Improving the boating experience includes better and more reliable access from our boating facilities to the water. That’s why we’re investing $1 million from the 2021-22 Better Boating Fund into the Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program (RBADP).
The RBADP will allocate grant funding to eligible organisations for dredging projects to ensure safer navigation at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities. This will provide better access at local waterways for boaters and improved social and economic outcomes for local communities and businesses.
Grant applications must be submitted online. Click here to view the program guidelines.
Applications will open on Wednesday 8 December 2021 and will be accepted until 11.59pm, Thursday 20 January 2022. An allowance has been made to extend the timing of the closing date for applications to consider the Christmas/New Year 2021-22 holiday period.
Eligible organisations comprise of local government, state government departments and agencies, committees of management and local waterway authorities.
The grant amount awarded will not exceed $150,000 (ex GST) in total per project. An eligible organisation may submit multiple applications for consideration.
Up to 80% of the costs of a project can be applied for*, with the applicant required to make a 20% contribution (*unless otherwise approved by the Funding Advisory Panel).
Funding contributions from the applicant can include project management, committed funds from other government agencies or sources and in-kind contributions which can be substantiated.
Find further information below or please contact the team at Better Boating Victoria – [email protected]
The Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program (RBADP) will allocate grant funding to eligible organisations for dredging projects to ensure safer navigation at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities.
Eligible organisations include local government, State government departments and agencies, committees of management and local waterway authorities.
Up to $1.0m (ex GST) will be made available through a competitive grant funding round for the RBADP. The grant amount awarded will not exceed $150,000 (ex GST) in total per project. Multiple applications received from an eligible organisation will be considered.
A Funding Advisory Panel consisting of cross agency groups and industry stakeholders will assess the grant applications received against the funding assessment criteria. The panel provide input into grant allocation decisions that are then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.
The public can be assured that the RBADP delivers value. Grants are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate there is a need for the funding and that they have tested the market for quality and price. It is also important that the applicant has shown they have met appropriate project and program planning criteria when applying for funding.
BBV is a branch of the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and is experienced in managing grant funding programs, such as the Boating Safety and Facilities Program. The Minister for Fishing and Boating will be responsible for approving all funding allocations from the RBADP.
Grant applications will open in December 2021 for the RBADP and will be accepted over a six-week period. It is anticipated that funding announcements will be made early in 2022.
For more information, click here to view the program guidelines.
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