Small Grants

Fishery Resource Grant Program (FRGP)
The Virginia Legislature ratified House Bill 1634 in 1999 providing $300,000 to the Virginia Graduate Marine Science Consortium to "protect and enhance the state's coastal fishery resources through the awarding of grants."

The Fishery Resource Grant Program is administered by the Virginia Graduate Marine Science Consortium / Virginia Sea Grant College Program with input from an appointed Advisory Board. Each year, the Advisory Board, with input from members of the fishing industry, develops priorities for the following areas: new fisheries equipment and gear, environmental pilot studies, aquaculture/mariculture, and seafood technology and utilization.

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program
Virginia Sea Grant works with municipalities and private marinas to identify opportunities through the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The program brings federal dollars to bear on projects that expand capacity in Virginia’s recreational boating industry. Virginia businesses have been awarded in excess of $1.6 million in federal dollars, matched by $800,000 in local funds during the program’s first three years of operation. Contact Tom Murray at for information.