Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment Grant Program

DBW is pleased to announce the activation of the new online grant application system, "OLGA," available for the following grants:
  • Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment Grant Program (BSE)
  • Surrendered and Abandoned Vessels Exchange (SAVE)

Grant applications submitted through OLGA will be accepted as of February 1, 2016 and will close at 5:00pm PST on April 30, 2016. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.

To introduce new users to OLGA, an instructional aid is available via the link under "Quick Hits" on the left of this page (second link from top). Please review this information before beginning your application. Please see "How to Apply" for training on 4/6/16.

The link to access and begin your application via OLGA is the first link on the left of this page, "ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION (OLGA)."

Other DBW grant programs will be made available online through OLGA at future dates within the year. DBW will update the website as these programs become activated.

If any questions regarding these grants, please contact:

BSE: Corrina Dugger,
AWAF/VTIP/SAVE: Susan Sykes,

In accordance with Title 14, 6594.1, of the California Government Code of Regulations, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) provides grants to local government agencies to purchase boating safety and law enforcement equipment through the Law Enforcement Equipment Grant Program.

Agencies interested in applying for a grant must submit a completed application packet by April 30th of each year, prior to the start of the federal fiscal year in which grant funds are requested. You may submit applications via OLGA only. Please see directions at the top of this page.

Who is eligible?

Local government agencies who can demonstrate a need for boating safety and law enforcement equipment pursuant to the application assessment criteria. Grants are for local boating safety and law enforcement only.

What law enforcement equipment is eligible for funding?

Eligible equipment may include:
  • Law Enforcement Patrol Boats
  • Marine Patrol Equipment
  • Personal Watercraft (PWC)
  • Search and Rescue Equipment
  • Dive Gear
  • Engines, repowers and replacements

How to apply?

Grant applications will be accepted only through the OLGA system as described above. The links to access Step by Step instructions and begin your application via OLGA are located under “Quick Hits” at the left of this page.

How do I appeal the denial of a permit, license or application?

Use the following information only to appeal the denial of an application.

E-mail: Ramona Fernandez, Chief of Operations
Call:     (888) 326-2822
Write:   One Capital Mall, Suite 410, Sacramento, CA  95814

Funding is provided by the Federal Trust Fund (Recreational Boating Grant).