Aquatic Center Education Program
Aquatic Center grant applications are closed for the 2018 two-year grant cycle. The next period for new grant applications will be August 2019. Renewal applications will be open in August 2018. All applications must be submitted through the Online Grant Application System.
DBW promotes a safer and more enjoyable boating environment through grants to non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and local agencies operating in California that offer on-the-water training to enhance basic boating safety. Click here to see Participating Aquatic Centers.
The mission of DBW is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound recreational boating.
As part of its mission, DBW manages the Aquatic Center Grant Program to enhance boaters’ knowledge of boating laws, practical handling of vessels on the water, weather and water conditions, rules of the road, equipment requirements and environmental stewardship.
Funding is provided to organizations that offer on-the-water training to the general public that includes all of the above-mentioned topics.
The following questions are typical of those DBW receives concerning the Aquatic Center Grant Program and should provide valuable information for grant applicants.
Event: Fall 2018 Aquatic Center Director’s Meeting
Date: October 16 & 17, 2018
Place: Mission Bay Aquatic Center, San Diego, CA
Aquatic Center Director's Meetings
Aquatic center director meetings provide an opportunity for aquatic center directors throughout the state to come together and discuss boating-related topics. (Meetings are open to the public.)
Topics of discussion have included:
- Aquatic programs for children, including youth at-risk programs
- Ways to make program dollars go further
- Programs for the disabled
- Sharing instructional videos and manuals
- Grant writing workshops
- How aquatic centers can form valuable partnerships with municipal governments and other area organizations
- Role of the Internet in aquatic center programs
Meeting attendees get the chance to network with others who direct programs similar to theirs, affording them a chance to share ideas and find ways to offer better, safer and often cheaper programs.
The meetings are held twice a year, in spring and fall. The spring meeting takes place in Northern California, usually in the month of March. Southern California's meeting takes place in October. Agencies participating in the grant program volunteer to host a meeting. The meeting lasts two days and occasionally includes a third day, which involves a boating activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, ideal candidates for funding would have several of these attributes:
- Program goals that support DBW’s mission.
- Self-sufficient program that does not totally depend on DBW funding.
- Adequate permanent staff to ensure continuity of programming.
- Located in sites where boating is prevalent, but there are limited opportunities to receive boating education.
- Year-round courses where weather and water conditions permit.
- Comprehensive and cost-effective boating safety training courses for a large segment of the general public.
- Training for underserved populations.
- Basic boating safety education
- Safety training for boating activities associated with accidents.
The Aquatic Center Grant Program Manual includes grant management, as well as terms and conditions that must be followed. On-Line Grant Application (OLGA) information may be found by clicking the links in the left-hand column on this page.
After DBW receives an application for grant funds, it is reviewed to see how closely the applicant's program funding request aligns with the Aquatic Center Grant Program's goals and objectives. Usually a site visit is conducted in order to further evaluate the program. Only the most qualified applicants are granted funding.
If the application is approved, an agreement is sent to the grant recipient for signature, and then it is processed through DBW's Administrative Services Unit and signed by the Deputy Director. Additional approval occurs at the Department of General Services Office of Risk Insurance Management.
Additionally, applicants may apply for associated portable equipment such as storage sheds, equipment racks and portable docking systems.
Exhibit B – Special Terms and Conditions
Exhibit B – Special Terms and Conditions (UC System)
Exhibit C – General Terms and Conditions
Exhibit C – General Terms and Conditions (UC System)
Prospective applicants should ensure that they can comply with both the general and specific terms and conditions.
Additionally, the grantee shall ensure that the grant requirements are met such as attending one Aquatic Center Directors’ Meetings each year and completing an annual program report.
The length of time to receive reimbursement varies. Contractors should ensure that they carefully follow the billing instructions to ensure maximum speed of payment. Once the correctly completed request for payment leaves DBW, it goes to the DPR Accounting Unit and then to the California State Controller’s Office where the actual check is processed and mailed to the grantee. This process generally takes six weeks to complete if all documentation is in place. Programs without sufficient funds to cover payments while waiting for reimbursement should not apply for grant funding.
For more information regarding DBW’s Aquatic Center Grant Program, contact the following individuals:
Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Director
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001