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Local Implementation Grants

Grants to New York, Vermont, and Quebec Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Conservation Programs

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Funding Source:

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Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

Deadline Date:

01/09/20 Receipt


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Grants to New York, Vermont, and Quebec nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, educational institutions, and government agencies for conservation related projects related to the Lake Champlain Basin. Funding is intended to support education and outreach activities for students and adults as well as organizational support for watershed organizations.

The 2019 Local Implementation Grants support local community involvement in the implementation of the comprehensive management plan, Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin (see Grant funds are anticipated through agreements with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Three categories of grants are available: 

- Education and Outreach Large Grants: Grants are awarded to inform students and/or adults about key Lake Champlain Basin pollution issues identified in the management plan Opportunities for Action. The objective is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment on a Basin issue so that informed decisions and constructive actions will prevent pollution to Lake Champlain. Hands-on stewardship activities for citizens are strongly encouraged.

- Education and Outreach Small Grants: The Small Education and Outreach Grants provide funding to eligible groups to inform students and/or adults about key Lake Champlain Basin issues identified in the management plan Opportunities for Action. The objective is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment on a Basin issue so that informed decisions and constructive actions will benefit Lake Champlain. Hands-on stewardship activities for citizens are strongly encouraged.

- Organizational Support Grants: Funding is provided to support increased organizational capacity and long-term effectiveness of watershed organizations working to implement elements of Opportunities for Action. The intent of this grant category is to assist watershed organizations with the early stages of their development or to assist established watershed organizations in strengthening their organizational capacity.

For examples of Eligible Expenses for Organizational Support Grants, see the Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176763

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of Small Education and Outreach grants: 18-22; of Large Education and Outreach grants: 2-4; of Organizational Support grants: 10-12.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Education and Outreach Large Grant Awards: Between $15,000 - $50,000
- Education and Outreach Small grant Awards: Up to $10,000 per award
- Organizational Support Grants: Up to $4,000 per award

Term of Contract:

Projects must be initiated within six months of award notification. Projects should typically be completed within one year of the official project start date. Expanded project periods will be considered if appropriately justified.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Education and Outreach grants (large and small):

- Local government entities including municipal boards, commissions, or committees;
- Public or private schools or other educational institutions;
- Natural Resource Conservation Districts (VT) and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (NY);
- Organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status, or citizen groups such as watershed or lake associations working in coordination with such an organization, that applies on their behalf and will manage the grant funds; and
- Private businesses, individuals, and state government agencies may collaborate with one of the above groups, but are not eligible to be the primary applicant under this grant program.
- Regardless of organization type, eligible applicants must either have or be able to acquire a DUNS number. Please see for more information about DUNS and how to acquire a DUNS number.

Eligibility for Organizational Support grants:

All organizations seeking grants in this category must have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status (NY Soil and Water/VT Natural Resource Conservation Districts are also eligible) and must have an organizational mission statement focused on achieving water quality improvements in the Lake Champlain watershed. Regardless of organization type, eligible applicants must either have or be able to acquire a DUNS number.

Be aware that if projects will take place on private property, written landowner permission will be required at the time of work plan development. Landowner permission notice does not count as a letter of support.

Grant award funding may not be used for the purchase of food or to provide entrance fees to facilities.

LCBP grant funds cannot be used to produce for-profit products or to cover costs associated with regulatory compliance or direct fundraising efforts. LCBP grant funds also cannot be used for land purchases, endowment funds, or lobbying or legislative advocacy of any kind.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates for Education & Outreach – Small and Large Grants, and for Organizational Support Grants:

- Release Date: November 14, 2019
- Due Date: January 9, 2020

An electronic copy of applications must be received in the LCBP office in Grand Isle, VT by Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Award notification should be expected by March 2020.

No more than one unique application may be submitted by the same organization in any single category, though
organizations may submit separate applications to different grant categories. Please note that the small and large education and outreach grants are considered separate categories so one organization may apply to one of each with unique projects.

This is a reimbursement grant.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to Alternatively, applications may be submitted and all questions addressed to:

- Education and Outreach Grants (Small and Large):
Colleen Hickey, Education and Outreach Coordinator

- Organizational Support Grants:
Kathy Jarvis, Office Manager

Lake Champlain Basin Program
54 West Shore Road
Grand Isle, VT 05458

Grant Coverage Areas:

Lake Champlain Basin

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York;   Vermont

Canada: Quebec

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