CVA Grant Program Information
Note: At this time, CVA grantees will be allowed to operate facilities pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7H and the associated DECD Guidance which covers marine maintenance, service and sanitary facilities including all stationary and mobile pumpout facilities.
(March 22, 2020) For pumpouts and dump stations at boating facilities (not for individual boats)
Participating in the Federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program is a great way to upgrade your marina's boat waste handling facilities and provide your customers with quick and convenient waste handling. A Harbormaster or Harbor Management Commission can develop a presence on the water by operating a CVA funded pumpout boat program. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Boating Division administers the CVA Grant Program in Connecticut. This program provides federally funded grants for qualifying projects which provide boat sewage disposal facilities. Up to 75% of the cost of an approved project may be reimbursed.
The purpose of the program is to increase the availability of proper waste handling facilities for boaters (known as Marine Sewage Disposal Facilities or MSDFs). Increased use of MSDFs will reduce the discharge of poorly treated or untreated sanitary wastes into the waters of Long Island Sound and its harbors thereby helping to improve water quality.
Any owner/operator of a public or private marine facility desiring to install a new MSDF, with an existing MSDF in need of substantial repairs or upgrade, or desiring to obtain funding to operate and maintain a new or existing MSDF may apply. Additionally, municipal entities and non-profit entities that are interested in operating a pumpout boat may apply. Grantees must agree to make the funded MSDF available to the general public for free.
Should response to this program be larger than anticipated and funding becomes limited, facilities within targeted harbors may receive a higher level of priority over other areas. All selected grant recipients will be required to enter into a contractual grant agreement with the Department.
The fact that a marina facility is not currently in compliance with the state's regulatory programs does not preclude the submission of an application for the funding of your MSDF project. However, boating facilities applying for a grant must bring their facilities into compliance with these regulatory programs in order to receive funding.
Funding is currently available for MSDF projects statewide. A solicitation for new and continued projects is issued each year. It is anticipated that funding will be available for projects through December 31 of the upcoming boating season.
Grants are available for installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) of MSDFs. Central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the dock system are MSDFs and are eligible for funding. These systems will be a secondary priority for funding following funding of new or replacement pumpouts and O&M of existing facilities. We are also encouraging the development of pumpout boat programs in harbors across the state.
For facilities who have already installed a Marine Sewage Disposal Facility (MSDF), funding for operation and maintenance (O&M) projects for the upcoming boating season is also now available. Grants will be made for reimbursement of up to 75% of the project cost of O&M of existing MSDFs for the upcoming boating season. The operator of any existing MSDF is eligible for O&M funding provided the pumpout or dump station is publicly available for a reasonable daily/weekly/seasonal period, at no cost. Central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the dock system are MSDFs and are eligible for funding. These systems will be considered as a secondary priority for funding.
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All documents and notifications for this RFP will be posted on the State Contracting Portal ("CT Source Portal") located on the CT Source web page hosted by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The CT Source Portal can be found at the following web address ttps://portal.ct.gov/DAS/CTSource/CTSource.
To find this RFP:
• Click on link above
• Select CT Source Bid Board
• Select the "Search Solicitations" button
• Enter the Solicitation Number in the search field*
• Scroll to this Solicitation Number and select it.
*Solicitation Number will be updated on or near April 1, 2021
Proposals must be submitted on the CTsource Portal located on the CTsource web page hosted by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS).
Communications Notice **IMPORTANT**
Proposers may submit questions about the RFP to the Official Agency Contact by May 12, 2021. All questions must be e-mailed. Anonymous questions will not be answered. The agency reserves the right to provide a combined answer to similar questions.
Questions received by the May 12, 2021 deadline will be answered as an addendum to the RFP by May 20, 2021 on CTsource, the state contracting portal. Proposers are responsible for checking the state contracting portal for amendments.
|April 1 2021||RFP Released|
|May 6, 2021||Proposers’ Conference, if requested by any applicant|
|May 12, 2021||Deadline for Questions|
|May 20, 2021||Official Answers Released (required if questions submitted)|
|July 15, 2021 at 4 p.m.||Deadline for Submitting Proposals|
|July 22, 2021||Contractor Selection|
|July 29, 2021||Start of Contract Negotiations|
|January 1, 2022||Estimated start date|
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