PA -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is now encouraging county and municipal
governments interested in the planning, acquisition, development, expansion, or rehabilitation of public
boating facilities to apply for funding through the Boating Facility
The program is designed
to help local governments provide or improve recreational boat access facilities in their communities
that are open to the public. Private businesses, non-profit or not-for-profit organizations, and service
clubs are not eligible for direct funding, but are encouraged to partner with their local government
Applicants can seek grants 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 public lands
owned by the project sponsor or leased for at least 25 years where 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, 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.
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. Since funding for the grant program
is derived principally from fees on registered motorboats, the highest funding priorities are those
projects that serve or provide direct benefits to this user group. Since many access sites are used by both motorized
and non-motorized boats, the Commission will give priority to projects that have 70% or more motorized use based on
a review of existing use at the site or nearby sites. The Commission will grant 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.
Successful applicants must
agree to provide a 25% grant match and be willing to enter into a long-term agreement to keep the facility
open to free public use. The PFBC will give priority funding consideration to applicants that provide more than the
required 25% match, thereby, reducing the total amount of grant funds required to complete the projects. The PFBC
recognizes that in some instances, matching funds will not easily be obtained by the applicant. In some of these select
instances, the Commission may approve up to 100% of the construction costs.
The Boating Facility Grant Program is a reimbursable grant program. Grant funds
will be disbursed to the applicants/recipients only after completion of the project occurs and agency
staff has verified that the work has been completed.
grant funds are available in each annual state fiscal period as authorized and allocated by the PFBC.
The deadline for applications this year is September 30, 2008 (extended to October 31, 2008). All work
funded for this round of grants should be completed by December 31, 2010. The Commission may adjust
the amount of funds available, application, and consideration dates to meet existing needs or opportunities
that may occur. Large projects may be phased in over several fiscal years to maximize leverage, distribution,
and availability of funds.
The Boating Facility Grant Program funds are derived from
boat registration fees, state fuel taxes collected on fuel used in motorboats, and taxes on fishing
equipment and motorboat fuel from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program. No general state funds are used
for any Commission programs.
For more information
about the Boating Facility Grant Program and for application forms, visit the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/grants.htm.