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

Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Sewage Management Education and Outreach Grant Program


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Funding Source
California State Parks - Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/10/23 Before 10:00 AM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit and for-profit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions to reduce the amount of sewage emitted from boats in coastal waterways. Funding is intended for outreach activities, programs to inform boaters about correct waste disposal protocols, and for dump station network monitoring. Each grant proposal must include plans for education, outreach, and monitoring.

Target Audience: The grant program is aimed at all coastal recreational boaters including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but most specifically those with onboard holding tanks, in two targeted geographic regions identified below.

  • 13-county San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary (San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties).
  • 6 Southern California coastal counties (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo Counties).

Applications that propose to initially provide services in a portion of a region may be considered if expanding to the entire region is identified as a future goal.

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

Grant Objectives

  • Objective A-Education and Outreach:
    • Effectively and creatively educate and conduct outreach to the boating community within one of the two geographic regions about vessel sewage related issues, impacts, resources available to them, and proper vessel sewage disposal practices that reduce the amount of sewage from entering our waterways and encourage the use of pumpout facilities, dump stations, and mobile pumpout services.
    • Conduct outreach to boating facility operators about the availability of DBW grants to install and maintain pumpout and dump stations at their facility.
  • Objective B-Pumpout/Dump Station Monitoring:
    • Assist DBW in determining the status, repair needs, and usage of pumpout and dump stations in the two geographic regions.
    • Monitoring must include the use, update, maintenance, and metric gathering of the Pumpout Nav App on a regular basis as well as development of new features that will improve the existing Pumpout Nav App. The selected grantees will provide training and technical assistance to boaters and partnering agencies to maintain the Nav App as a valuable boater tool.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase public boater awareness of proper vessel sewage disposal techniques and consequences of improper disposal.
  • Assist DBW in determining the use, operational status, and condition of the sewage pumpout and dump station systems in the geographic regions.
  • Assist marina owners/operators with expediting pumpout repair, provide data about pumpout and dump station systems, and targeted outreach efforts.
  • Assist DBW in educating marina owners/operators about the availability of grant funds to install and maintain pumpout and dump stations at their facility.
  • Work collaboratively with grantees from the other region to coordinate statewide education efforts.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This grant is open to non-profit organizations, local government entities, and private (for-profit) organizations.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least five years’ experience in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs. The written summary of the outcome of the multi-year educational and outreach programs must be verifiable.

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 by August 10th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Notification: Following the selection process, successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of September 2023.

This is a reimbursement program. Reimbursement is available for up to 75% of the eligible project costs. The grantee is responsible for finding eligible match funding (in the form of cash or in-kind) totaling no less than 25% of the total project value.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DBW will fund two grants, one for each targeted California geographic region.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each regional grant is eligible for up to $276,937.

Term of Contract
Anticipated grant term: January 1 – December 31, 2024.

The 12-month grant term may be extended for one additional year if performance expectations are being met.

Contact Information
If mailing the packet, submit one-sided copies only to:
California State Parks
Division of Boating and Waterways
Attn: Ethan Tratner
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Email submittals must be sent to and

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

Ethan Tratner
Clean Vessel Act (CVA)
(916) 902-8823

Public Information Inquiries: 1-888-326-2822

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