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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 no later than August 16, 2019. Approved projects are submitted for federal funding and if that funding is approved, a grant will be written and must then be approved by the Governor and Executive Council. This process takes at least a year from the time the project summary is submitted.

Note that organizations cannot directly apply for federal funding. NHDES must apply for federal funding on behalf of the organization and then that funding will be awarded to the organization by NHDES as a grant. Below are the information documents provided to the state agencies, which go into more detail about the requirements of this grant program and the application process.

For more information

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



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