Sport Fish Restoration - Boat Access
These grants may be used to construct boat access projects. Eligible components include boat ramp construction and renovation, along with related amenities such as parking lots, accessible paths, lighting and restroom facilities. Funding for this program comes from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and a portion of the federal gas tax.
Applications are accepted yearly by the date below:
- Sport Fish Restoration Boat Access- February 1
Who can apply
Counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, and qualified lake associations are eligible to apply for this grant program.
Eligible projects are new boat ramp construction and renovations, development and renovation of parking lots, accessible paths, lighting and restroom facilities, and related channel dredging.
Grant application materials for boat access projects must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Feb. 1.
Before applying you should
- Read Program Guidance for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Subaward Grant Program: Boating Infrastructure Grant, Clean Vessel Act, and Sport Fish Restoration for Boat Access and Fishing Piers.
- Contact the grant program manager to discuss your project prior to submitting the program application.
Federal Government Transition from DUNS to UEI
As of April 4, 2022, the federal government discontinued using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities. Previously, DNR grantees receiving federal funds needed to provide a DUNS number as part of the grant process. As of April 4th, grantees receiving federal funds will now have to provide a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov (office website of the U.S. government). Entities registered in SAM.gov prior to April 4th already have their UEI viewable in SAM.gov. The following website provides more information regarding the transition from DUNS number to UEI: https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/federal-acquisition-service/office-of-systems-management/integrated-award-environment-iae/iae-systems-information-kit/unique-entity-identifier-update.
At this time, the DUNS field on the application has not been transitioned to accept the UEI number. Please include your UEI number in your application email.
Note: If you are having problems opening forms, visit PDF Help.
- Sport Fish Restoration Grant Programs Application (Form 8700-385)
- Grant Project Authorizing Resolution (Form 8700-388)
DO NOT FORGET THE ATTACHMENTS!! Your application is not considered complete if you do not include the required attachments
- Project resolution by grant applicant authorizing participation. A sample resolution can be found under the Applying tab.
- Project location clearly marked on a map
- Project area footprint outlined on a map
- Topographical map of project location showing land disturbance area
- Illustration (drawings/photos) of project area in its current condition including all existing facilities
- Drawings or site plan of the proposed project area including buildings, parking lots, ramps piers, etc.
- Preliminary or final engineering plans for all grant project components that include pier designs that show pier approach, the water depth along the pier, and the width and length of the piers
- Draft easement, lease, or MOU/MOA document (if development project is on land not owned by applicant)
- Copy of required permit(s) (if already recieved)
Submitting an application
All grant applications must be sent to the department by the date listed in the Deadlines Tab.
Email applications to DNRBIGCVASFRGrants@wisconsin.gov.
In the subject line of the email, enter the type of grant you are applying for. All application materials should be saved in PDF format and should not exceed 15 megabytes (MB) in size. If email size (including attachments) exceeds 15 MB, send documents in multiple emails. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application has been submitted by the deadline. The applicant will receive a confirmation email when the application has been received or if any additional materials are required.
- Accessibility Guidance for Grant Funded Projects (CF-031)
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Part 200)
- Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Handling Storm Water at Boat Access Sites
- Evaluation of DNR Funded Public Boat Access Site Development Projects – Water Quality Impact Focus
- Public Boating Access Fee Schedule Application, Approval & Order (Form 3600-213)
The following factors are considered in establishing projects.
- Distance of proposed projects from other recreational boating facilities.
- Demand for safe boating facilities.
- Number of existing facilities.
- Number of projects underway.
- Applicant's commitment of matching funds.
- Grant Payment Request & Worksheet (Form 8700-001)
- Grant Partner Financial Data Report (Form 9300-230) - Required by all grantees before reimbursement from DNR is possible.
- Volunteer Labor Worksheet (Form 8700-349B) - used to capture volunteer hours (if applicable)
- Volunteer Labor Summary (Form 8700-349C) - used to summarize volunteer hours (if applicable)
- Contact information
- For additional information about the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) grant program, please contact:
- Faith Murray
Grant Program Manager