Federal grant program to improve boating infrastructure in 20 states

April 7th, 2022

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the agency’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program will provide more than $18 million in grant funding for 20 states to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. States receiving BIG grants include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, […]

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Federal spending bill supports recreational boating community

March 31st, 2022

President Biden recently signed into law the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriation bill, which includes significant funding for the recreational boating industry and takes into account funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. Included in […]

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Department of Transportation announces new port infrastructure grants

March 2nd, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced nearly $450 million in newly available grant funding for port-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)—by far the largest investment in the program ever. These grants will help ports expand capacity and improve the movement of goods through the nation’s supply chains. The announcement […]

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Department of the Interior announces $1.5 billion in funding for outdoor recreation

February 15th, 2022

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced a record $1.5 billion in annual funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program to support state and local outdoor recreational opportunities and wildlife and habitat conservation efforts, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The […]

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Bipartisan infrastructure law to provide $1 billion for Western water projects

January 27th, 2022

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week Western cities vulnerable to drought will receive $1 billion over the next five years through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law in November 2021. The funding was earmarked by Congress for water projects and will provide $550 million for water reclamation […]

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White House announces $14 billion investment in ports and waterway infrastructure

January 25th, 2022

The White House announced it will invest more than $14 billion in funding in fiscal year 2022 for more than 500 port and waterway infrastructure projects across 52 states and territories using money from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act, which was signed into law in November of 2021. This investment will allow for […]

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Boating industry priorities included in bipartisan infrastructure bill

August 17th, 2021

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Senate includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. Here are some key recreational boating industry priorities included […]

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Feds send $1 billion to state wildlife agencies

March 3rd, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is distributing $1 billion to state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Generated by the hunting and angling industries, these funds support regional conservation projects across the country. The 2021 WSFR apportionment is $121 million higher than the 2020 apportionment due to increases […]

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Federal grants pay for boating infrastructure projects

June 27th, 2019

The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to attract visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has $24.7 million in funds available to local governments, port agencies, private marinas and boat clubs. The associated visiting boater spending that BIG projects draw […]

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$1 billion to states for recreation access, conservation

April 11th, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, fishing equipment and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife […]

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