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Ecosystem Restoration Grants for Dam Removal Projects

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and
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Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP)

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04/22/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and corporations for the preservation of natural resources. Funding is intended to prevent and reduce pollution to rivers, streams, wetlands, and lakes through carefully removing unnecessary and damaging dams throughout the State.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) is pleased to announce the state fiscal year (SFY) 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Ecosystem Restoration Grants for Dam Removal Projects. These grants are supported by the state Clean Water Fund. The goal of the program is to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands.

A dam removal project is recognized as a temporary perturbation of the biological, chemical, and physical function of the stream or river environment that results in a short-term adverse impact for a long-term beneficial gain.

The primary goals and objectives for CWIP-funded dam removal projects are to:

  1. Restore dynamic stream equilibrium (i.e., stream’s least erosive state) in the former impoundment and proximity of the former dam;
  2. Improve the water quality of the stream or river in the project area and in downstream receiving waters such as ponds and lakes in the watershed; and
  3. Restore wetlands in the former impoundment if present in the landscape.

The following additional benefits may also be achieved through dam removal projects:

  1. Restore floodplain connectivity to lower flood water elevations to alleviate potential community flood hazards and risks of bank erosion and inundation;
  2. Restore aquatic organism passage (AOP) for fish and aquatic organisms and wildlife; and
  3. Restore connectivity of habitat blocks for bird life and terrestrial wildlife.

The following dam removal project types are eligible for funding under this RFP (note that a proposal submission may only address one of the following phases):

  • Dam Removal – Preliminary Engineering Design,
  • Dam Removal – Final Engineering Design, and
  • Dam Removal – Implementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176337

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum funding request is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Pending the schedule of agreement execution, it is anticipated that this work will be completed by November 1, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities include municipalities, nonprofits, corporations, sole proprietors, and LLCs.

Pre-Application Information:

Anticipated Project Schedule:
- Friday, March 26, 2021 RFP distributed on EBB
- March 26–April 9, 2021 (4:00 PM EST): RFP Q&A Period
- Friday, April 9, 2021 (4:00 PM EST): RFP Questions period closes
- Thursday, April 15, 2021: Answers posted on EBB
- Thursday, April 22, 2021 (4:00 PM EST): Deadline for submission of proposals
- Week of May 17, 2021: Applicant notification
- By November 1, 2023: Final deliverables compiled/submitted
- December 1, 2023: Project closure

Proposals are for individual projects only. A proposal cannot address multiple projects.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions and applications to:
Shalini Suryanarayana

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Water Investment Division
Davis Building - 3rd Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3520


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USA: Vermont

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