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PFBC SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR BOATING FACILITY GRANT PROGRAM

10/03/2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 3) – As a growing number of communities realize the positive social and economic impacts of providing convenient boating access along their local waterways, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is excited to offer the next round of Boating Facility Grants to help communities capitalize on the surge in new boating activity.  

The Boating Facility Grant Program provides grants for planning, acquisition, development, expansion, and rehabilitation of public boating facilities located on the waters of the Commonwealth.   

The PFBC encourages townships, boroughs, and municipal and county governments to apply.  Nonprofit groups (501c3) including land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations are also eligible to apply.  Private businesses and service clubs are not eligible for direct funding but are encouraged to partner with their local county or municipality. 

"Interest in boating continues to remain high among families and individuals looking to get outdoors," said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director.  "Many existing boating access points quickly reach their capacity with boaters eager to be on the water.  Funds awarded through this grant program can help communities improve existing access areas or develop something new to serve local residents and attract recreational boaters to their region." 

Applicants can seek grants for site acquisition, development, expansion, prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species, and rehabilitation of recreational boat access facilities.  Eligible construction projects may include boat ramps, courtesy floats, restrooms, access roads, parking areas and signs.  Funds may also be used to make facilities ADA compliant.  

Funding requests require a 50% match. For the 2022 round of grants, the PFBC will accept applications from anywhere in the Commonwealth. 

The deadline for applications is December 30, 2022. 

More information about the Boating Facility Grant Program and application form can be found on the PFBC website (Fishandboat.com): https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/BoatingFacilityGrantProgram.aspx.

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Media Contact:
Mike Parker
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(717) 585-3076
michparker@pa.gov

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