West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Forestry, Division of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants of $5,000 and technical assistance to West Virginia nonprofit organizations to support watershed improvement projects. This program enables grantees to form community-based partnerships to restore, protect, and enhance local watersheds and streams.
This program is a cooperative effort of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia's Division of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, and the Division of Natural Resources. The program staff is housed within the DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management.
DEP offers grants and technical assistance to help watershed association form partnerships to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects that have long-term effects on the community and watershed.
About Stream Partner:
A Stream Partner is 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
-Is willing to match 20% of a $5,000 seed grant with cash and/or in-kind service contributions to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects
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
Note: Applications that include a variety of the projects mentioned above are given a higher priority.
GrantWatch ID#: 173410
The grant year is from January 1 - 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
-Submit an itemized detailed budget outlining how requested funds will be spent and show a 20% match
-Be willing to have the Board of Director’s meet with the Basin Coordinator to sign a grant agreement before receiving the check
-Be willing to adhere to all reporting deadlines and requirements
Applicant must be willing to provide a 20% match of cash and/or in-kind service contributions to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects
Staff is available to assist you with organizational development and project implementation. Applicants are encouraged to work with your Basin Coordinator. They can answer eligibility questions, identify potential projects, assist with applications, and review drafts.
The deadline to apply is September 15 of every year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Jennifer Pauer, Basin Coordinator
Stream Partners Program
WV Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
USA: West Virginia