Clean Vessel Act Program
This program provides funding to States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of sewage pumpout stations, waste reception facilities, and pumpout boats for recreational boaters and for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Fiscal Year 2014: The program awarded 31 applications from 21 States for pumpouts, floating restrooms, dump stations, and education about the benefits of keeping sewage out of recreation waters through the use of pumpouts. Fiscal Year 2015: The program received 38 applications and anticipates making awards for all eligible applications at about 85-90% of the requested funding level. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving approximately 35 to 45 applications and issuing all awards at 80 to 100 percent of requested funds.
Clean Vessel Act of 1992, Section 5604, Public Law 102-587, Subtitle F; 16 U.S.C. 777c, and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, Public Law 109-059.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Agencies from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa may submit grant proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
General public, recreational boaters, municipalities, and private marinas within eligible States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Section 12.62 (of the common rule) identifies Federal cost principles for determining allowable costs. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth or territory for more information on this process when applying for assistance. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction). In addition, applicants will submit a grant proposal that includes a narrative statement describing the need, objectives, benefits, approach, and estimated cost for the proposed grant along with the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency. For further instructions and forms go to http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage or www.grants.gov. Program regulations are found in 50 CFR 85.
The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects based on established criteria and available funding. Regional Offices make awards to approved applicants.
Dec 05, 2015 FY15 applications were due December 3, 2014. We are no longer accepting applications for this fiscal year. We anticipate the due date for applications for FY16 to be early December 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion over the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals are based upon the extent the project will contribute to public/private partnerships; innovative approaches to increasing availability and use of pumpouts/dump stations; implementation of an education program; contribution toward protecting sensitive areas; and lowering the ratio of vessels with holding tanks and portable toilets to pumpouts and dump stations.
How may assistance be used?
This program authorizes matching funds on a competitive basis for development of surveys and plans for installing sewage pumpouts and dump stations for recreational boats in the coastal zone of coastal States; and for construction of sewage pumpouts and dump stations for recreational boats; and for implementation of education programs. These stations must provide protection of sensitive areas from recreational boat sewage. Prohibited activities include: law enforcement; construction/renovation of upland restroom facilities; construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of sewage treatment plants; and any activity that does not provide public benefits. 100% of funds are awarded on a competitive basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. See Service Manual Chapter 516 FW 2. Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. See Service Manual Chapter 516 FW 1. Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form. Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Cost records must be maintained separately for each project. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Financial Status Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The annual program funding comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. It receives two percent of the funds in the Trust Fund. Trust funds are derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, and interest on the fund. The Federal share of the project costs cannot exceed 75 percent for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The first $200,000 of match must be waived for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually notifies all States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and the territories about the grant program. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Projects normally funded through annual proposals.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Region 1 - American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii:
Edward Flinn Curren, Edward_Curren@fws.gov, 808-792-9572
Region 1 - Idaho, Oregon, and Washington:
Karla Drewsen, Karla_Drewsen@fws.gov, 503-231-2389
Region 2 - Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas:
Susan MacMullin, Susan_MacMullin@fws.gov, 505-248-7476
Region 3 - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin:
Julie Morin, Julie_Morin@fws.gov, 612-713-5156
Region 4 - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
Scott White, Scott_White@fws.gov, 404-679-7113
Region 5 - Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia: Alberto Ortiz, Alberto_Ortiz@fws.gov, 413-253-8406
Region 6 - Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming: Eddie Bennett, Eddie_Bennett@fws.gov, 303-236-8165
Region 7 - Alaska:
Mary Price, Mary_Price@fws.gov, 907-786-3982
Region 8 - California and Nevada:
Bart Prose, Bart_Prose@fws.gov, 916-978-6152.
Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Policy and Programs Division, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156.
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $16,589,223; FY 15 est $16,000,000; and FY 16 est $14,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $16,589,223; FY15 $16,000,000; FY16 est $14,000,000
FY16 funding is estimated based on prior year funding level.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum Federal award is $1,500,000. The average award is approximately $350,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR Part 85; Final Technical Guidelines published in the Federal Register Vol. 59, No. 47, March 10, 1994; final Grant Guidelines published in the Federal Register Vol. 59, No. 47, March 10, 1994; and final Pumpout Symbol Guidelines published in the Federal Register, Vol. 62, No. 166, August 27, 1997.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Connecticut – Coastal $1,500,000, Inland $145,643 – The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection constructed 4 new stationary pumpout systems and 1 upgrade or replacement project and purchase 1 pumpout boat. The State also offered operation and maintenance funds to 41 marinas at an average of $7,500 per facility and 19 pumpout boats at an average of $41,000 per boat. They continued their information and education program with a focus on helping boaters understand their sewage system and to encourage them to use pumpout services.
Florida – Coastal $1,410,651, Inland $770,126 – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection constructed 30 coastal and 15 inland pumpout stations to replace or install new facilities for the many boaters in Florida. They expanded their ongoing CVA boater education program.
Indiana – Coastal $104,518, Inland $257,518 – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management constructed and renovated both inland and coastal pumpouts with partners. They covered operation and maintenance funds for partners already involved in providing pumpouts for the boater. In addition, they informed the boaters and public about the Clean Vessel Act grant program through social media and other educational opportunities.
Texas – Coastal $240,000, Inland $225,000 – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) enhanced the infrastructure of their pumpouts throughout the state by installing seven coastal and nine inland pumpout facilities. TPWD also provided maintenance funds to keep existing pumpouts operational. TPWD continued their boater education program by developing and distributing educational materials related to CVA and conducting workshops throughout Texas.
Washington - Coastal $1,500,000 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) installed new pumpout facilities and maintained and replaced aging units throughout the State. WSPRC continued a strong educational program, informing the public about the detrimental impacts to the environment of improper sewage disposal throughout the state. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that construct, renovate, operate, and maintain sewage pumpout stations, waste reception facilities, and pumpout boats for recreational boaters and for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects with similar objectives as those in FY15.