Ohio DNR: Marine Patrol Grant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $35,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Under this grant program, the purpose of a marine patrol is to enforce Chapters 1547 and 1548 of the Ohio Revised Code and the rules adopted under these Chapters, and to provide emergency response to boating accidents that occur on the water. Each marine patrol will serve to protect the lives and property of persons participating in recreational boating on the waters of this state. All grants are awarded based on the potential success and ability of the marine patrol to provide such service to the boating community. Established marine patrols are also evaluated on their efforts and achievements from the previous year. The scoring of each application is a competitive evaluation process. 

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  • The Division may give grants to political subdivisions, conservancy districts and state departments to establish or maintain and operate a marine patrol.

  • The grants may be utilized for:

    • The purchase, maintenance and operation of vessels

    • Marine equipment

    • Education materials

    • Personnel salaries

  • Applicants must match at least 25% of their total program costs

  • The applicant must have a dedicated marine patrol fund that is not used for any other purpose.

  • Minimum Requirements:

    • The agency must have a comprehensive program to enable their marine patrol to:

      • Respond to all search and rescue (SAR) and assistance calls.

      • Conduct boating accident investigations including proper filing of required boating accident reports

      • Conduct stolen boat and marine equipment theft investigations including proper filing of required forms.

      • Maintain marine patrol services in the event of non-boating emergencies or assistance calls.


  • The following items are not allowed under the Marine Patrol Assistance Grant Agreement

    • Agency/officer activities or emergency responses that do not pertain to watercraft law enforcement and safety, regardless of whether the officer is responding in the marine patrol vessel

    • Purchase of motor vehicles such as automobiles, SUVs, pick-up trucks, or tow vehicles

    • Purchase of firearms

    • Maintenance of vehicles other than what was listed under costs allowed

    • Purchase, construction or maintenance of land for the creation or upkeep of ramps, public dock facilities, marinas, restrooms or related facilities

    • Buoys, anchors and fitting for navigational aids. Buoys and special purpose markers are available through a separate Division of Watercraft grant program

    • Salaries, fuel, oil, equipment, maintenance, repairs, training or other expenses resulting from activities outside of the Marine Patrol Assistance Grant Program.

    • Insurance on employees and equipment not owned by the Division of Watercraft

    • Insurance deductibles (for any lost, stolen or damaged boats or equipment) or any costs less than a deductible to avoid filing an insurance claim