PA Commission announces Boating Facilities Grant Program

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that non-profit land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations may now apply for grants through the agency’s Boating Facilities Grant Program. The program previously allowed only local government entities to apply for the grants.

The grant program will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the costs for land acquisition, project design and engineering, development, expansion, and major rehabilitation of public recreational boat access facilities in Pennsylvania.

Eligible activities include the rehabilitation, expansion or construction of new boat ramps, bulkheads, courtesy floats, access roads, parking areas, restrooms, signs, and localized landscaping. Program grant funds are available in each annual state fiscal period as authorized and allocated by the PFBC. The application deadline is October 31, 2008.

The Boating Facility Grant Program funds are derived from boat registration fees, state fuel taxes collected on fuel used in motorboats, and taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program. General state funds are not used for this program.