Clean Vessel Act Grant Info

Clean Vessel Act Grant Funding

Northern California
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Both public and private marinas are eligible to receive these fund so long as their facilities are open to the public.


The Clean Vessel Act Grant, administered by the Division of Boating and Waterways, covers up to 75% of new pumpout installations or 75% of the maintenance and repair costs of existing pumpouts.



Grant funds – 75%
Once grant funds are awarded through the application process, marinas can request reimbursement for project expenses including new equipment, or the renovation of existing equipment, as well as necessary pumps, piping, lift stations, on-site holding tanks, pier or dock modifications, signs, permits, and other miscellaneous equipment needed for a complete and efficient station. The Grant will not pay for restroom facilities, sewage treatments plants, septic tanks, leach fields, private and municipal plants, or other special treatment devices.
Marina – 25%
The marina applying for  the funds will be responsible for 25% of the total project costs. This “match” can be contributed in staff time, in kind, or cash. For example, if a marina has staff on site that can install the new system, the hours the staff person works on this system can count towards this match requirement. Additionally, if a marina has piping on hand that they can use to install the system, these materials’ value can be considered “in kind” match. It is encouraged that applicants work with DBW to explore opportunities for match before beginning the application Process.


Example: The materials for a new system cost $5,000 and installation will cost another $5,000. Total project cost is $10,000. This means the marina will be responsible for only $2,500 of the project.


Your Responsibilities

  1. All recreational vessels must have access to the pumpout and dump stations funded under this grant program. The grant recipient shall guarantee that the facilities will be operated, maintained, and be accessible to all recreational vessels for the full period of their useful life (seven years).
  2. A sign depicting the national pumpout symbol shall be installed so as to be clearly visible to boaters. You can include this cost in your total project cost estimate in your application!
  3. An informational sign shall be installed at pumpout and dump stations. The sign information should specify the fees, restrictions, hours of operations, operating instructions, and a contact name and telephone number to call if the facility is inoperable. The sign shall also acknowledge that the facility was constructed or improved with funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, through the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.