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2021-22 Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program

Improving the boating experience for all Victorians includes having well maintained – and reliable access to – public boating facilities. That’s why we’re investing up to $2 million from the $33m Better Boating Fund into the 2021-22 Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program (RBSMP).

The RBSMP will allocate grant funding to eligible organisations for structural maintenance projects to ensure that our Victorian public boating facilities continue to remain accessible and safe for the purposes of boat launching and retrieval.

Grant applications have now closed and successful applicants will be announced soon. The RBSMP funding guidelines can be accessed here.

Eligible organisations to apply for funding included committees of management and local waterway authorities as well as local and state government departments and agencies.

The grant amount awarded will not exceed $300,000 (ex GST) in total per project. An eligible organisation could submit multiple applications for consideration.

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 provides input into grant allocation decisions that are then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.

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.

It’s important to note that the RBSMP will only support projects that provide public access to the boating facility.


Further Information Required?

Find further information below or please contact the team at Better Boating Victoria via email – [email protected]

What is the Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program?

The RBSMP allocates grant funding to eligible organisations to undertake structural maintenance and asset replacement activities at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities.

Which organisations were eligible for grant funding from the program?

Eligible organisations include committees of management and local waterway authorities as well as local and state government departments and agencies.

How much funding was made available in grants?

Up to $2m was made available through a competitive grant funding round for the RBSMP. The grant amount awarded will not exceed $300,000 (ex GST) in total per project. Multiple applications received from an eligible organisation will be considered.

How are applications assessed through a competitive grant funding round?

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 provides input into grant allocation decisions that are then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.

How can industry stakeholders and the boating public be guaranteed that they are getting the best value for money from the allocated grants?

The public can be assured that the RBSMP 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.

What is Better Boating Victoria’s role in administering the RBSMP?

BBV is a branch of the Victorian Fisheries Authority and is experienced in managing grant funding programs, such as the recent Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program and the Boating Safety and Facilities Program. The Minister for Fishing and Boating will be responsible for approving all funding allocations from the RBSMP.

When do grant applications open and when will announcements be made?

Grant applications have now closedopened on 16 February 2022 for the RBSMP and will be accepted over a 5-week period, closing on 22 March 2022. It is anticipated that funding announcements will be made by April 2022.

For more information, click here to view the program guidelines.

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