Grant opportunities from the PA Fish and Boat Commission

PFBC grant opportunities noted by Hannah Hardy at PEC. The PA Fish & Boat Commission has three current grant openings.

1. Sportfishing & Aquatic Resource Education Program

The 2010 applications for the Pennsylvania Sportfishing & Aquatic Resource Education Grant Program are now available.

2. Boating Facility Grant Program

This program encourages local governments and nonprofit groups which are interested in providing or improving public boating facilities to apply for funding through the agency’s Boating Facilities Grant Program. Contact: Eric Levis, Director of Communications at 717.705.7806 or for more information. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec.18, 2009. Eligible activities include the rehabilitation, expansion or construction of new boat ramps, bulkheads, courtesy floats, access roads, parking areas, restrooms, signs and localized landscaping. Activities must benefit and directly support public recreational boating. Eligible projects must occur on public lands owned by the project sponsor, or where the sponsor has a long-term lease or agreement on the site.

3. Clean Vessel Act Program

The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program, a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) funds the construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boats. Applications must be submitted to the PFBC by Dec. 1, 2009. The PFBC is the only entity within Pennsylvania eligible to apply to the FWS for funding under the CVA program, and is looking for interested partners to utilize these funds. CVA funds are available to both public and private entities that meet program requirements.

Detailed information on the federal CVA grant program:

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