Boating Safety Financial Assistance


The U.S. Coast Guard supports the recreational boating safety community by funding three grant programs that encourage greater participation and uniformity in boating safety; to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on domestic waterways; to permit states, territories, and/or nonprofit organizations to assume the greater share of boating safety education, assistance, and enforcement activities; to assist states, territories, and/or nonprofit organizations in developing, carrying out, and financing their recreational boating safety programs; and to gather important information and data regarding the boating community, the number and different types of boats operated domestically, and how many hours are spent operating on the water.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
United States Coast Guard (Uscg), Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 114-94, 46 U.S.C. 131
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States & Territories: States and Territories must have a Coast Guard-approved boating safety program as described by 46 U.S.C. 131: Recreational Boating Safety. Nonprofits: Organizations do not have to be boating-related, but it must be a nongovernmental organization that has been accorded tax exempt status which is defined as having, or being capable of obtaining an IRS tax exempt classification (26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)). Boating Safety Survey Grant: Institutions of higher education or other public nonprofit institution/organization, quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, or other private institution/organization that can sufficiently demonstrate through their application significant experience in their ability to design, manage, and complete a nationwide statistical survey for the Federal Government.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific information.
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific credentials and/or required documentation. Our requirements may vary per competition.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific application procedures. Our procedures vary per competition.
Award Procedure
Please see the published Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific information. Program objectives and priorities, directing how assistance may be used, may vary per competition. Nonprofit applicants should review the competition announcement for a list of Areas of Interest. States and Territories may use funds for: acquisition, maintenance and operating costs of state recreational boating safety program facilities, equipment, and supplies; personnel salaries and reimbursable expenses; costs of training personnel; public boating safety education; cost of acquiring, constructing and repairing public access sites; costs of administering the program; and other expenses which the Secretary considers appropriate. All expenditures under the national recreational boating safety survey must be for activities related to the National Recreational Boating Safety Survey Grant Program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for information on performance reports.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Chapter 46 Part 13101-13109 Public Law 114-94

Matching is mandatory. 50%. States and Territories: The Federal share of funds expended on boating safety may not exceed 50 percent of total cost of a state program. There is no matching requirement for the nonprofit and national recreational boating safety survey grant programs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for program-specific information. The length of award and period of performance may vary per competition. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Allocation; Request and Receipt; Lump Sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Pavlo Oborski
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593 US
Phone: (202) 372-1055
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 19$110,134,520.00; FY 20 est $113,553,583.00; FY 21 est $109,554,485.00; FY 18$108,811,049.00; FY 17$113,048,728.00; FY 16$114,325,732.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Please see our website for previous and current awards: State and Territory grants are determined by a three-part formula mandated by statute. The 2020 nonprofit grants range from $50,000 to $500,000. The average award amount is approximately $144,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Please see our website for past and current grantee information:


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