Contact: Megan Standard
(916) 651-5692

August 29, 2003

Marina Operators: Deadline for Transient Docks Grants is September 20, 2003

Marina owners who want to upgrade their transient boat docks can apply to the Department of Boating and Waterways' federal BIG Program (National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program). BIG can fund projects to install or upgrade transient tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26 feet in length and over. The grant program is open to both publicly owned and privately owned marinas.

The BIG Program is a competitive program, with all proposed projects competing against each other on a national basis. Nationally, $8 million in BIG funding is available this year. Eligible project categories under the program include the renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways, and dockside utility hookups.

The application deadline is September 20, 2003. Applicants must submit a grant proposal to the Department of Boating and Waterways following the federal guidelines, available at the Department's website,

Applicants should review the federal guidelines first to determine if they are able to meet the necessary requirements. After reading the guidelines, those interested in competing in this program should contact Kevin Atkinson, at (916) 327-1788.