Skip to main content

Interior department offers funding for boating grants

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday announced $14.7 million in 2017-18 federal funding for grants.
From left are Morgan Neuhoff, government affairs program coordinator for BoatUS; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; BoatUS public affairs vice president Scott Croft; and BoatUS membership vice president Heather Lougheed.

From left are Morgan Neuhoff, government affairs program coordinator for BoatUS; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; BoatUS public affairs vice president Scott Croft; and BoatUS membership vice president Heather Lougheed.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday announced $14.7 million in 2017-18 federal funding for grants under the Boating Infrastructure Grant, or B.I.G., program, which funnels user taxes paid by boaters to develop transient boating projects.

Zinke shared a check for the amount with BoatUS membership vice president Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of the nation’s recreational boaters, in a ceremony in Yorktown, Va.

Zinke and BoatUS also urged municipal marinas, private marinas and boat and yacht clubs to consider applying for available funds by the Sept. 11 deadline.

“These three grant programs provide critical support to local communities, whether through the preservation of American maritime heritage or by ensuring the facilities and waters anglers and boaters depends on are in the best condition,” Zinke said, according to a BoatUS statement. “Although these grants come from different funding sources, none would be possible without great partnerships.”

Funding for the B.I.G. program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, an approximately $600 million fund paid for by boaters and anglers through motorboat fuel and excise taxes on fishing and related equipment.

About 72 percent of the total trust fund dollars come from motorboat fuel taxes. The user-pay, user-benefit trust fund is administered in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for boating infrastructure and access grants such as B.I.G.

Prior to the event, Zinke engaged in a roundtable discussion with local boating and fishing stakeholders, including National Marine Manufacturers Association staff and members of the States Organization for Boating Access, according to the NMMA.

The conversation focused on the importance of such grants, the economic impact of boating to local economies and opportunities for greater efficiencies within the Department of Interior.

Related

Teaser-Graphic-6-29-22_2

2022 Women in the Industry Summit, Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony & Reception

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022, MARRIOTT TAMPA WATER STREET, TAMPA, FL

DealerOutlook

Seabins Coming to Lake Erie

The devices, deployed as part of a pilot program, skim and collect debris from the water, including microplastics. Meanwhile, MBIA announces scholarship funds.

1_BOATSETTER

Boatsetter Reports Uptick in Rentals

The on-water experience company has seen triple-digit growth in pontoon and party-boat rentals, as well as fishing and yacht charters.

1_SMARTGYRO

Smartgyro Signs Distributors, Hires Sales Manager

The company said the three U.S. distributors, working with Bob Walker, will help expand its dealer network and brand recognition.

1_YEARGIN

The Upside of a Downturn

Economic challenges should push you to develop a strategy that helps you weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.

1_TRAVELIFT.COOP

Marine Travelift Launches Co-op Program

The company received its first student, a University of Wisconsin engineering major, in the seven-month paid co-op.

1_JULY4

Trade Only Today Returns Tuesday

The e-newsletter will not publish July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe holiday weekend.

1_ORR.FUNDS

ORR Announces Federally Funded Projects

The U.S. Economic Development Administration prioritized outdoor recreation for the first time