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Clean Vessel Act - Pumpout Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Government Agencies and Businesses
for Recreational Boating Pumpout and Dump Stations

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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 - Deadline for consideration for the following fiscal year; however, applications may be submitted at any time.


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Grants to Pennsylvania government agencies and private businesses that operate and own boating facilities for the maintenance, renovation, and construction of pumpout and dump stations for use by the general boating public. Funding may defray the cost of new equipment, the renovation or upgrade of existing equipment, as well as necessary pumps, piping, fitting, lift stations, on-site holding tanks, pier or dock modifications, signs, permits and other miscellaneous equipment needed for a complete and efficient station.

Projects for facility development must have objectives related to one or more of the following purposes:
- Provide public access to boat sewage pumpout.
- Enhance public use of boat sewage pumpout facilities.
- Operation activities that will assure that affordable, clean and convenient pumpout facilities are available and functioning. This would include costs for operating the equipment, labor and disposal costs.
- Upkeep activities necessary to allow the facility to function, and include routine recurring custodial maintenance and minor repairs, as well as the supplies, materials and tools necessary to carry out the work. Also included is non-routine cyclical maintenance to keep facilities fully functional. Cyclical maintenance is major maintenance or renovation activities conducted at intervals normally greater than one year.
- Any activity necessary to hold and transport sewage-to-sewage treatment plants, such as holding tanks, piping, haulage costs; and any activity necessary to get sewage treatment plants to accept sewage, such as installing bleed-in facilities.

Responsibilities under the grant program:
1. All recreational boats must have access to the pumpout and dump stations funded under this grant program. The grant recipient must guarantee that the facilities will be operated, maintained and be accessible to all recreational boats for the full useful life of the station.
2. A sign depicting the national pumpout symbol shall be installed to be clearly visible to boaters.
3. An informational sign shall be installed at pumpout and dump stations. This sign shall specify fees, restrictions, hours of operation, operating instructions and a contact name and telephone number to call if the facility is inoperable.
4. The signs must also acknowledge that the facility was constructed or improved with funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Commission encourages the free use of facilities constructed under this program; a maximum of $5 can be charged.

For information about the different types of marine boat sewage pumpout stations and waste reception facilities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143612

Term of Contract:

Applicant must demonstrate the capability of completing this project within the two-year contract period or other stipulated completion period.

The applicant must have the resources to operate and maintain the pumpout facility for a period of 7 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available to both the public and private sector. This includes all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. To participate in this program, the pumpout stations must be open to the general boating public.

The grant will not pay for the construction or renovation of onshore restroom facilities, sewage treatment plants, septic tanks, drain fields or other special treatment devices.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for consideration of an application for the following fiscal year is September 30. However, the Commission encourages prospective co-operators to submit applications anytime. Additional monies are sometimes available when contracted installations turn out to be not as expensive as planned and may be funded out of current year funding.

The Grant will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations.

As a grant recipient, you are responsible for at least 25% of the installed costs of the pumpout and dump station facilities provided under the grant program. This 25% match can be cash, the fair market value of any labor or materials provided, or a combination thereof.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Pa Fish and Boat Commission
Bureau of Boating and Access
Clean Vessel Act Program
PO Box 67000
Harrisburg PA 17106-7000

Questions can be directed to

Scott Bollinger

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