Submitting a Proposal to the BIG Program

Proposals for 2016 funds are due to DNR no later than 5:00 PM on 07/01/14.

Types of Funding Available

There are two types of grants, Tier I and Tier II:

Tier I Projects

In any given funding cycle, the State of South Carolina may receive a total of $100,000 for Tier I projects. All Tier I projects must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20. Each Tier I project cannot exceed $100,000; however, the State of South Carolina may select one (1) or as many Tier I projects as are eligible so long as the aggregate of these projects does not total more than that year’s funding cycle allotment. Tier One projects compete against other South Carolina projects for funding.

Tier II Projects

In any given funding cycle, and on a nationally competitive basis, the National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program expects to make available between $3 million and $4 million for Tier II projects. There are no dollar limits for Tier II projects. All Tier II projects must meet the eligibility requirements of 50 CFR 86.20. Each project will compete nationally against every other project in Tier II. Tier Two projects compete against other South Carolina projects and if selected by the committee, they compete on a National Level.

Who can apply?

Both publicly owned (state, county, cities, towns, or villages) and privately owned (any facility not associated with government) marina facilities that are open to the public and located in South Carolina are eligible to apply for funding.

Grantees must meet all Federal Regulations as detailed in USFWS 50 CFR Part 86 (see Resources & Links).

Grantees are required to be registered in the SC Procurement System (see Resources & Links).

Calendar Year 2014 Timeline

  1. January – February 2014: Announcement letter sent to marinas statewide and SCMA.
  2. February –March 2014: Workshops to educate potential applicants.
  3. February – June 2014: DNR assist applicants in developing proposals.
  4. June 2014: Expected USFWS BIG Request For Proposals (RFP).
  5. July 1, 2014: Applications due to DNR. Applications received after 7/1/14 will not be considered for funding.
  6. July 2014: DNR review of applications.
  7. August 1st: SC Tier I & Tier 2 selections are announced.
  8. September 2014: DNR recommendations due to USFWS.
  9. March 2015: USFWS notifies DNR and DNR announces awards. Award does not necessarily guarantee funding, which is contingent upon:
    1. Receiving all required permits (see #10).
    2. Receiving all required compliance documents (see #11).
    3. Successful disbursement of funds from USFWS.
  10. Grantee provides documentation to DNR that the required permits (SC-DHEC/OCRM; USACE) have been acquired for the awarded project.

Submitting a Proposal

DNR will consider proposals that:

  1. Plan to construct, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities for transient, nontrailerable, recreational vessels. (15 points).
    • Transient: 10-day visit or less.
    • Nontrailerable: 26 feet or more in length.
    • Recreational: operated primarily for pleasure; or leased, rented, or chartered to another person for the latter’s pleasure.

  2. Provide for public/private and public/public partnership efforts to develop, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities. (Maximum 15 points total: 5 points per partner).
    • Partners are organizations, agencies or individuals other than the USFWS and SCDNR.
    • The partnership must bring something of significant financial value (money or in-kind contributions) to the project.
    • The partner's contribution must be reasonable and necessary to accomplish the proposed work.
    • Include letters of support.

  3. Use innovative techniques to increase the availability of tie-up facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels (includes education/information). (Maximum 15 points total: 5 points per example of innovativeness).
    • To be judged innovative the example must provide a sense of vision or an idea of value that is not routinely included in this type of boating access project; explain how the innovative item or activity will benefit the proposed project.
    • Be creative but realistic.

  4. Include private, local, or other State funds in addition to the non-Federal match, described in § 86.42. (Maximum 15 points total: 26-35% non-federal match = 5 points, 36-49% non-federal match = 10 points, 50% and above non-federal match = 15 points).
    • Include only the non-federal value of cash or in-kind match.
    • Contributions must be reasonable and necessary to the completion of the BIG project.
    • Do not include any contributions that are not directly related to the BIG project.

  5. Are cost efficient. Proposals are cost efficient when the tie-up facility or access site’s features add a high value compared with the funds from the proposal, for example, where you construct a small feature such as a transient mooring dock within an existing harbor that adds high value and opportunity to existing features (restrooms, utilities, etc.). A proposal that requires installing all of the above features would add less value for the cost. (Maximum 10 points: 0-5 points for adding to an existing facility; 1-5 points based on federal cost per slip or space, <$12,500 per slip = 5 points, $12,501-$25,000 per slip = 4 points, $25,001 - $55,000 per slip = 3 points, $55,001-$80,000 per slip = 2 points, >$80,001 per slip = 1 point).
    • Proposals are cost efficient if they add to an existing facility, assuming that an existing facility requires less infrastructure development. This is a sliding scale with more points awarded for increased existing amenities.
    • The second half of scoring in this section is based on federal cost per slip with the point schedule noted above.

  6. Provide a significant link to prominent destination way points such as those near metropolitan population centers, cultural or natural areas, or that provide safe harbors from storms. (10 points – all or nothing).
    • o To receive 10 points, describe how the proposed project provides a significant link to, or safe harbor within or along, a cruising route. Include in the proposal a description of expected use patterns, where transient boaters may be coming from and where they may go after using your facility.

  7. Provide access to recreational, historic, cultural, natural, or scenic opportunities of national, regional, or local significance (Maximum of 15 points – 5 points per attraction).
    • The proposal must give examples of local, regional, and national attractions that are easily accessed from the project location.
    • The proposal must state proximity to the attraction and method of transportation (courtesy car, bus, taxi, etc.); walking distance is preferred.
    • Proposals receive 5 points for a local attraction, 5 points for a regional attraction, and 5 points for a national attraction.

  8. Provide significant positive economic impacts to a community. For example, a project that costs $100,000 and attracts a number of boaters who altogether spend $1 million a year in the community. (Maximum 5 points – sliding scale).
    • The proposal must give specific examples of economic benefit to the community, such as the expected number and estimated value of each overnight stay in the community.
    • The economic benefit estimate is based upon the impact of the BIG project, not the marina facility as a whole.

  9. Include multi-State efforts that result in coordinating location of tie-up facilities. (5 points – all or nothing).
    • More information to follow.

  10. Total possible points: 105 points.
No. Criteria Points
1. Construct Tie-up Facilities 15
2. Provide Partnership Efforts 5-15
3. Use Innovative Techniques 0-15
4. Include Other Funding Sources 5-15
5. Are Cost Efficient 0-15
6. Provide Way Point Linkage 10
7. Provide Access To Opportunities 5-15
8. Provide Significant Economic Impacts 1-5
9. Include Multi-State Efforts 5
10. Total Possible Points 105