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Virginia Grants Available to Localities for Public Boating Access Facilities
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries announces the availability of boating access grants through Oct. 1, 2012 and is currently accepting applications. Eligible to receive grants are Virginia localities (counties, cities, and towns). The purpose of the grants is to assist localities in providing public opportunities for boating through new facilities development and/or renovations and improvements to existing public boating access facilities. For more details, go online to to download the following information:

Public Boating Access Grants to Localities Program Package

Areas of Need (for Boating Access)

Accessibility Guidelines for Boating Access Facilities

DGIF Design Standards

Cooperator Boating Access Maintenance Requirements

Questions and Answers

Recreational boating is a popular activity and there are approximately 250,000 registered boats in Virginia. Many more boats-canoes and kayaks-that are not registered use existing facilities and are in need of additional sites. This grant program provides up to 75% of the approved project costs to construct or renovate boating access facilities for both trailered and smaller, hand-launched boats. Applications are due no later than October 1, 2012; grants will be awarded by January 1, 2013. Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

For more information, contact Steve Kesler at, office phone (804) 561-1447, or cell phone (804) 840-9493