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Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) Grant

Grants to California Public Agencies for
Programs to Reduce Marine Refuse

Agency Type:

State

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California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)

Conf. Date:

04/02/20

Deadline Date:

04/30/20

Description:

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Grants to California local public agencies for programs to reduce marine refuse. Funding may be used for abandoned vessel clean up projects or to expedite the process for removing unwanted vessels. Funding is intended to prevent, remove, and decrease hazards in local waterways.

The SAVE program combines the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) and the Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) grants into one, allowing local public agencies the convenience of only one grant to apply for and manage, and the flexibility to use the funds for both purposes as needed.

Only the SAVE will be available to public agencies interested in receiving an AWAF and/or VTIP Grant. The SAVE is a competitive grant. Agencies are required to participate in both services under the SAVE.

About the Grants: 

Abandoned Watercraft and Abatement Fund (AWAF)

In October of 1997, Senate Bill 172 (Rainey) created the AWAF in Section 525 of the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC).

The AWAF is a reimbursement grant which provides funds for the abatement, removal, storage and disposal of abandoned vessels, wrecked or dismantled vessels, parts, or any other partially submerged objects that pose a substantial hazard to navigation from navigable waterways or adjacent public property, or private property with the landowner’s consent, per Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) Section 525. Commercial vessels are not covered under this program.

Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP)

The proactive VTIP grant was created in 2010 as a solution to prevent abandoned vessels before they happen. By providing an easy and free alternative for boat owners to surrender an unwanted vessel to a participating agency in lieu of abandonment, this program eliminates the expensive, difficult and time consuming adjudication and removal process that abandoned vessels often require. More importantly, the VTIP also works to safeguard public and boater safety by preventing the risk of harmful water hazards, and provides for the protection of the environment by preventing discharges of oils, gas, sewage and other toxic pollutants that may leak from an abandoned vessel into our waterways and fragile habitats.

Reimbursable Expenses Under Save: 

  • For abandoned vessels and marine debris, the SAVE provides reimbursement funds for the abatement, removal, storage, and disposal of abandoned vessels, wrecked or dismantled vessels, parts, or any other partially submerged objects that pose a substantial hazard to navigation from navigable waterways or adjacent public property, or private property with the landowner’s consent, per Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) Section 525.
  • In addition, for abandoned vessels, other expenses such as towing, hazmat removal, appraisals, and lien sale costs are also reimbursable through the SAVE.
  • For VTIP vessels surrendered through the SAVE, reimbursable expenses covered are removal, storage, towing, hazmat removal, demolition and disposal.
For additional program information, see the URL for Full Text link below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150442

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Section 525 (1)(A) of the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) allows DBW to distribute grants to local public agencies that have jurisdiction over navigable waterways in California.

Private businesses cannot apply for a SAVE grant; however, they may work through a local public agency that is participating in the SAVE to 1) remove abandoned vessels on their private property, 2) surrender vessels through the VTIP they have title to, and/or 3) remove hazardous marine debris.

Commercial vessels are not covered under this program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DBW is hosting a 2-hour applicant workshop on Thursday April 2 from 1 pm – 3 pm to provide an overview of the new grant application and scoring criteria/matrix and recommendations for writing a competitive application. The workshop may be accessed via teleconference for those who would like to attend remotely. The workshop will also be recorded and available for those unable to attend the live presentation.

To RSVP or learn more about SAVE, contact Ron Kent.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the SAVE 2020/2021 grant cycle will be accepted through the Online Grant Application Program (OLGA) beginning March 16 and ending April 30, 2020.

The typical grant process is as follows:

1. February 1: SAVE grant applications are open in OLGA; training sessions are conducted.

2. April 30: Grant applications are closed.

3. July 15: Grant awards announced. No work can begin until the grant is “Fully Executed” and notice to proceed is issued by DBW.

4. August 1: Grant instructions and agreement documents are issued via OLGA to awarded agencies for their completion.

5. Agencies are required to complete various sections of the grant agreement, obtain their City Council or Board of Supervisors Resolution acknowledging acceptance of the grant (this may be done in advance of receiving grant documents), and return the grant documents back to DBW for final review and approval. The time frame for this process varies greatly among the agencies, but DBW strongly requests that documents be returned within 90 days of receipt.

6. Once returned, DBW reviews the grant documents, and completes the internal processes and approvals, approximately 1-2 weeks. When complete, DBW will issue the Fully Executed / Notice to Proceed letter to the award recipient, along with the completed grant agreement.

7. Work may begin relative to the scope of the SAVE grant.

Per HNC 526(1)(C) a grant awarded by DBW shall be matched by a 10-percent contribution from the local agency receiving the grant. SAVE recipients are required to expend their 10-percent contribution before receiving reimbursement from the SAVE program.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
http://olga.dbw.parks.ca.gov/egrams_dbw/User/home.aspx

Ron Kent
(916) 327-1825
ron.kent@parks.ca.gov

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