FEDERAL AND STATE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES TO CONSIDER
If you are planning to build a new marina or expand an existing marina, you need to know that there are grant programs available to you through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. These programs are designed to assist both privately owned or municipally owned marinas.
Clean Vessel Act (CVA)
The CVA was signed into law in 1992 to provide funds to construct, renovate and maintain pump outs. http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/grantprograms/cva/cva.htm
Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG)
THe BIG became part of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund in 1998. Each year the USFWS distributres grant money for constructing docks and other amenities for transient boats in length of 26′ or more.
Boating Access Grants (BAG)
The BAG was established in 1984 as part of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Funds from this program are distributed to the states for developing and renovating marinas that improve water access to recreational boaters. The states get the funds from the BAG program and then distribute to the applicant base.
I Boat NJ
The I Boat NJ grant was established in 2002 as part of the Department of Transportation. Funding for this program comes solely from boater user fees. This money is to promote, improve and enhance the marine industry in the state of New Jersey for the benefit of the general boating public.