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!

Grants Available for Kayak Launch Programs

StateFunded ByAdministered ByLink
CAState of CADept. of Parks and
FLFlorida Inland Navigation
GAGeorgia DNRGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship
MACPA (Community Preservation Act)
MEMaine Infrastructure Adaptation FundMaine Department of
MIMichigan DNRMichigan Sparks Grant
NationwideChristopher Reeves
NationwideWalmart Stores Local Community
NYEnvironmental Protection FundHudson River Estuary
NYErie CanalErie
NYDepartment of StateDowntown Revitalization
NYDECNew York Sea
NYRural Outdoor Investment
NYLocal Waterfront Revitalization ProgramNYS Office of Planning and
NYErie Canal Heritage Foundation
NYRegional Economic Development Council InitiativeNew York
NYDowntown Revitalization InitiativeNew York Department of
NYUpstate Revitalization
NYBetter Buffalo
NYNY Forward
NYReimagine the Canals InitiativeNew York
NYErie Canalway National Heritage CorridorNew York
PAWestern PA
PACommunity Conservation Partnerships Program
PAPA Environmental Council
PAPA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers
PA State of PAPA Fish and Boat
SoutheastAppalachian Regional
WIState of WIRecreational Boating Grant
WI State of WI / Federal FundsSport Fishing Restoration Grant