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Grants to California Agencies to Improve
Public Recreational Boating Facilities

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California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)

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02/01/20 - Motorized and Non-Motorized Boat Launching Facilities Grants. Applications for Ramp Repair and Modification Grants will be accepted on an on-going basis


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Grants to California public agencies for projects that improve recreational boating facilities. Applicants should contact the Funding Source prior to applying. Grants are available for motorized boat and non-motorized boat launching facilities, and for the repair of ramps to improve public boating access.

Boat Launching Facility Grants for Motorized Boats

For a list of fundable projects, see DBW Boat Launching Facility Grant Scope Items Guide in Supporting Documents below.

Non-Motorized Boat Launching Facility Grants

For a list of fundable projects, see DBW Non-Motorized BLF Grant Scope Items Guide in Supporting Documents below.

Ramp Repair and Modifications Grants Program

This program provides funding to quickly restore safe and convenient public boating access by repairing, replacing, widening or extending boat ramps, boarding floats, restrooms and such that have been damaged by wind, waves, floods, accidents, wildfires, drought, or lake draw down. Facilities and components made unusable by general use or age are not eligible for this grant.

For a list of fundable projects, see DBW Ramp Repair Grant Scope Items in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150497

Term of Contract:

Projects are not fundable if the applicant cannot complete the project within three years of State funding availability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may indicate one of the following entity types on the application form:
-Special District
-Federal Government
-Other Public Agency (specify)

For a list of ineligible projects, see Supporting Documents below.

Note: The applicant must own or control the project area land and water, and operate and maintain the facility for 20 years for a Grant and 30 years for a Loan at no cost to the State.

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Thursday, December 5 from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM, DBW will host a workshop at our office in Sacramento where potential grant applicants can learn more about these programs and the application process. The workshop will also be available through teleconference for those who wish to attend remotely.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Joe Dux by December 3.

Pre-Application Information:

DBW accepts applications year round. Online grant applications for Boat Launching Facilities for Motorized Boats and for Non-Motorized Boat Launching Facilities are due Feb. 1, 2020 to be considered for funding in the State's Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget.

Applications for Ramp Repair and Modification Grants will be accepted on an on-going basis.

The first step in the grant application process is to contact the Division of Boating and Waterways. This should be done as soon as the need for the improvements is determined. If possible a Department representative may make a reconnaissance survey of the proposed project area to determine the suitability of the project under the Loan and Grant program, the need for improvements, the project scope and anticipated usage of the proposed project, the scope of Department participation, and the willingness and ability of the applicant to meet the program requirements.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Grants Application (OLGA) for Motorized and Non-Motorized Facility Grants:

Contact DBW at (916) 327-1816.

Send applications packages to:
Division of Boating and Waterways
Boating Facilities Development and Financing
Local Assistance Program
One Capitol Mall, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Keren Dill

For more information, please contact Joe Dux at or (916) 327-1816.

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