Clean Vessel Act Grants (CVA)

This program was created by the United States Clean Vessel Act of 1992 to evaluate the existing conditions of sanitary disposal for boaters and to provide financial assistance for the improvement of marina sanitation facilities where they are needed.


Program purpose

To encourage the development or improvement of marina sanitation facilities for boaters in order to maintain and improve water quality in public waters.

Eligible projects

Development or improvement of sanitation facilities for boaters (including pump-out stations, dump-outs, and floating restrooms).

Eligible applicants

Public and private marinas.

Business registration

All CVA Grant Application grant applicants (both private businesses and government entities) must be a legal owner of the property and also be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State. If you are NOT registered, please visit this website to register  prior to submitting your application for this grant. NOTE: Applications will not be accepted if this requirement is not met.

Level of assistance

Up to 75% of total eligible costs. NOTE: The sub-recipient must pay for project expenses in-full and meet all terms of the grant agreement and sub-recipient contract prior to seeking reimbursement.

Funding priorities

Priority is given to areas where there are inadequate pump-out facilities and where there are significant potential users.

How to apply

Clean Vessel Act Grant Application 

Important dates

Funding is available for 2022, apply by December 1, 2021. Applicants can also apply for future funding for 2023.

Contact information

Nancy Stewart, Water Recreation Consultant

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails
Box 39, 500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul MN 55155-4039
Email: [email protected]