Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BigP) Tier I

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2018

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Ohio

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Description of Funding Opportunity

The BIG Program was created to provide funding for construction of facilities that will enhance boating for non-trailerable recreational boats when such boats are in transient status.

Award Information

  • Funds are awarded as a reimbursement grant
  • Funding instrument: cooperative agreement
  • These federal funds can be used to reimburse up to 75% of the approved project costs. The remaining "matching" funds must come from state or local sources.
  • Tier I: 
    • Annual maximum of $100,000 is available to each applying state
    • Designed for smaller projects that add transient boating infrastructure to the area

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Basic Eligibility
    • Public and private agencies and marinas and other facilities that provide transient tie-up opportunities for non-trailerable (26' or over in length) recreational boats.
  • Project Eligiblity
    • Eligible facilities include:
      • Mooring buoys
      • Day-docks
      • Navigational aids (channel markers, buoys, directional information)
      • Transient slips (slips that boaters with non-trailerable recreational vessels occupy for no more than 10 consecutive days)
      • Safe harbors for transients
      • Floating docks and fixed piers
      • Floating and fixed breakwaters
      • Restrooms
      • Retaining walls
      • Bulkheads
      • Dockside utilities
      • Pump out stations
      • Recycling and trash receptacles
      • Dockside electric service
      • Dockside water supplies
      • Dockside pay telephones
      • Debris deflection booms
      • Marine fueling stations
      • Initial, one-time-only dredging, only to provide transient vessels with safe channel depths to the transient facility
    • Additional details about Eligible Projects can be found here.


  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Routine, custodial and/or janitorial maintenance activities
    • Construction of slips for long term rental (more than 10 days) 
    • Construction or maintenance of facilities designed for trailerable boats 
    • Maintenance dredging 
    • Dry land storage or haul out facilities 
    • Activities or construction that does not provide public benefit