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Grants & Loans: Investing in California

For over 60 years, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has improved and safeguarded the boating experience for all users – with investments in recreational boating improvements from Mission Bay in San Diego to the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe and along lakes, rivers and streams in between.

DBW invests in facilities on state-owned and state-managed properties, including those on State Parks and State Water Project properties.  It also provides funding so that local agencies can renew deteriorated facilities or develop new public access.  In addition, the Division is heavily involved in furthering environmentally sound boating practices through its clean and green programs.  Also, DBW is involved in research on climate change and wave prediction as they relate to navigation and coastal protection.

We serve all types of recreational boaters statewide.  California has about 2.6 million recreational boats and over 4 million recreational boaters. Recreational boating annually contributes several billion dollars to the state’s economy, and DBW investments help to strengthen this robust economy through the following grants and loans.


DBW Local Assistance Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Fee is included as a supplemental cost to the biennial boater registration collected through the DMV. Annual Program - $3.75 Million $3.75 Million
18/19

DBW Local Assistance Floating Restroom Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Combination of Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund and Federal Clean Vessel Act funds. Annual Program - Future funding based on Federal and State appropriations $900,000
FY 18/19

National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, administered by DBW
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Federal Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Annual Program - Future funding dependent on Federal appropriations To Be Determined
FF Y18

DBW Local Assistance, Statewide Ramp Repair and Modification Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund  Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $1.5 Million
FY 16/17

DBW Local Assistance Boat Launching Facility Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $7.12 Million
FY 17/18

DBW Local Assistance, Statewide Non-Motorized Boat Launching Facility Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $4.67 Million
FY 17/18

DBW Local Assistance, Statewide Sign Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $150,000
FY 17/18

DBW Beach Erosion Control and Public Beach Restoration Programs
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Public Beach Restoration Fund  Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $2.595 Million
FY 17/18

Aquatic Center Boating Safety Education Grants
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant US Coast Guard Federal Trust Funds $1.3 Million available each year (approx) $1.3 Million (approx)

Law Enforcement Financial Aid Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Cooperative Agreement Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Funds Local assistance $11.5 Million annually to 38 counties and two cities $11.5 Million
FY 18/19

Boating Law Enforcement Training
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Federal Grant Recreational Boating Safety Program $400,000 / year (approx) $400,000

Law Enforcement Equipment Grant Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant  Federal Grant Recreational Boating Safety Program  $900,000 - $1.2 Million $1.2 Million
FY 18/19

DBW Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF)
DBW Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP)
DBW Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE)
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Grant Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Funds Local assistance $1.75 Million annually $2.75 Million
FY 18/19

DBW Private Small Craft Harbor Loan Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Loan Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $5 Million
FY 17/18

DBW Local Assistance Public Small Craft Harbor Loan Program
TypeFunding SourceTotal Grant FundsRemaining Grant Funds
Loan Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund Annual Program - Future funding dependent on State appropriations $0
FY 17/18

Click here for full Natrual Resources Agency Grant & Loan list (PDF)

The following list of grant and loan descriptions includes links to the actual application information pages as well as DBW grant and loan staff contact data. They are available to provide additional information about the application process.

Grants

Aquatic Center Education Program  
Universities, colleges, local public and nonprofits are eligible to receive grants to fund classroom and on-the-water safety education.

Boat Launching Facilities
Local public entities may apply for grants to plan, design, renovate, and construct launching ramps and facilities for motorized and non-motorized boats.

Boating Infrastructure (BIG)
Local public agencies may apply for grants to provide transient (guest) dockage for recreational vessels 26 feet or more in length.

Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment 
Local governmental agencies may apply for grants to purchase boats, equipment, dive gear, etc.

Boating Safety and Enforcement Financial Aid
Provides funding to local government agencies to augment their existing budget for boating law enforcement personnel, search and rescue operations, recovery of drowned bodies, etc.

Coastal Beach Erosion Control
Grants are available to public entities to plan, design and restore public beaches.

Floating Restrooms - Clean Vessel Act
These CVA grants fund: The development, construction, deployment, and operation and maintenance of floating restrooms.

Pumpout Installation Program– Clean Vessel Act
Pumpout Operation and Maintenance Program – Clean Vessel Act
Education & Outreach Program – Clean Vessel Act

These CVA grants fund: The placement, operation and maintenance of vessel pumpout stations, and education and outreach efforts for boaters about proper sewage disposal, the use of pumpout facilities and pumpout monitoring efforts.

Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program  
Any person who owns or manages a reservoir that is open to the public and is not currently infested with the Dreissenid Mussel may apply for grants to be reimbursed for costs related to an infestation prevention program.

Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (formerly Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund)
Public agencies may apply for grants to remove, store and dispose of abandoned recreational vessels and other navigational hazards.

Vessel Turn-In Program
Public agencies may apply for funds to run a program in which dilapidated vessels are voluntarily surrendered to them by owners.

Loans

Private Marinas
Local private entities may apply for funding to plan, design, renovate and construct small craft harbors, marinas, dry storage facilities and fund emergency repairs.

Public Marinas
Local public entities may apply for funding to plan, design, renovate and construct small craft harbors, marinas, dry storage facilities and fund emergency repairs.