Sewage Management Education and Outreach Grant Program


In 1992, Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. The Grant Program established by the Act will help fund the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service recreational vessels. The Clean Vessel Program also provides boater education programs to promote public awareness about boat sewage and its proper disposal.

As part of its commitment to provide clean, safe, and enjoyable recreational boating in California, the California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is serving as the State Grant coordinator. DBW uses federal Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund grants to support programs that educate California boaters and increases public awareness about boat waste management and its proper disposal.

Please click the following link to download the 2022 grant application and complete guidelines packet. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Any organization may apply to this grant.
Grants will not be awarded to fund advocacy work.
Within the last 10 years, applicants must be able to demonstrate at least 5 continuous years of experience 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. This is a reimbursement program. Funding 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 cost of the project.

The Grant Program focuses on two targeted geographic regions of California:

  • 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).

Note: This is a coastal grant so inland work should not be performed under this grant except in the Delta region (Delta definition (Pages 2-1 and 2-2)).

The Grant program goals are to:
  • Perform education and outreach
  • Quarterly monitor and report of the pumpout network
  • 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 mobile pumpout services.
  • Educate boating facility operators about the availability of DBW grant funds to install and maintain pumpout stations at their facility.

The monitoring component of the Grant Program will help DBW to continue to determine the status and usage of pumpout stations in the two geographic regions. This information will assist DBW in determining the use, operational status and condition of these systems. Keeping track of these parameters allows DBW staff to assist in expediting pumpout repair, provide data about pumpout systems, and target outreach efforts.

  • Increase public awareness of proper sewage disposal techniques and consequences of improper disposal in the targeted geographic regions.
  • Assist DBW in determining the use, operational status and condition of the sewage pumpout systems in the geographic regions.
  • Assist DBW staff in expediting pumpout repair, provide data about pumpout systems, and target outreach efforts.
  • Assist DBW in educating marina owners/operators about the availability of grant funds to install and maintain pumpout stations at their facility.

A maximum of $ 277,500 of Federal CVA funding is available for each of the targeted regions below. There are additional funds for Objective C Non-Motorized Boater Sewage Behavior Study ($37,500), and Objective D the second phase of the Sewage Volume Study ($75,000). These additional objectives are not region-specific and can be completed by one awardee or split between both. 


The Grant Program will fund projects that target both Grant Program goals:

A. Perform education and outreach
B. Monitor the pumpout and dump stations network
C. Non-Motorized Boater Behavior Study
D. Phase 2 Sewage Volume Study

Two grants will be awarded one for each of the California targeted regions mentioned above:

1. The San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, and
2. The 5 Southern California Coastal Counties.

Each grant proposal must include plans for education, outreach, and monitoring. Applications that do not address each component will be disqualified.

Applications must be received by DBW in either hard copy form or via email in .pdf format prior to the end of business on June 15, 2022 BEFORE 10 A.M. Proposals will not be accepted via fax.

Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to how each application proposal demonstrates comprehensive and proven methods for meeting grant program goals identified above.

Email submittals shall be sent to and

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Clean Vessel Education and Outreach Grant Program
Attn: Ethan Tratner
PO Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Email submittals shall be sent to  and