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Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
Program: Kevin Atkinson, (916) 327-1788

August 21, 2008

Boating Infrastructure Grants 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 grant proposal applications is Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

BIG is a national competitive program open to both publicly- and privately-owned marinas with funding totaling $13 million.  Eligible projects include installation or upgrades of visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26-feet-long or longer, and renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms gangways and dockside utility hookups.

Applicants should first review the federal guidelines, to determine if they meet the necessary requirements.  Eligibility criteria and submission information can be obtained by visiting www.dbw.ca.gov/Funding/BIG.aspx or contacting Kevin Atkinson at (916) 327-1788. 

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