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Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

MaineDOT is pleased to announce a Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program funding opportunity, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for projects that may benefit 26 feet or larger recreational transient boats.

These improvements are eligible for both public or private facilities!

It is important to note that the project improvements often benefit all users in a harbor or coastal tidewater facility. This is an important opportunity to help improve Maine coastal communities.

Please review carefully the application criteria from the notice of Availability for Fiscal Year 2014 Tier 2 BIG Grant Program from the USFWS:

After review, if your community or private business feels that it has an eligible candidate for consideration, and can fulfill all the requirements including pulling all the information together for an application, please fill out the following questionnaire:

Please send the questionnaire by email to by Friday, September, 27th, 2013 to be considered for this opportunity. Because of the short timing, the sooner the better.

Once you submit, a site visit or phone call will be set up before the community/private entity actually moves forward with pulling the information together for the application to USFWS, which is due October 25th.

View the Powerpoint overview of SHIP and Boating Infrastructure Grant Program