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.

Based on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service CVA projects costs are $1,500 to $30,000 for stationary pumpouts and up to $50,000 for pumpout vessels.

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 

Contact information

Angela Yuska, Interim Federal Assistance Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
2118 Campus Dr. SE Suite 100
Rochester, Minnesota 55904