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Contact: Gloria Sandoval
((916) 651-5692
email: Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov

August 2, 2007

Boating Infrastructure Grants are Available for Marina Operators

SACRAMENTO – Marina operators can now apply for a National Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) for transient boat dock improvements through the Department of Boating and Waterways. The deadline to submit applications is October 15, 2007.

Nationally, $13 million in BIG funding is available this year for projects to install or upgrade visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26 feet long or more. Eligible projects include the renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways, and dockside utility hookups. It is a competitive program open to both publicly owned and privately owned marinas.

Applicants should first review the federal guidelines, available at www.dbw.ca.gov/big.asp, to determine if they meet the necessary requirements. Those marina operators eligible to compete in this program should follow the BIG Proposal Template available at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/PDF/BIGproposal.pdf or contact Kevin Atkinson at (916) 327-1788. Applicants must submit a grant proposal to the Department of Boating and Waterways following the federal guidelines on or before October 15, 2007.

The Department of Boating and Waterways enhances public access to the waterways and promotes on-the-water safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.

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