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Funding to Rehab, Expand Public Boating Facilities

Friday November 15th, 2019
Townships with public boating facilities can apply for funding through the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) Boating Facility Program Grants. The deadline for applications is December 31.
 
Eligible applicants include townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments, as well as nonprofit groups, including land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations that are interested in the planning, acquisition, development, expansion or rehabilitation of public boating access areas.
 
Local governments and eligible nonprofit groups may use funds to provide or improve public recreational boat access facilities in their communities that are open and available for general public use.
 
Grants are available for site acquisition, project design and engineering, development, expansion, and major rehabilitation of recreational boat access facilities. Activities must benefit and directly support public recreational boating.
 
Eligible projects must be constructed on lands owned in "fee simple" by the project sponsor; where ownership is less than fee simple interest, ownership rights must provide for permanent control of the property commensurate with the proposed development. 
 
Eligible construction projects include boat ramps, courtesy floats, restrooms, access roads, parking areas, landscaping in direct relation to access development, aquatic invasive species prevention, transient tie-up floats, and signs.
 
Grant funds are to be used only for major site improvements and not for any routine maintenance or operation activities.
 
Successful applicants must agree to provide a 50% grant match and be willing to enter into a long-term agreement to keep the facility open to free public use for its useful life.
 
The PFBC will give priority funding consideration to applicants that provide more than the required 50% match, thereby reducing the total amount of grant funds required to complete the project.
 
The Boating Facility Grant Program is a reimbursable program. Grant funds will be disbursed to the applicant/recipient only after completion of the project occurs and agency staff has verified that the work has been completed.
 
All work funded for this round of grants should be completed by December 31, 2022.
 
The PFBC gives highest priority to the rehabilitation of existing facilities, followed by expansion of existing facilities, and then acquisition and development of new boating facilities. 
 
The commission will rank projects based on local, regional, and statewide needs, such as boat use and number of boaters served, relationship to adjacent or nearby public and private boating facilities (ramps and/or marinas), and needs based on strategic statewide, regional, or local plans.
 
For more information, visit the Fish & Boat Commission’s Boating Facility Program Grants webpage. Questions should be directed to (717) 346-8196 or scbollinge@pa.gov.