September 16, 2008
WAT ERBURY, VT – Improvements in boating infrastructure in Vermont are possible with help from recently announced grants available through the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The deadline to apply for these grants is October 17, 2008.
The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program was created to improve boating facilities and marina infrastructure for non-trailerable recreational vessels at local marinas. The grants are funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and all 50 states and territories are eligible to receive grant funding. Approved projects are awarded funding on a cost reimbursement basis for 75 percent of project expenses up to $95,000. The source of funds for the grants is a federal tax on the sale of boating fuels.
Some potentially eligible activities include:
(a) Mooring buoys
(b) Day-docks (tie-up facilities that do not allow overnight use);
(c) Navigational aids such as channel markers, buoys, and directional information;
(d) Transient slips (slips that boaters with non-trailerable recreational vessels occupy for no more than 10 consecutive days);
(e) Safe harbors (facilities protected from waves, wind, tides, ice, and currents that provide a temporary safe anchorage point or harbor of refuge during storms);
(f) Floating docks and fixed piers;
(g) Floating and fixed breakwaters;
(h) Dinghy docks (floating or fixed platforms that boaters with non-trailerable recreational vessels use for a temporary tie-up of their small boats to reach the shore);
(i) Dockside electric service, including water supplies;
(j) Marine fueling stations.
“The purpose of this program is to create the equivalent of a highway with lodging, but on Vermont’s waterways,” said Michael Wichrowski, Fish & Wildlife’s administrator of facilities and lands. “By improving the infrastructure and docking facilities on the water, recreational boaters are able to take a trip from Montreal to New York City, and Lake Champlain would be the major waterway to travel for such a trip. This program will help build those attractive facilities and entice boaters to visit Vermont while using the lake as their highway.”
Interested parties should contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for information and grant application requirements.
Grant proposals must include a narrative identifying and describing:
(a) The need(s) within the purposes of the grant;
(b) Objective(s) to be accomplished during a specified time period that address the need(s);
(c) Expected results or benefits from accomplishing the objectives, including the numbers of recreational vessels and people served;
(d) The approach to be used in meeting the objectives, including specific procedures,
schedules, key personnel, cooperators, grant location, innovative approaches, public and private partnerships, public access, and estimated costs;
(e) Amount and source of matching funds; and,
(f) Fees for use of the facility.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: September 16, 2008 15:57:04