Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program



Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting applications for U.S. Fish and Wildlife, BIG Tier I and Tier II grants. DBW is the designated State entity for administering these programs. Funding is through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

These federal grants are for boating infrastructure improvements that service transient recreational vessels that are at least 26 feet in length. Transient vessels are those “passing through” staying 15-days or less.

Projects completed using BIG funds must provide public access and may be publically or privately owned.

BIG Program is intended to:
      • Enhance access to recreational, historic, cultural and scenic resources
      • Strengthen community ties to the water’s edge and economic benefits
      • Promote public/private partnerships and entrepreneurial opportunities
      • Provide continuity of public access to the shore
      • Promote awareness of transient boating opportunities

Tier I

Up to $200,000 is available for projects in California. All Tier I grants must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20. Each Tier I grant cannot exceed $200,000; however, the State of California may award more than one (1) Tier I grant as long as the total amount of awarded grants doesn’t exceed $200,000.

Notice of Funding Opportunity BIG Tier I

Tier II

Up to $1.5 million may be awarded per project to California projects in the national competition. A total of $10 million is available for Tier II projects nationally. All Tier II grants must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20.

Notice of Funding Opportunity BIG Tier II


A complete grant application (see BIG Application Checklist) along with the requested supporting documentation must be received by DBW on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on July 31, 2019. Applications should be submitted to:
Division of Boating and Waterways
ATTN:  Deborah Holmes
One Capital Mall, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA  95814

Click the links below for application instructions: