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Local Implementation Grants

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

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

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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to New York, Vermont, and Quebec nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, schools, and government agencies for conservation projects in the Lake Champlain Basin. Program areas include pollution prevention, wildlife habitat restoration, and aquatic invasive species spread prevention.

Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation Grants: Projects may address any of the priorities identified in Opportunities for Action such as:

  • Reducing non-point source inputs of phosphorus;
  • Reducing toxic substance inputs from urban and/or agricultural areas;
  • Improvement of wetland, riparian, or aquatic habitat (e.g., riparian plantings or aquatic organism passage projects) to restore and maintain a healthy and diverse fish and aquatic life community;
  • Implementation of flood resilience practices.

Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants: This grant category supports projects that aim to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species to and/or from the Lake Champlain Basin and to limit the impact and spread of these species within the Basin. Projects may address any of the priorities identified in Opportunities for Action and those that address the following areas will rank higher in the review process:

  • Reducing the spread and impact of aquatic invasive species; 
  • Establishing or expanding early detection and monitoring programs;
  • Supporting boat launch or other lake or river access greeter programs designed to inform lake or river users and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

All grant proposals that have a fieldwork component must provide assurance that appropriate invasive species spread prevention measures will be included in the project design. Quality Assurance Project
Plans (QAPPs) are required for all activities involving the collection,
generation, compilation, management, analysis, evaluation, and/or use of
environmental data. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176763

Number of Grants:

The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 25 grants: 12-15 Pollution Prevention & Habitat Conservation Grants, and 10-15 Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Pollution Prevention and Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Up to $20,000 per award
- Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants: Up to $15,000 per award

Term of Contract:

Applicants must submit a detailed project workplan within thirty days of LCBP grant award notification. This workplan is subject to the LCBP approval process before a contract will be issued. Projects must be initiated within six months of award notification and typically be completed within one year of the official project start date. Expanded project time periods will be considered if appropriately justified.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation and Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention:
-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.
- Eligible applicants must either have or be able to acquire a DUNS number.

Organizations with existing LCBP-funded projects are eligible to apply for new funding only if all project deliverables and obligations under existing and past awards are fully up-to-date and the projects are in good standing.

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 endowment funds, lobbying, or legislative advocacy of any kind.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due October 31, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff for assistance prior to the preparation of project proposals. LCBP staff do not make award decisions and can assist applicants in interpretation of the RFP instructions and guidelines.

Award notification should be expected by March 2020.

While non-federal match is not required, applicants should clearly document any intended sources and uses of such match contributions in the budget section of your application. Funds from federal government sources may not be used for matching contributions, although additional federal funding may be included in the proposal to demonstrate the expanded scope of work.

Funds will be available on a reimbursement basis only.


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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

Meg Modley, LCBP Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator
(802) 372-0215

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Lake Champlain Basin

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York;   Vermont

Canada: Quebec