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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

Recently, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held four technical assistance sessions for potential applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The presentation used in the sessions is available for download below.  For more information, email FBIP@MyFWC.com or BIGP@MyFWC.com 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

Open: January 19, 2024 through March 20, 2024.

 

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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

Applications are due July 1, 2024

Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

Grant program for local governments to remove derelict vessels from Florida waters.

Application Period

Applications for FWC’s Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program funding are accepted on a continuous basis with no deadlines. Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis as long as funding is available. The FWC will pay 100% of the removal costs for all eligible derelict vessels awarded removal funding. Find more information about submission requirements at MyFWC.com/DVgrant or call (850) 617-9540.

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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.