Cape Coral kayaker using launch
25 Jan

Local nonprofit, state, and federal grants are proliferating to increase outdoor accessibility with adaptive kayak launches and other ADA recreational products.

As many advocates and community groups seek to expand outdoor recreation opportunities and water access for those living with disabilities, or who have mobility challenges, funding and initiatives are becoming available to help secure investments in accessibility. If you are seeking to make your park, lake, river, stream, or other marina location ADA accessible with an adaptive kayak launch or fishing pier, then you may benefit from the following list.

Investing in accessibility can be expensive, but it is worth the time and effort. To help raise money more quickly or help decrease the financial burden on community groups, BoardSafe Docks has created a list of potential grant funding organizations to offset the cost of outdoor accessibility products like an adaptive kayak launch.

Please review the list of organizations and contact them directly to see if your project qualifies. If you know of an organization that could be added to our list, please contact us to submit the information. Together, we can expand the world of outdoor recreation for all abilities!

StateFunded byAdministrated byLink
ALAL Waterway Enhancement ProgramAlabama Scenic River Trail
Appalachian RegionCNX Foundation Grants
CAState of CADept. of Parks and Recreation
CTSmall Town Economic Assistance Program funding (STEAP grant)State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Intergovernmental Policy and Planning Division
CTBrownfield Municipal Grant ProgramConnecticut Department of Economic and Community Development,entities%20are%20eligible%20to%20apply.
DEHealthy Communities Micro Grant ProgramThe Delaware Public Health District’s (DPHD) Community Health Division
FLFlorida Inland Navigation District
GA2024 Wildlife-Viewing Grant – Georgia Nongame Wildlife Conservation FundGeorgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR)
GAGeorgia DNRGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
GAGeorgia Rehabilitation Institute
Gulf of MexicoGulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA)
IAPrairie Meadows Legacy Grant ProgramPrairie Meadows
ILOpen Space Land Acquisition and Development GrantsIllinois Department of Natural Resources
ILIllinois Department of Natural Resources
ILNational Park Service Land and Water Conservation FundIllinois Department of Natural Resources
INBall Brothers Foundation
INKosciusko County Community Foundation
KYOlmstead Park Conservancy
MAOne Stop for Growth Grant Program,based%20on%20a%20Development%20Continuum.
MACPA (Community Preservation Act)
MDChesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training programNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
MEMaine Infrastructure Adaptation FundMaine Department of Transportation
MICommunity Foundation for Southeast Michigan
MIRalph C. Wilson Foundation
MIMichigan DNRLand and Water Conservation Fund
MIMichigan DNRRecreation Passport
MIMichigan DNRMichigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
MIMichigan DNRMichigan Sparks Grant Program
MNGet Out MORE (Modernize Outdoor Recreation Experiences)MN DNR
MSMississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust FundMississippii Department of Finance and Administration
NationalOutdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP)National Park Service
NationwideThe Kelly Brush Foundation
NationwideChoice Neighborhood Implementation GrantDepartment of Housing and Urban Development,Plan%E2%80%9D%20to%20redevelop%20the%20neighborhood.
NationwideSportfishing and Boating Safety ActU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
NationwideHome DepotHome Depot
NationwideT-Mobile Hometown GrantsT-Mobile Hometown Grants
NationwideCommunity Development Block GrantU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,%2D%20and%20moderate%2Dincome%20persons.
NationwideNational Fish and Wildlife FoundationNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation
NationwideChristopher Reeves FoundationChristopher Reeves Foundation
NationwideREI REI Cooperative Action Fund
NationwideRobert Wood Johson FoundationRobert Wood Johson Foundation
NationwideWalmart Stores Local Community GrantsWalmart Stores Local Community Grants
NationwideFord Bronco Wild FundNational Association of State Park Directors
NCLand and Water Conservation FundNorth Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
NCParks and Recreation Trust FundNorth Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
NCRecreational Trails Program GrantNorth Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
NYConsolidated Funding GrantNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,-OPRHP%20is%20dedicating&text=Funds%20are%20available%20to%20municipalities,to%20%24750%2C000%20may%20be%20requested.
NYChautauqua Region Community Foundation
NYRalph C. Sheldon Foundation
NYRalph C. Wilson Foundation
NYEnvironmental Protection FundHudson River Estuary Watershed
NYHudson River Valley Greenway GrantsNew York State
NYErie CanalErie Canalways
NYDepartment of StateDowntown Revitalization Initiative
NYDECNew York Sea Grant
NYRural Outdoor Investment Act
NYLocal Waterfront Revitalization ProgramNYS Office of Planning and Development
NYErie Canal Heritage Foundation
NYRegional Economic Development Council InitiativeNew York State
NYDowntown Revitalization InitiativeNew York Department of State
NYUpstate Revitalization Initiative
NYBetter Buffalo Fund
NYNY Forward program
NYReimagine the Canals InitiativeNew York State
NYErie Canalway National Heritage CorridorNew York State
OHH2Ohio – Wetland Grant ProgramODNR
OHAppalachian Community Grant ProgramProgram funds are provided by Ohio’s designation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. The program is administered by the Governor’s Office of Appalachia within the Ohio Department of Development.
OHMuskingum Water Conservancy District water trails grantMuskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD)
OHOhio DNRNatureWorks
PAThe Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – Canoe Access Development Fund
PACrawford Heritage Community Foundation
PAWestern PA Conservancy
PACommunity Conservation Partnerships Program GrantsDCNR
PAPA Environmental Council
PAPA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers
PA State of PAPA Fish and Boat Commission
SoutheastAppalachian Regional Commission
TNLocal Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) GrantsTDEC
TXValley Baptist Legacy Foundation
TXTexas Parks and Wildlife Department Recreation GrantsTexas Park and Wildlife
VAVirginia Department of Wildlife Resources
WAWashington State Recreation and Conservation Office
WIDestination Door County – Community Investment FundDoor County Community Foundation
WIKnowles Nelson GrantsWisconsin Department of Natural Resource
WIState of WIRecreational Boating Grant
WI State of WI / Federal FundsSport Fishing Restoration Grant
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