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Grants & Loans

Grants & Loans Program Overview

The Division of Boating and Waterways offers many different grants and loans that Universities and colleges, nonprofits, local government and public agencies can apply for. You can access each type of grant and loan here and find out how to apply for each.

DBW Grant Programs

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.

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 Prevention 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.