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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Sport Fish Restoration Program provides funding for boating infrastructure projects. This funding is given to the states to distribute to approved projects. Any organization, including private businesses, can and are encouraged to apply to NHDES for this funding. Before requesting more information, review this list of eligibility requirements: 

  • Boating infrastructure refers to the structures, equipment, accessories and services that are necessary or desirable for a facility to accommodate eligible vessels. It cannot include food service, retail, parking lots or lodging.
  • Eligible vessels are transient (those passing through or by a place, staying up to 15 days), used primarily for pleasure, and are 26 feet or longer.
  • The infrastructure must be available to the public.
  • The project must provide the required 25% match and, in addition, must provide the match needed to fund the administration of this program.

Applying for Funding

There are two types of funding, tier 1 and tier 2. Tier 1 grants fund up to $200,000 and tier 2 grants fund larger projects. For either funding type, interested parties should send a summary of the project to NHDES using the contact information below. Tier 2 grants are much more competitive and require a greater level of detail in the grant proposal, this generally means that the proposal will take a longer period of time to complete. Proposals for federal funding are submitted by NHDES in August/September and, if approved, funding is received in July of the following year. If there are no delays in the receipt of funds, NHDES can then write a grant for the project, which must be approved by the Governor and Executive Council. This process typically takes between 1-3 months. Work (including purchases) on the boating infrastructure cannot begin until the Governor and Executive Council approve the grant. Some exceptions may be made but must be approved in advance by the federal funding agency.

At this time there are no funding opportunities available, however, previous years' documents can be made available upon request as a guideline for what funding opportunities may look like in the future. Project summaries are accepted by NHDES at any time during the year.

For more information

Contact Melanie Cofrin at or (603) 271-8803.

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