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Grants available to enhance public recreational boating

Posted March 27, 2013, at 3:44 p.m.

 AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Division of Parks and Public Lands is pleased to announce that it is seeking grant proposals to improve recreational boating access to the waters of the State of Maine for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, 2013, and ends June 30, 2014.

 “With 2,300 great ponds, 32,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 3,000 miles of coastline, the State of Maine offers unparalleled opportunities for recreational boating,” said Gov.Paul R. LePage in a press release. “However, with only 460 assured public recreational boat access sites, we need to do more to ensure the public has adequate access to these waters.”

The Maine Legislature established the Boating Facilities Fund in 1963, which is administered by the Division of Parks and Public Lands, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and is funded with the state tax on gasoline used by recreational motor boats. The Division uses these funds to acquire, develop and renovate recreational boat access sites and to place and maintain navigational buoys on nearly 50 inland lakes and ponds.

The Division’s philosophy is that boating access sites are more efficiently managed on the local level and so accomplishes most of its mission of providing boat access through a grant process.

Projects are expected to be in the $30,000 to $250,000 range and must be completed by June 30, 2015.  A 50% cash or in-kind match is required. Project proposals are due June 26, 2013.  A pre-application inspection by Division staff must be completed before an application is submitted. Requests for pre-application inspections must be made no later than May 17, 2013.

For more information call 207-287-4952 or see the Division’s Boating Grant website:http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/boating/grants.html

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