Tie-Up Facilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

LOI Date:

06/01/19

Deadline Date:

07/01/19

Description:

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Grants to Florida public and private agencies operating marinas and other boating facilities to enhance tie-up facilities for recreational boats in a transient status. Pre-applications are required before final applications. Funding is intended for the construction of mooring facilities for non-trailerable recreational boats that are over 26' in length.

There are two tiers of grants offered in BIGP:

Tier 1: State Grants
- The Commission is awarded funding for one or more projects up to $200,000. Individual projects cannot exceed $200,000 in Federal funding request; The Commission may limit the maximum funding request further.
- Applicants compete against other projects seeking Tier 1 funding in Florida.
- The Commission scores and ranks applications submitted in this Tier and can submit one or more applications that equal $200,000, or less, to the USFWS, Federal Aid Division.
- The Commission must receive notice of award from the USFWS, Federal Aid Division prior to announcing the award and drafting an agreement with the applicant/subgrantee.

Tier 2: National Grants
- $1.5 million Federal funding is the limit per award or project. USFWS expects to award approximately $9-14 million per funding cycle (based on availability).
- The Commission scores and ranks applications submitted in this Tier and can submit more than one project proposal to USFWS.
- Applicants compete against all other projects nationwide.
- The Commission must receive notice of award from the USFWS, Federal Aid Division prior to announcing the award and drafting an agreement with the applicant/subgrantee.

For eligible project activities please see: https://myfwc.com/media/20174/bigp_guidelines_2019.pdf#page=7


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175114

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier 1: $5,000 - $200,000
Tier 2: $200,001 to $1,500,000

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients have 3-years from the award date to fulfill the obligation requirements. Awards that are not obligated within the 3-year window are withdrawn and the project considered closed. Applicants have 5-years from the obligation date to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Cities and towns
- Counties
- Native American tribes
- Private marina operators
- Qualified nonprofits
- Special purpose districts
- State agencies

Any grantee, sub-grantee, or contractor of any grantee or sub-grantee that has been debarred or suspended from programs and activities involving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits are ineligible to apply for BIGP grant funding.

For ineligible activities please see: https://myfwc.com/media/20174/bigp_guidelines_2019.pdf#page=9.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
Pre-application (optional) due to the Commission: April 1 - June 1
Final applications due to the Commission: July 1
Commission submits to USFWS: September 1

Grants require a minimum of 25% matching funds, federal share not to exceed 75% total costs. For information about matching please see: https://myfwc.com/media/20174/bigp_guidelines_2019.pdf#page=22.

This is a reimbursable grant program. Grant funds will be disbursed to the recipient only after pre-approved deliverables have been met or completion of the project occurs, and work is verified by Commission staff. Payment will only be made for documented and verified costs. The Commission will in no case, pre-approve or disburse any advance in grant funds. Subgrantees must keep detailed records of all funded project costs including audits, record retention, and documents required for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information:
BIGP@MyFWC.com
(850)488-5600

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Boating and Waterways Section
Fax: (850) 488-9284
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6000

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USA: Florida