West Virginia Stream Partners Program Grant
Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits for
Community Efforts to Improve Watersheds
Community Efforts to Improve Watersheds
West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, Division of Natural Resources
Grants of $5,000 to West Virginia nonprofit community organizations for local efforts to improve the quality of watersheds. This program provides seed grants to organizations seeking to organize their communities for the planning and implementation of watershed improvements.
The purpose of this program is to support community groups dedicated to assuring that their local rivers and streams are safe for swimming, fishing, recreation, public and commercial purposes and provide habitat for plant and animal life.
A Stream Partner is defined as a community-based organization comprised of local citizens, industry, environmental groups, sportsmen, local government, and landowners that are interested in improving the quality of life in and around their stream and watershed. Members must live within the watershed.
A Stream Partner:
-Identifies the issues affecting the stream and the watershed
-Forms community-based partnerships to accomplish present and future watershed improvement projects and goals
-Completes a watershed improvement project that will restore, protect, or enhance the stream or watershed
-Establishes a reputation in the community as a voice of the people that gets results
-Educates the community on the importance of restoring, protecting, and enhancing the stream or watershed
What Stream Partners can do for you:
-Help organize a community-based watershed association
-Assist is selecting and prioritizing your watershed improvement projects
-Find technical and financial resource assistance to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects
-Assist in the development of stakeholders and partnerships for watershed associations
-Facilitate watershed association meetings and planning
Types of Watershed Improvement Projects Funded:
-Fish and wildlife habitat creation and enhancement
-Stream bank stabilization and erosion and sediment control
-Education and outreach on the importance of restoring, protecting, and enhancing streams and watersheds
-Clean-up projects that remove debris and litter from stream banks, in conjunction with a sustainable watershed improvement project
-Water quality monitoring and water quality improvement projects
The grant year is from January 1 through December 31 each year.
To be eligible you must:
-Be a broad based community organization whose members live in the watershed
-Be a 501(c)(3) organization or have a partner 501(c)(3) organization to receive the funding
-Be up to date with any previous SPP grant report requirements
-Have a project you can complete within the grant year
The applicant must be willing to provide a 20% cash and/or in-kind service match to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects.
The goal of the Stream Partners Program is to create sustainable organizations for environmental protection and restoration. Staff is available to assist you with organizational development and project implementation. Applicants are encouraged to work with their Basin Coordinator. They can answer eligibility questions, identify potential projects, assist with applications, and review drafts.
-September 15: Grant application deadline
-January 1: Grant year begins
-July 31: Mid-term report deadline
-December 31: Watershed improvement project completion deadline and grant year ends.
-January 31 of following year: Final report deadline
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
1-800-654-5227 / (304) 926-0495
Martin Christ, Northern Basin Coordinator
(304) 368-2000 ext. 3736
Seth Burdette, Western Basin Coordinator
(304) 465-1938 ext. 3151
Tomi Bergstrom, Southern Basin Coordinator
(304) 822-7266 ext. 3623
WV Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
USA: West Virginia
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