BOAT LAUNCHING FACILITY 2025/2026 GRANT APPLICATION & APPLICANT WORKSHOP

Applications for the Boat Launching Facility (BLF) 2026/2027 funding cycle are being accepted through the Online Grant Application (OLGA) until February 1, 2025. DBW recorded a virtual Applicant Workshop session on December 5, 2019 to answer questions applicants may have regarding the BLF program, OLGA, and the grant application process. Prior to submitting an application, you should review the 25-minute Applicant Workshop available here and slide deck available here. The webinar provides an overview of the BLF grant program, reviews the grant application and scoring criteria, and includes recommendations for writing a competitive application. 

 

 

   
ProjectGranteeGrant Amount
Arcata NMBFL City of Arcata $550,000
Davies BLF Planning City of Long Beach $300,000
Davies BLF Construction City of Long Beach $6,000,000
Donner Lake BLF Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District $1,702,400
East Park Reservoir BLF Bureau of Reclamation $150,000
Hudeman Slough BLF Sonoma County Regional Parks $754,000
Isleton BLF City of Lakeport $200,000
Lake Skinner BLF Riverside County $200,000 
Lake Webb West BLF Kern County $1,160,000 
Lakeport BLF City of Lakeport $135,250 
Minersville BLF United States Forest Service-Trinity Shasta $4,850,000 
Owen River Water Trail NMBLF Inyo County Water District $110,000 
Pillar Point Harbor BLF San Mateo Harbor County Harbor District $400,000
Port San Luis Trailer BLF Port San Luis Harbor District $442,358 
Rock Creek Lake BLF (Planning) United States Forest Service-Inyo $200,000 
Rock Creek Lake BLF (Construction) United States Forest Service-Inyo $1,500,000 
Samoa BLF City of Eureka $200,000 
Silver Lake BLF United States Forest Service-Trinity Shasta $910,000
Stoney Gorge Reservoir BLF Bureau of Reclamation $150,000
Tuolumne River Front Park NMBLF City of Modesto $780,000 
Ventura Harbor BLF Ventura Port Harbor $890,000
Wiest Lake BLF Imperial County $1,430,000

 

Grants and Loans Available for Recreational Boating Facilities with Public Access

  • Loan and grant applications are only accepted via OLGA on a continuous basis.
  • Applications for each grant/loan listed below are being accepted through February 1, 2025:
    • Boat Launching Facility
    • Ramp Repair and Modification
    • Non-Motorized Boating Facility Grants
  • Applications for Boat Launching Facilities (BLF), Non-Motorized Boating Facility, and Ramp Repair and Modification Grants will be considered for funding in the State's Fiscal Year 2026-2027 budget.

Grants and loans are awarded on a competitive basis as funding allows.

Grants are made to qualifying public agencies to fund facilities such as boat launching ramps, boarding floats, and associated parking areas, restrooms, and lighting for motorized and non-motorized boaters.

Loans are made to qualifying public and private entities to pay for improvements to marinas.

Read the Application Overview prior to beginning the application process.  Prior to submitting an application, review the application checklist to ensure your submittal is complete. A resolution from your governing body is required.

BOAT LAUNCHING FACILITY GRANTS FOR MOTORIZED BOATS

Grant applications for Boat Launching Facilities for Motorized Boats are only accepted online through February 1, 2025.

NON-MOTORIZED BOAT LAUNCHING FACILITY GRANTS

Grant applications for Non-Motorized Boat Launching Facilities are only accepted online through February 1, 2025.

RAMP REPAIR AND MODIFICATION GRANTS

PRIVATE AND PUBLICLY OWNED RECREATIONAL MARINA LOANS

The Public and Private Marina Loan programs are suspended pending the outcome of a current evaluative process and identification of a funding source.  If you are interested in further information about a potential future loan funded by these programs, contact Casey Caldwell at: casey.caldwell@parks.ca.gov.

RESOURCES:

Each individual project must be approved through the State budget process. Once DBW begins reviewing the applications, they will become part of the State's confidential budget-making process, and DBW will be unable to provide updates on the status of applications. However, we will send notifications to applicants to acknowledge receipt of complete applications, and we will contact applicants during the review process if we need additional or updated information about a project. When the Governor’s budget is released in January 2026, it will usually include a list of projects that are proposed to the Legislature for grant funding in fiscal year 2026-27. DBW expects the State budget to be finalized in June 2026. DBW typically prepares grant agreements for approved projects several months thereafter.

DBW grant funds are not available to grantees until a fully executed grant agreement is in place. DBW will not fund any project work that occurs before that time. 

For more information, please contact Joe Dux at Joe.Dux@parks.ca.gov.