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Recreational Grant Program - Clean Vessel Act Funds (CVA)

Grants to Idaho Agencies and Businesses for Boating
Pump-Out Facilities and Related Environmental Education

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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)

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01/26/18 5:00 PM MST Receipt


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Grants to Idaho public agencies and private businesses to offer boating pump-out facilities for public use. Applicants must consult with their regional specialist in developing an application. Funding may also be used for educational programs addressing environmental and water pollution mitigation as it relates to vessel operation.

Through the Federal Clean Vessel Act of 1992, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation was given the responsibility of managing federal funds to provide vessel pump-outs within the state. Money is available to purchase, install and maintain vessel pump-outs and to educate the public on environmental issues.

Eligible grant activities:

1) Plans for construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of pump-out and dump stations. Eligible grant activities also include 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.

2) Education/information programs to educate and/or inform recreational boaters about the environmental pollution problems resulting from sewage discharges from vessels and to inform them of the location of pump-out and dump stations.

Priority consideration shall be given to grant proposals that meet the following criteria:

1) Proposals that provide for public/private partnership efforts to develop and operate pump-out and dump stations.

2) Proposals for innovative ways to increase the availability and use of pump-out and dump stations, e.g., where private parties put in more than the minimum amount.

3) Proposals that include an education/information component.

4) Proposals which benefit the waters most likely to be affected by the discharge of sewage from vessels, including the waters as defined in the technical guidelines as published in the Federal Register, and

5) Proposals in areas with high vessel/pump-out or dump station ratios.

Allowable costs:

1) Allowable grant costs are limited to those costs that are necessary and reasonable for accomplishment of approved grant objectives and meet the applicable federal cost principles in 43 CFR 12.62. Purchase of informational signs, program signs, and symbols designating pump-out and dump stations, are allowable costs.

2) Grants or facilities designed to include purposes other than those eligible under the Act shall have the costs prorated equitably among the various purposes. Grant funds shall only be used for the part of the activity related to the Clean Vessel Act.

3) Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the grant agreement are not allowable with the exception that preliminary costs are allowed only with prior approval. Preliminary costs may include such items as feasibility surveys, engineering design, biological reconnaissance, appraisals, preparation of grant documents such as environmental assessments for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, or prior costs for surveys and plans.

Signs and symbols:
A national symbol shall be installed and be clearly visible to direct boaters entering the facility to pump-out and dump stations. Appropriate information signs should be installed at pump-out and dump stations. Such information could indicate fees, restrictions, hours of operation, operation instructions, and a contact name and telephone number of the facility when it is inoperable.

Fee charges for use of facilities:
A maximum of a $5.00 may be charged for use of pump-out facilities constructed, operated or maintained with grant funds. Such proceeds shall be retained, accounted for, and used by the operator to defray operation and maintenance costs for the useful life of the facility.

All recreational vessels must have access to pump-out and dump stations funded under this grant program. Facilities shall be operated, maintained, and continue to be reasonably accessible to all recreational vessels for the full period of their useful life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182334

Term of Contract:

These funds are typically available after July 15th and applicants have one year to expend the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public agencies and private businesses are eligible, provided total access is given to the public.

Ineligible grant activities:
1) Activities that do not provide public benefits.
2) Enforcement activities.
3) Construction/renovation of restroom facilities.
4) Construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of on-site sewage treatment plants, such as package treatment plants and septic systems, and of municipal sewage treatment plants for primary and secondary treatment.

Pre-Application Information:

The federal share shall not exceed 75% of total costs approved in the grant agreement. Grantees must provide at least 25% of the total cost as match.

The provisions of 43 CFR 12.64 apply to cost sharing or matching requirements. Third party in-kind contributions must be necessary and reasonable to accomplish grant objectives and represent the current market value of non-cash contributions furnished as part of the grant by another public agency, private organization or individual.

The first step in project preparation is working with the appropriate agency staff. IDPR employs regional staff to cover statewide needs. Please contact your regional specialist.

Please note the Recreational Trails Program and Land & Water Conservation Fund awards are not announced until federal partners approve applications, which is delayed beyond state awards. Do not start work on a project until you have a signed agreement or costs will not be reimbursed.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a draft application in December, giving department staff time to request any needed changes to make the project eligible.

Grants must be received in the new electronic system by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 26, 2018 to be eligible for the grant cycle.

Applications received during this grant period will be rated by the advisory committees in March, and awarded by the Idaho Park and Recreation Board in April or May.

Important Dates:
-Summer 2017: Contact IDPR for field review.
-September 2017: Announce availability of funds.
-December 2017: IDPR preliminary review of draft applications.
-January 26, 2018: All applications must be received by IDPR by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Applications received after the deadline are automatically ineligible to compete for funding. The new electronic system will close and you will be unable to submit applications after this deadline
-February 2018: IDPR staff review applications for eligibility and distribute to respective advisory committee members.
-March 2018: Advisory committee evaluates and rates applications.
-May 2018: IDPR Park Board approves grants for award.
-June 2018: Applicants contacted.
-After July 15, 2018: Funding is available.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
5657 Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID, 83716-8700

(208) 334-4199

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