The purpose of the federal BIG Program is to provide grants to construct, renovate, and maintain boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long. The BIG Program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and provides two levels of grant funding:
Complete requirements of the BIG Program were originally published in the Federal Register as a Final Rule (50 CFR 86) in 2001. After years of success, an extensive review of the BIG Program was undertaken and new requirements are contained in the Final Rule (dated May 6, 2015). BIG program requirements begin on Page 26161.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review all applicable federal and state requirements before submitting a BIG application. Five issues/concerns that commonly come up are:
The reimbursement form for waterway improvement project is required for all BIG projects because the BIG program is under Waterway Improvement Fund (WIF) Grant Program and sometimes WIF provides the required non-federal match depending on the project eligibility.
Carla Fleming, Director, Boating Implementation Program, 410-260-8447, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don O’Neill, Grant Specialist, 410-260-8435, don.o’email@example.com
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