Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act

The summary for the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Fish and Wildlife Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act: Recreational boating is a popular activity; there are approximately 12 million registered boats in the United States. Of this total, an estimated 560,000 are at least 26 feet long. The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established the Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG) Program (16 U.S.C. 777g-1) to provide funding to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (States) for the construction, renovation and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777). Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and the continuation of the BIG Program. Boating infrastructure means the structures, equipment, accessories, and services that are necessary or desirable for a facility to accommodate eligible vessels. Transient vessels are those passing through or by a place, staying up to 15 days. Projects completed using BIG funds must provide public access, but may be publicly or privately owned. This document is the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 BIG Tier 2 National grants. You can locate it by doing an advanced search for Funding Opportunity Number F18AS00161 at The NOFO for FY 2019 BIG Tier 1 State grants is a separate announcement at Note that the FY2019 BIG Tier 1 State NOFO (F18AS00160) may be published at a later date.
Federal Grant Title: Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act
Federal Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI-FWS)
Grant Categories: Community Development Environment Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: F18AS00161
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 15.622
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: September 10th, 2018
Original Application Deadline: September 10th, 2018
Posted Date: June 8th, 2018
Creation Date: June 8th, 2018
Archive Date: October 1st, 2018
Total Program Funding: $8,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Last Updated: June 8th, 2018
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Brad Gunn 703-358-2009

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