DEEP: Boating Infrastructure Grant Application Questions & Answers

2018 Boating Infrastructure Grant Applications – Questions and Answers to RFA
 
 
 
Q: I went to the designated site & downloaded the RFA (27 pages).  Within this package is a document labeled " Appendix A: Sample Application"...is this the actual grant application?
A: Yes.  The sample application is the form that must be completed as part of the grant application.  Please note that additional pages may be submitted to respond to questions #5, 6, 8, and 9.  Attachments must be included, as identified in the application form and instructions.
 
Q: New London Maritime Society, a 502(c) 3 non-profit, owns New London Ledge Lighthouse.  The lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, its lantern still maintained by the USCG.  As stewards for the lighthouse, one of our obligations to the federal government is to provide public access. We do this by giving boat tours out to the lighthouse from both New London harbor and from the campus at UCONN at Avery Point, Groton.  I am writing to you with a question about your Boating Infrastructure grant. The collar surrounding the lighthouse foundation is in poor condition and also has bolts sticking out from it below water. What this means is that boats cannot land at the lighthouse except near high tide, and some boats are afraid to land at any time.  Would it be possible to use this grant to either replace the collar or add a floating dock of some kind alongside the lighthouse? This would not be a public dock site, but we are a community non-profit organization and we bring in the public to visit the lighthouse.  Attached are some photos to illustrate the situation at Ledge Light.
A: The purpose and intent of the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Program is to provide transient dockage, moorings and amenities for direct use by recreational boaters.  Since the lighthouse dock would not be open to the general boating public and would not provide transient dockage or mooring facilities at the prevailing rate for the area, the activities that you propose would not be eligible under this federal program.
 
Q: If we are replacing the existing dock in the same location, will signed/sealed design drawings be required for the funds to be obligated?  My client has over 40 years of experience with building their own docks but do not typically produce signed/sealed engineering plans.
A: Signed and sealed drawings are required to document the useful life of each structure which would be constructed under the project.  Additionally, if any permits are necessary, it is typical for regulatory agencies to require signed and sealed engineering drawings.  Such regulatory authorizations must be required before funds can be obligated.
 
Q: If a formal design is required, it is my understanding that this formal design would not need to occur until after the application is submitted and funding has been awarded (i.e. – during the obligation process).  This is how it’s been done in numerous other states I’ve written applications but just want to make sure it’s the same in CT.  Please confirm.
A: A formal design and copies of any required regulatory authorizations confirming that the proposed activities are permitted are strongly encouraged at the time of application for clarity of the proposal, and would make the application more complete, and therefore more competitive.  However, you may submit an application without a formal design. 
 
Q: If we are replacing the existing dock “in kind” and the Owner has extensive experience building/installing docks themselves, will the dock replacement have to be competitively bid to 3rd parties after funds are obligated?  Building the docks themselves would result in significantly lower project costs and in turn reduce the federal match that we will be requesting.
A: There is no requirement that prevents the owner from applying for funds to construct the project in-house.  However, it is generally a best accounting practice to obtain three quotes to document that the requested federal funds would be obligated in a cost-effective manner.
 
Q: We have a question regarding the BIG grant opportunity. I'm on the board of Greens Ledge Lighthouse Preservation Society. It is a nonprofit that has just purchased Greens Ledge Lighthouse in Rowayton and Darien. We are in the beginning stages of restoring the lighthouse and would like to allow the public educational opportunities at the lighthouse in the future. We've been discussing a partnership with the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk to bring people out to the lighthouse to take part in water quality activities and to learn of our maritime history. To do this, we'll need to construct a dock to accommodate a boat that will be able to bring a fairly large number of people from the public to learn about Long Island Sound and the lighthouse. Does the BIG program accept grant applications for dock construction for this type of public activity?
A: The purpose and intent of the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Program is to provide transient dockage, moorings and amenities for direct use by recreational boaters.  Since the lighthouse dock would not be open to the general boating public and would not provide transient dockage or mooring facilities at the prevailing rate for the area, the activities that you propose would not be eligible under this federal program.
 
Content Last Updated on July 19, 2018