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AZGFD sponsors grant funding to improve public boating facilities

Posted September 29, 2020

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) anticipates offering $200,000 in federal grant money to enhance and improve public boating facilities at Arizona lakes and waterways over the next two years. The funds are anticipated to be available during the next two state fiscal years through the federal Clean Vessel Act grant.

This federal program has a focus on public boating facilities specifically intended to accommodate sewage associated with boating activities. Funding for the grant is provided by federal taxes on the sale of equipment related to fishing and boating, and on motorboat fuel. Under this program, anglers and boaters who pay these fees and taxes directly benefit from the grant funding. These funds are allocated annually back to each state to support and develop facilities used by these same anglers and boaters.

Agencies, marinas and individuals eligible for the grant funds are those with legal ownership or control of public boating facilities on any Arizona public waterway where pumpouts, pumpout boats, dump stations or floating restrooms are common or needed.

Grant funds are awarded through a competitive application process, and applications are reviewed and rated on the basis of department priorities, project feasibility, and overall merit as they relate to the current needs of the boating public. Actual federal funds available will vary depending on the number of applications received. Multiple grant awards are anticipated. No state funding is currently available through these programs.

Grant applications must be received at AZGFD’s Phoenix headquarters no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. For more information on eligibility, scoring criteria and how to apply for the grants, visit the department’s boating facilities web page at www.azgfd.gov/boatingfacilities.