Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BigP) Tier II

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $8,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2020

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 II:
    • Remainder of the BIG Program annual funding ($8 million nationally, less whatever is awarded under Tier I) is typically awarded to larger projects

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 informations about Eligible Projects can be found here.


  • Funds cannot 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; or 
    • Activities or construction that does not provide public benefit.