MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering grants to help improve boating infrastructure in the state.

The grants are for marina improvement projects that directly benefit transient boaters, or boaters that stay at one slip for 10 days or less.

The money for the grants comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

Most of the grants are capped at $100,000 and will cover funding for up to 75 percent of the total cost of construction.

The department's Mike Wichrowski says visitors to Vermont's waterways who boat, fish or just enjoy the scenery are an important part of the state's economy.