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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Application Period

Pre-application (optional) due: April 1 – June 1; Final Applications due: July 1. For more information, you may contact: or call (850)488-5600.

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The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP) provides funding through competitive grants for tie-up facilities for transient recreational boats 26 feet or longer (non-trailerable). This program is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Eligible Applicants: Local Governments, Native American Tribes, Port Districts, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Organizations, State Agencies, some special purpose districts, if legally authorized to acquire and develop public outdoor recreation facilities.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction or renovation of boating infrastructure such as:
    • slips
    • floating docks
    • fixed piers and breakwaters
    • day docks
    • dinghy docks
    • restrooms and showers
    • mooring systems
    • dockside utilities
    • marine fueling stations
    • dredging
  • Engineering, planning, and permitting
  • Installation of navigational aids
  • Production of educational materials

There are two tiers of grants offered in BIGP.

Tier 1: $5,000 - $200,000 – Applicants compete against other projects seeking Tier 1 funding in Florida

Tier 2: $200,001 to $1,500,000 – Applicants compete against all other projects nationwide.

If you have any questions, send email to or call 850-488-5600.

Current Projects

Grantee Project Description Grant Amount Total Project Amount
Boathouse Marina Transient Docks $98,629 $131,505
City of Bradenton Twin Dolphin Marina - Transient Docks $910,183 $1,541,972
City of Fernandina Beach Fernandina Harbor Marina Transient Docks $1,500,000 $3,085,695
City of Fort Pierce Fort Pierce City Marina - Dinghy Dock $190,688 $425,725
City of Key West Garrison Bight Marina - Transient Docks $500,000 $900,000
City of St. Petersburg Municipal Marina Transient Docks $632,000 $989,000
Harbor View Marina Transient Slips $220,120 $301,960
Las Olas SMA, LLC Las Olas Marina $1,114,354 $2,274,191
New Port Tampa Bay CDD West Shore Marina District $323,951 $661,127
Port Canaveral Yacht Club Transient Docks $126,901 $272,402
Town of Fort Myers Beach Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field $43,000 $104,730