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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Clearwater Downtown Boat Slips

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. 


The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host training sessions for eligible applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The training sessions will be held in the following locations:

Monday, January 13, 2020
10:00 am to noon
Bryant Building Room 272
620 South Meridian St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tenoroc PUA Shooting Center
3755 Tenoroc Mine Rd, Lakeland, FL 33805

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:00 am to noon
Lovett E Williams Jr Wildlife Research Lab
1105 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, FL 32601

Thursday, January 16, 2020
10:00 am to noon
NW Regional Office
3911 Highway 2321, Panama City, FL 32409

Thursday, January 23, 2020
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Miami Law Enforcement Office
3200 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181

Friday, January 24, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113

Space is limited. Please RSVP to no later than five days prior to your selected workshop date to reserve your place.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in these training sessions is asked to advise the FWC at least five calendar days before the meeting by contacting: ADA Coordinator, (850) 488-6411. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the FWC by calling (850) 488-9542.

For more information, email or call (850) 488-5600.

Program Timeline 

  1. January – April: Potential applicants reach out to FWC for guidance
  2. April 1 – June 1: FWC assists applicants in developing proposals
  3. July 1: Applications due to FWC by 5:00 p.m. (Applications received after 7/1 will not be considered)
  4. July: FWC review of applications. FL Tier I & Tier 2 selections are announced
  5. August: FWC enters applications into the FGTS and prepares applications for submission into
  6. September: FWC recommendations are due to USFWS through
  7. March: USFWS notifies FWC and announces awards. Award does not necessarily guarantee funding, which is contingent upon:
    1. Receiving all required permits
    2. Receiving all required compliance documents
    3. Successful disbursement of funds from USFWS.
  8. Grantee provides documentation to FWC that the required permits (FLDEP; USACE) have been acquired for the awarded project.  FWC submits permits through the compliance process
  9. Once all requirements are met, USFWS obligates funding and FWC and applicant enter into Subrecipient Agreement and work can begin

Proposals are due to FWC no later than 5:00 PM on 07/01/2020

  • Proposals are to be submitted to FWC and not directly to
  • Follow published rules closely, as detailed in the Federal Final BIG Rule (50 CFR Part 86).
  • One hardcopy and one electronic copy is to be submitted by the deadline to:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Boating and Waterways Section
Attn: BIGP Administrator
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6000

Types of Funding Available

There are two types of grants, Tier I and Tier II:

Tier I Projects

In any given funding cycle, the State of Florida may receive a total of $200,000 for Tier I projects. All Tier I projects must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20. Each Tier I project cannot exceed $200,000; however, the State of Florida may select one (1) or as many Tier I projects as are eligible so long as the aggregate of these projects does not total more than that year's funding cycle allotment. Tier One projects compete against other Florida projects for funding.

Tier II Projects

In any given funding cycle, and on a nationally competitive basis, the National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program expects to make available between $9 million and $14 million for Tier II projects nationally. There is no dollar for Tier II projects, although Federal Funds per project cannot exceed $1.5 million dollars. All Tier II projects must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20. Each project will compete nationally against every other project in Tier II. Tier II projects compete against other Florida projects and if selected by the committee, they compete on a National Level.

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

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