Clean Vessel Act - Boat Pumpout Grants

Forms and Publications

Click on the link above for the forms and publications for this grant.

Program Objective(s):
To provide new or upgraded marine sewage disposal facilities, pumpouts and dump stations.

Approval based on the type of marine sewage disposal facility proposed, geographic location, number of boats served and cost of the facility.  Greater priority will be given to projects which provide increased access to pumpouts and dump stations, taking into account cost considerations to provide the highest benefit for the monies spent.

Grants are provided to both private and public boating facilities as long as they are open to the public.  Eligible projects primarily include dump stations, additional pumpouts at large boating facilities or those covered by a pumpout agreement, pumpouts for mooring facilities with a minimum of 15 slips, and upgrading of older pumpout systems.

Application Process is as follows:

  • A CVA - Pumpout Grant Program Application Packet is developed and submitted.  The application packet should contain: 
    • CVA Pumpout Grant Application Form PR 1935
    • Written bids/Quotes on cost of pumpout equipment and installation costs
      • For equipment/services between $2,500 and $9,999 written specs must be developed and three written bids obtained
      • For equipment/services over $10,000 a RFP must be developed, CVA state staff must review and approve, and RFP must be publicly advertised
      • In both instances, the lowest qualified bidder must be chosen and CVA state staff approval obtained prior to purchase
    • Pictures of project area where pumpout is to be installed
    • A Data Universal Numbering System # (DUNS) must be obtained by calling 1-866-705-5711 or on-line
  • CVA state staff will review the Application Packet and complete the:
    • National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) form 
    • Region 3 Federal Assistance Section 7 form 
  • A Grant agreement between the State of Michigan and marina will be signed reflecting 75% of the total costs assumed by the CVA grant and 25% of remaining costs assumed by marina.      
  • The application will be forwarded to the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for acceptance and grant approval.
  • Upon federal approval, costs can be incurred on project and applied to the 75% reimbursement from grant. Costs incurred before federal grant approval will not be eligible for 75% reimbursement.

The annual deadline is September 15.  Notification of approval will occur annually after the complete application form, grant agreement, pictures and quotes are received and forwarded to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:
Grants are funded up to 75 percent of the eligible project cost with a 25 percent match provided by the marina.  Grants are limited to the cost of a pumpout, holding tank, and minor installation costs, e.g., plumbing and electrical.

Source(s) of Funds:
The U.S. Sport Fish Restoration account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, commonly known as the Wallop-Breaux Fund is the source of funding.  The Michigan DNR has a limited amount of federal funds available for this program.  We will continue to accept applications, but the ability to award new grants is dependent upon future federal funds.

Contact(s):  Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Grants Management Section, Kammy Frayre, Clean Vessel Act Program Manager, 517-284-5970 or

Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriation: