The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is excited to announce the availability of funding through the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program. This is a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that funds the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and reception facilities for recreational boats. The PFBC has received funding under the CVA Grant Program and is looking for interested partners to utilize these funds.
The program was created to help reduce pollution from boat sewage discharges into U.S. waters. CVA grant funds are available to qualified applicants within both the public and private sectors, including all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities and are willing to keep pumpout stations open to the general boating public.
Grants awarded through this program will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. This includes the cost of new equipment or the renovation or upgrading of existing equipment, as well as any other equipment needed for a complete and efficient station. Grant recipients are responsible for at least 25% of the proposed project cost. This 25% match can be cash or the fair market value of any in-house labor or materials or a combination thereof. All recreational boats must have access to the pumpout or dump stations for a period of ten years.
Applications must be submitted to the PFBC by December 30, 2022. Early submission of applications is encouraged. Applications and the CVA guidebook may be found at: http://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx.