Note: Every project is unique, and some of the information provided may not apply to your specific project. For more information or help estimating the cost of the pumpout project, please contact the Clean Vessel Act office.
What is a category?
The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program uses budget categories to break down what each task will entail for the proposed pumpout project. These categories will be used to draw up an agreement for your pumpout project and for future reimbursement of the corresponding project task.
Miscellaneous Expenses are used for permits, signage, and educational materials task funding.
Use Contractual Services when an outside vendor will be hired to perform the work outlined in the corresponding task.
Use Salaries when in-house labor will be used to perform the work outlined in the corresponding task.
Supplies is to be used when in-house staff will be conducting repairs to the system. This budget category will fund the replacement parts, extra hoses, etc., to repair and maintain the pumpout system.
For purchasing a pumpout or any other equipment that directly relates to the pumpout system.
Why is it important to have the correct budget categories?
Budget categories in our contracts indicate what can and cannot be funded. In the application process, we will approve your budget, with the corresponding budget category. If the application is approved for funding to hire an outside vendor, the facility will only be able to be reimbursed for hiring an outside vendor. The facility will not be able to be reimbursed if it has approved funds for an outside vendor and chose to install the equipment using in-house staff instead.
What does each task involve?
Permits – funding can cover city, county and state permitting fees pertaining directly to the pumpout system’s installation and operation.
Site Preparation – funding covers any work done to allow the installation of the equipment being purchased in the project. This task can involve many different things, depending on the project. Funds can be used to construct a dock to sit the pumpout on, digging trenches for piping, engineering plans to design and plan for the pumpout equipment installation, construct retaining walls to protect the pumpout equipment, etc.
Renovation – funding covers any work to be done to an existing pumpout system site to prepare for the installation of new pumpout equipment.
Equipment Purchase – funding covers the purchase of any authorized pumpout equipment or waste receptacle, as well as the sales tax, and delivery fees to get the equipment to the facility. Authorized pumpout equipment can be portable pumpout carts, stationary pumpout systems, pumpout vessels, dump stations, lift stations, meters to accurately measure gallons pumped, run time counters or holding tanks.
Equipment Installation – funding covers the cost of installing the plumbing and/or electric to the pumpout equipment. It can also cover the training of pumpout operators.
Operations – funding covers the salaries of the facility’s workers when operating the pumpout equipment and/or pumpout vessels.
Maintenance and Repairs – funding covers the costs to maintain and repair a pumpout system. The facility can hire an outside vendor to do routine maintenance and repairs to the system. The facility can also use in-house staff members to maintain and repair the system. Our office can reimburse the staff salaries, as well as the costs for supplies and parts.
Sewage Hauling – funding covers the cost to hire a licensed contractor to haul the facility’s sewage, collected from a permitted holding tank, to a permitted wastewater treatment facility or sewage transfer station.
Pumpout Signage – funding covers the purchase, supplies, and installation of the programmatic signs required to be posted when receiving grant funding from our office. Click here to view the signage requirements.
Educational and Instructional Materials – funding covers the purchase of educational and instructional materials to be distributed to recreational boaters about the Clean Vessel Act, effects of sewage in waterways, and the equipment available for public use.
How do I fill out the ‘Estimated Project Budget’ table?
This table will be used to approve the pumpout project’s budget. Facilities should estimate the 100 percent total cost as close as possible for each task outlined above. Each task should be broken down by the budget categories, also explained above. The lowest quote should be used to estimate the project, if quotes are required. If the facility would like to use the higher quote, please include a statement as to why the facility would like to use the higher quote. The table will automatically calculate the 75 percent and 25 percent amounts, along with the sum totals for each amount. If in-house labor is planned for the project, the ‘Hourly Rate of Pay for Grant Reimbursement’ table should also be filled out (click here for further explanation on how to fill out this table). The total salaries calculated by this table should be inputted into the corresponding task of the ‘Estimated Project Budget’ table.
Clean Vessel Act Grant applicants must provide at least 25 percent of the installed costs of the pumpout and/or dump out station equipment. This 25 percent match can be cash, the fair market values of any labor or materials provided, or a combination thereof. If the marina staff is doing any portion of the proposed project, the ‘Hourly Rate of Pay for Grant Reimbursement’ table, on page 7 of the application, is to be completed by the grantee to estimate the salary costs.
Expenses Not Eligible for Reimbursement by the CVA grant Program
Expenses for construction or any other activity that does not directly relate to the pumpout project
Costs associated with pumpout enforcement
Cell phone services
Sewage treatment plants
Fish cleaning stations
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