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Local Implementation Grants

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

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

Deadline Date:

11/15/17 4:30 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to New York, Vermont, and Quebec nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, schools, and government agencies for a broad range of conservation projects in the Lake Champlain Basin. Applicants whose project involves data collection and analysis must contact program staff prior to applying. Program areas include pollution prevention, wildlife habitat conservation, aquatic invasive species, outreach and education, community resilience, and organizational support.

Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation Grants:

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 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 & aquatic life community probably will rank higher in the review process;
-Projects that incorporate flood-resilient practices will be awarded up to five extra points in the selection criteria.

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.

Education and Outreach Grants:

The 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 :

The Organizational Support grants provide support for 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.

Examples of Eligible Expenses:
-Purchase of software for improved database or financial management (such as GIS or bookkeeping and accounting software);
-Follow up field assessment checks of success/failure of plantings and other field based projects.
-Strategic planning or other types of board development; and
-Training of staff or volunteers for: a) volunteer recruitment and management; b) grant writing; c) membership recruitment and retention; and d) field techniques/field data collection.

Community Resilience (flood resilience and climate change):

The Flood Resilience & Climate Change grants provides support to eligible groups to develop collaborative projects at the municipal level to build resilience capacity to flooding and climate change-related impacts at the sub-watershed level within the Lake Champlain watershed. The objective is to develop community-level awareness of flooding and climate change impacts in your watershed and to address issues faced by your watershed within this topic area.

The Leahy Center Summit held at ECHO in March, 2015 provided numerous organizations with resources and opportunities to develop or refine flood resilience and climate change project proposals. This grant category welcomes proposals from those organizations and also from other organizations that did not attend the summit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176763

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation awards: 12-15; Anticipated number of Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention awards: 15-20; Anticipated number of Education and Outreach awards: 20-25: Anticipated number of Organizational Support awards: 12-15; Anticipated number of Community Resilience awards: 5-6.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation Grants: Requests for more than $25,000 will not be considered.

-Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants: Requests for more than $15,000 will not be considered.

-Education and Outreach Grants: Requests for more than $10,000 will not be considered.

-Organizational Support Grants: Up to $4,000.

-Community Resilience: Requests for more than $20,000 will not be considered.

Term of Contract:

Workplans must be submitted within thirty days following award notification (January 2018). 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 time periods will be considered if appropriately justified.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation, Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention, Education and Outreach, and Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation:

-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.

Eligibility for Organizational Support Grants:

All organizations seeking grants in this category must have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status AND must have an organizational mission statement focused on achieving water quality improvements in the Lake Champlain watershed.

Proposals for regular on-going operational expenses are not likely to be competitive. Projects involving collection of environmental data (including surveys or trainings) are not eligible in this category. Fundraising projects are not suitable for this category.

All Categories:

Regardless of organization type, eligible applicants must either have or be able to acquire a DUNS number.

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.

Grant award funding may not be used for the purchase of food.

Pre-Application Information:

Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation Grants: It is anticipated that $50,000 will be available specifically for riparian planting projects: $25,000 for at least one project in the New York portion of the Lake Champlain Basin, and $25,000 for at least one project in the Vermont portion of the Basin.

While non-federal match is not required, applicants should clearly document any intended source(s) and use(s) of such match contributions in the application budget.

Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff prior to submitting a proposal.

Please contact Matthew Vaughan prior to submitting your application if the proposed project involves data collection or analysis.

An electronic copy of applications MUST be received in the LCBP office in Grand Isle, VT by 4:30 PM, Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.

Award notification should be expected by January 2018 for all grant categories identified in this RFP.

Funds will be available on a reimbursement basis only.

Contact Information:

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

Matthew Vaughan
(802) 372-3213

Meg Modley, LCBP Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator
(802) 372-3215

Ellen Kujawa, LCBP Technical Associate

Colleen Hickey, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kathy Jarvis, Office Manager

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