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Boating Grants Programs

Grant programs to enhance boating access and other boating-related activities from the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP), funding for transient tie-up facilities for boats 26' or longer from the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP), assistance for removal of derelict vessels from the Derelict Vessels Removal Grant Program and other boating-related grant programs.

Technical Assistance for Applicants

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held four live webinars in January 2021 to provide technical assistance to prospective grant applicants. The presentation can be found at the link below. The application period for the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) begins February 1, 2021 and ends April 6, 2021. Email questions to or call (850) 488-5600

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Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP)

The FBIP is a state financial assistance program that provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and boating-related activities on coastal and inland waters within the State.

Application Period

February 1, 2021 – April 6, 2021

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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Federal grants program to develop, renovate, and maintain public boating facilities that target recreational transient boats 26 feet long and larger

Application Period

April 15, 2021 – July 1, 2021

Evaluation Committee meeting: TBD July 2021

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Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

Grant program to local governments for the removal of derelict vessels from Florida waters

Application Period

FWC has changed its Derelict Vessel Removal Grant funding guidelines to include new application submission requirements. Applications will now be accepted on a continuous basis with no deadlines. Funding will be awarded on a fist come first served basis as long as funding is available. Also, there is no longer a requirement to provide a 25% match for these grants. FWC will pay 100% of the removal costs for all eligible derelict vessels awarded removal funding. Go to: or call (850) 617-9540


Boating Safety and Education Program

Grant program to improve boater knowledge of boating regulations and safe boating

Application Period

Pending availability of funding

Other Grant Programs

Grant programs to fund boater education and safety, aids to navigation, and other projects to enhance recreational boating in Florida may be established as funding is received. Consult this site for any future additions.