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Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Education and Outreach Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
in Eligible Counties to Reduce Boat Sewage Discharge

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California State Parks - Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)

Deadline Date:

10/14/19 Receipt by End of Business (before 10:00 AM)


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Grants to California nonprofits, for-profits, and local government agencies in eligible counties to reduce the amount of vessel sewage discharge in State coastal waterways. Funding is intended for programs that provide boater education and outreach activities and for dump station network monitoring. Each grant proposal must include plans for education, outreach, and monitoring.

DBW will fund two grants (one for each targeted California geographic region) that will develop and implement a 12 month Clean Vessel Act Boater Education and Outreach Program for each of the two targeted geographic regions. Each regional grant must include: 1) education and outreach and 2) pumpout monitoring.

Target Audience: The Grant Program is aimed at all coastal boaters identified in the two targeted geographic regions mentioned below, specifically boaters with onboard holding tanks. The Grant Program should serve as a general reminder to all boaters to keep California’s water clean. The Grant Program focuses on two targeted geographic regions of California:

  • Northern California Coast, San Francisco Bay and Delta Estuary including the thirteen counties of: San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Monterey.
  • Southern California Coast, including the six counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Luis Obispo

Note: This is a coastal grant so inland work should not be performed under this grant except in the Delta region. 

The Program in each geographic region will support two main goals:

  1. Perform education and outreach, and
  2. Triannual monitoring and reporting of the pumpout network

The objectives of the education and outreach component of the Grant Program will be to:

  1. Inform the boating community within each of the two geographic regions about sewage related issues, impacts, resources available to them, and proper vessel sewage disposal practices to encourage the use of pumpout facilities and dump stations.
  2. Educate boating facility operators about the availability of DBW grant funds to install and maintain pumpout stations at their facility. 

For more details on program goals, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153717

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two grants will be awarded, one for each of the targeted regions.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $262,000 of Federal CVA funding is available for each of the targeted regions below. This total includes the combination of $175,000 (Education and Outreach), $37,000 (CVA print and online materials), and $50,000 (Pumpout monitoring).

Term of Contract:

Anticipated grant start date of May 1, 2020 and end date of April 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is open to any organization including nonprofit organizations, municipal level government entities, and private (for-profit) organizations.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least five continuous years of experience within the last ten years in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs for boating communities and boating facilities. A written summary of the outcome of the multi-year educational and outreach programs must be verifiable and available upon request.

Grants will not be awarded to fund advocacy work.

Funds cannot be used to purchase food, beverages, prizes or cash gifts, insurance, or items that will be sold.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by DBW in either hard copy form or via email in .pdf format prior to the end of business on October 14th, 2019 (before 10 am). Proposals will not be accepted via fax.

This is a reimbursement program. Reimbursement is available for up to 67% of the eligible project costs. Grantee is responsible for finding eligible match funding (in the form of donations or volunteer hours) totaling no less than 33% of the total project value.

Successful applicants will be notified following the selection process, approximately the beginning of December, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Email submittals shall be sent to and

Submit hard copies to:

California State Parks
Division of Boating and Waterways
Clean Vessel Education and Outreach Grant Program
Attn: Deborah Holmes
One Capitol Mall, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

For questions, please contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or the above email address.

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USA: California: San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo Counties

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