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Grants to California Public Agencies for Programs to Reduce Marine Refuse

Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) Grant


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Funding Source
California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/28/23 Save

Grant Description
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.

Verified titleholders can request to surrender their recreational vessels free of charge to participating agencies. If accepted, the title of the vessel must be free of any loan balances, liens, and/or taxes. Proof of ownership and a Release of Interest and Ownership form are required to be provided to the agency. The agency has the vessel demolished and submits proper notification to the DMV, and provides a reimbursement request to DBW.

For vessels surrendered through the SAVE Surrendered Vessel Program, reimbursable covered expenses are vessel and hazmat removal, towing from agency to landfill, demolition and disposal.

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.


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-Application Information
Applications for the FY 2023/24 Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) grant cycle will be accepted from March 15 through April 28, 2023.

The typical grant process is as follows:

1. February 1: SAVE grant applications are open in OLGA; training sessions are conducted (dates to be advised on our website).
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.

All processes are explained when a grant is awarded; however, in summary, a participating agency submits a reimbursement claim to DBW using forms available under Related Pages. Invoices and payment verification are required to accompany each claim, as is the 10% match (and other documents). If using an in-kind match, the Itemized 10% In-Kind Contribution Statement is linked on this page. Reimbursement requests may be made at any time and as often as necessary, but no later than 45 days prior to the expiration date of the grant. Payments normally take 6-8 weeks provided all information required is supplied to DBW.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Ron Kent
(916) 327-1825

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