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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP)

Notice of Meeting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. DATE AND TIME: July, 16, 2019, 12:00 Noon PLACE: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bryant Building Auditorium, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399 GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Evaluation Committee for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIGP) will meet to score applications for submission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for evaluation and funding. Click on the link below for a copy of the agenda. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 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, or contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

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. 

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