Clean Vessel Act Grants (CVA)

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). Here's a list (not inclusive) of potential vendors. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Who May Apply

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 external linkprior to submitting your application for this grant. NOTE: Applications will not be accepted if this requirement is not met.


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

Level of Assistance

Up to 75% of total eligible costs.

How much money is available for individual projects?

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.

General Information

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.

Application Contact

Kathy Smith, Federal Aid Coordinator
MN DNR, Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul MN 55155-4039
Phone: 651-259-5629
Fax: 651-297-1157

Deadline for application is Oct. 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST.