What We Do
Established in 1998, the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) provides funding to states to provide greater access to the recreational, cultural, historic, scenic and natural resources within the United States for boats that are 26 feet or more in length (large cruising boats).
There are over 675,000 large cruising boats in the U.S. which have a significant economic impact on waterfront communities. The BIG program funds projects designed to improve docking and comfort facilities to better accommodate these boats.
Projects funded through the BIG program have many benefits, including:
- Strengthening local community ties to transient boaters and marine manufacturers
- Raising awareness of the economic benefits of recreational boating
- Promoting public/private partnerships and entrepreneurial opportunities
- Providing continuity of access to coastal communities
- Promoting awareness of transient boating opportunities
- Providing areas of safe harbor for transient boaters
By partnering with state fish and wildlife agencies, funds directed through the Boating Infrastructure Grant program in the U.S. have expanded opportunities for boating and water-related recreation and the economies and communities they support.
Funds for the BIG program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and are derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, and interest on the fund.