Deaton’s Waterfront Services is proud to work with local governments and municipalities to provide more people access to their waterfront. Typically, our most common packages that we install are fishing piers, EZ Launches, EZ Trails, or new dock packages. One common problem when dealing with government applications is a lack of funding. Deaton’s Waterfront Services is proud to offer information about grant opportunities.
Clean Vessel Act Grant (CVA)
The CVA was signed into law in 1992 to provide funds to construct, renovate and maintain pump outs.
For more information, visit the CVA website.
Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG)
The BIG became part of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund in 1998. Each year the USFWS distributes grant money for constructing docks and other amenities for transient boats in length of 26′ or more.
For more information, visit the BIG website.
Boating Access Grant
The Boating Access (BA) Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects that provide access to America’s waterways by developing new access facilities or renovation and/or improvement of existing facilities.
For more information, visit the BA Program website.
Next Level Trails Grant
The Next Level Trails Grant seeks to provide local agencies the funding to build trails to connect towns, cities, parks, and more.
For more information, visit the Next Level Trails website.
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant
The Recreational Trails Program is a matching assistance program that provides funding for the acquisition and/or development of multi-use recreational trail projects. Both motorized and non-motorized projects may qualify for assistance.
For more information, visit the RTP Website.
Wabash Heritage Corridor Fund
The Wabash Heritage Corridor Fund seeks to aid in the renaissance of the Wabash River. Adjacent counties are eligible to apply for this grant aimed to provide better access to the Wabash River.
For more information, Visit the Wabash Heritage Corridor Fund website.
Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The LWCF grant provides governments funds to acquire new land or water provisions to increase facilities to keep up with demand. This includes waterfront access such as new docks and more.
For more information, visit the LWCF website to determine if you are eligible for this grant.
Boating Access Area Development (BAAD) Program
The Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary A/E services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois’ lakes and rivers.
For more information, visit the BAAD Program website.
Illinois Coastal Management Program (CMP)
The ICMP will award grants to projects that protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.
For more information, visit the Illinois CMP website.
Illinois Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
Illinois provides access to the Recreational Trails Program aimed to provide the local areas with more trails.
For more information, visit the IRTP website.
Coastal Management Assistance Program
The Coastal Management Assistance Program seeks to provide local governments and non-profits access to funds that protect and preserve the natural shoreline of Lake Erie.
For more information, visit the Ohio CMA website.
Ohio DNR Watercraft Grants
The Ohio DNR Watercraft division offers several grants to provide boating access, marine patrol grants, and more.
For more information, visit the Ohio DNR Watercraft website.
ODNR Recreational Grants
The ODNR provides several recreational grants aimed to provide new trail and waterfront accesses. This includes the federal RTP seeking to provide new trail access.
For more information, visit the ODNR Real Estate website.
Kentucky Recreational Trail Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trail Program aims to provide local governments access to funding to construct new recreational trails.
For more information, please visit the Kentucky Recreational Trail Program website.
Kentucky Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The LWCF is a source of funding for local governments to renovate or provide facilities for trails, boating, and fishing.
For more information, please visit the Kentucky LWCF website.
Michigan Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. This includes new boating and fishing facilities.
For more information, visit the Michigan LWCF website.
Outdoor Recreation and Legacy Partnership Program
The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities in urban areas.
For more information, visit the ORLP website.
Waterways Program Grant
Waterways Program grants provide assistance for engineering studies and infrastructure improvement projects at 63 Grant-in-Aid harbors and boating access sites.
For more information, visit the Waterways Program Grant website.
Recreation Passport Grant
The objective for the program is to provide funding to local units for the development of public recreation facilities. This includes the development of new facilities and the renovation of old facilities.
For more information, visit the Recreation Passport Grant website.
Missouri Outdoor Recreation Grants
The Missouri State Parks provides both the RTP Grant and LWCF Grant. The goal of these grants is to provide local governments funding to construct or renovate new facilities for trails, boating, or fishing.
For more information, visit the Missouri Outdoor Recreation Grants website.
The Tallassee Fund is designed to provide funding for land and water conservation in the state of Tennessee.
For more information, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Grants website.
Tennessee Recreational Education Services Grants
The Tennessee Recreational Education Services provides several grants to local governments to increase recreational activities. Among these grants are the Recreational Trails Program and Land and Water Conservation grant. The goal of these grants is to provide local governments funding to construct or renovate new facilities for trails, boating, or fishing.
For more information, visit the RES Grants website.