Boating Safety Financial Assistance

Awards are made to States to encourage greater participation and uniformity in boating safety, permit the States to assume the greater share of boating safety education, assistance, and enforcement activities, and to assist the States in developing, carrying out and financing their recreational boating

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safety programs.

Awards are made available to national non-profit public service organizations to support national recreational boating safety activities.

Awards for a national recreational boating safety survey are designed to gather information necessary to produce valid and reliable estimates of: the numbers of different types and sizes of boats that are owned in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; the number of boats that are operated on the water; the number of days and hours that boats are operated and the number of persons aboard; the number and characteristics of persons comprising the general population that go out on the water in recreational boats; and other needed data regarding recreational boating safety.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 2,856,954   2019-10-012023-01-15
Natural Resources, Maryland Department Of $ 3,799,889   2019-10-012023-01-15
Natural Resources, Ohio Department Of $ 3,086,563   2019-10-012023-01-15
Natural Resources, South Carolina Department Of $ 2,933,994   2019-10-012023-01-15
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida $ 9,785,770   2019-10-012023-01-15
Michigan Department Of Natural Resources $ 5,734,342   2019-10-012023-01-15
Texas Parks And Wildlife Department $ 3,843,679   2019-10-012023-01-15
Natural Resources, Minnesota Department Of $ 3,342,722   2019-10-012023-01-15
Boating And Waterways, California Department Of $ 6,116,911   2019-10-012023-01-15
Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 3,086,408   2019-10-012023-01-15



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Coast Guard entered into contractual obligations with 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and national nonprofit public service organizations. Fiscal Year 2017: The Coast Guard will enter into contractual obligations with 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and national nonprofit public service organizations. Fiscal Year 2018: The Coast Guard will enter into contractual obligations with 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and national nonprofit public service organizations.

Uses and Use Restrictions

States (includes Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Marianas, and the District of Columbia) are eligible applicants.

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.

National non-profit public service organizations may apply for and receive a combined total of up to 5 percent of the funds available in any 1 year.

The application process for non-profit public service organizations may be competitive.

All expenditures under the national recreational boating safety survey must be for activities related to the National Recreational Boating Safety Survey Grant Program.

Please refer to the FY 2016 Opportunity Announcement.

National non-profit public service organizations may apply for and receive a combined total of up to 5 percent of the funds available in any 1 year.

The application process for non-profit public service organizations may be competitive.

There is $1.5 million authorized per year for conducting a national recreational boating safety survey that may be used for survey methodology, development, and for conducting the survey.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For the State recreational boating safety program, States must have a Coast Guard-approved boating safety program.

For the non-profit organization grant program, organizations do not have to be boating-related but it must be a nongovernmental organization (City, County, or State governments or municipalities, for example, are not eligible) and it must be accorded a non-profit organization 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)). For the national recreational boating safety survey grant program, institutions of higher education or other public non-profit institution/organization, quasi-public non-profit 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

See program guidance.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicant Eligibility: States (including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Marianas, and the District of Columbia) having a Coast Guard-approved boating safety program may apply for financial assistance. States may not receive more than one-half of the total costs incurred for their boating safety program. States must have a boating safety program as described in 46 U.S.C. 13102 (c) to be eligible for a full share of the funds. National non-profit public service organizations applying under the national non-profit grant program must demonstrate being capable of obtaining an IRS tax exempt classification (26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)) For the national recreational boating safety survey grant program, applicants must sufficiently demonstrate through their application significant experience in their ability to design, manage, and complete a nationwide statistical survey for the Federal Government. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the State application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act (P.L. 114-94), Public Law 114-94, 46 U.S.C 13101-13109.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Renewals may be available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act (P.L. 114-94), Chapter 46, Part 13101-13109. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. One-third of the funds available to the States shall be divided equally among eligible States; one-third shall be divided among eligible States based on the ration of vessels numbered under approved State numbering systems; the remaining one-third shall be divided among eligible States based on the ratio of State funds spent for State boating safety programs in the previous fiscal year. The Federal share of funds expended on boating safety may not exceed 50 percent of total cost of a State Program. Funds remain available for obligation by the State for 3 years following date of allocation. Not more than 5 percent of the appropriation may be allocated to national non-profit public service organizations. The application process for non-profit public service organizations may be competitive. There is no matching requirement for grants to non-profit organizations under the national non-profit organization grant program. There is no matching requirement for the national recreational boating safety survey grant program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Allocation; Request and Receipt; Lump Sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Refer to program guidance document.

Refer to program guidance document.

Refer to program guidance document.

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Refer to program guidance document.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Records

Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-8149-0-7-403.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $114,325,732; FY 17 est $113,048,728; and FY 18 est $109,106,865

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

44 CFR Part 13 (States) and 49 CFR Part 19 (non-profit organizations); Office of Management and Budget Circular Nos. A-87; A-102; A-110; A-122; A-133; 'Grant Management Manual for the National Non-profit Organization Recreational Boating Safety Grant Program (COMINST M16755.4);' and the State Recreational Boating Safety Program State Guide (COMDTPUB P16755.3).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Pavlo Oborski 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20593-7501 Phone: (202) 372-1055

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance document.



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