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Clean Vessel Act


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers competitive grants to private marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs for up to 75% of the cost of construction of pumpouts and dump stations. Pumpouts prevent pollution through the proper disposal of sewage from recreational boats. These grants are federally-funded through the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA).

Eligibility Requirements
Local government authorities and private marina, boatyard or yacht club operators who wish to participate in the CVA may do so if:
1) The facility location is owned by fee simple title or secured by a lease for a minimum of five years;
2) The participant prepares and submits all required information identified in the Manual for Local Governments and Privately Owned Marinas, Boatyards and Yacht Clubs;
3) The participant agrees to all requirements and assurances identified in the application materials and the attached project agreement, as applicable, and to execute project components in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws, ordinances, executive orders and other appropriate regulations and permitting requirements.

CVA is a reimbursement program; after receiving approval from the Service and IDNR, the applicants for CVA funds must pay for all costs and then seek reimbursement through the IDNR.
The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA) allows reimbursement up to 75 percent of allowable expenses; the CVA requires a non-federal match share of costs of 25 percent.
Procedures for Grant Application Awards and Payment
The CVA includes a series of criteria, deadlines and information that must be considered before proposals are submitted for funding.

All other inquiries regarding the CVA should be addressed to:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Federal Aid/Special Funds Section
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271
Telephone 217-782-7481 (fax 217-785-2438)

Important:  All applicants must be registered with GATA ​prior to the application deadline date.  For more information on this process, see the CVA Manual. 

You can download the Manual and GATA Application as separate files or as a packet (.zip file)
Individual Application Packet Files (both are required)
2019 CVA Manual (includes fillable pages that must be submitted)

Application Packet Zip File