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Vermont Watershed Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and Citizen
Groups for Watershed Enhancement Projects

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Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations, citizen groups, and government agencies to enhance watersheds throughout the state. Program categories include education and outreach, on-the-ground implementation, and planning and assessment.

Funding is available for water-related projects that:
-Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats
-Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
-Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Clean Water Initiative objectives;
-Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
-Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
-Educate people about watershed resources; or
-Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality.

While all projects will be considered, the following are being emphasized in this year’s cycle:
-Education and practical outreach concerning watershed flood resiliency and implementing measures to protect or restore stream/river corridor habitat.
-Quantifiable activities directed at protecting or restoring lake shoreline areas, especially those focused on controlling runoff and preventing erosion.
-Groups new to the grant program.

Grants are intended for complete projects or discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects. Funds can be used for all aspects of a project including materials, labor, printing, and equipment rental. Salary or administrative costs are acceptable. Equipment purchase is also acceptable, if its more cost-effective than borrowing or renting.

Examples of Watershed Projects:

Category 1: Education and outreach
-Educational programs for youth, related to wetland, lake or stream ecology.
-A community newsletter for lakeshore property owners to address shoreline and lake conservation topics.
-A workshop for road foremen on best management practices to address transportation-related stormwater runoff.

Category 2: Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring
-Working with landowners to assess stream
-Assisting landowners and municipal road officials plan and manage storm runoff from driveways, parking areas, and town roads.
-Water quality monitoring of town swimming holes.
-A survey of road erosion areas or local culverts to identify priority areas in need work.

Category 3: On-the-ground implementation
-Rain gardens or other infiltration-based practice to control runoff from stormwater.
-Planting native trees and shrubs to restore shoreline areas.
-River clean-up projects.
-Dam removal.
-Instream habitat improvements to benefit fish populations.
-Measures to improve aquatic organism passage, such as through culverts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177136

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards made up to $10,000, depending on project category type. Category types and the maximum grant amount for each project category type are as follows:

-Education and outreach: Up to $5,000
-Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring: Up to $3,500
-On-the-ground implementation: Up to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive watershed grant dollars for work on public or private lands.

Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly but may be partners of a project.

The following are not eligible for funding:
-Land purchases and associated costs, such as appraisals.
-Control or inventory of nuisance aquatic or terrestrial plants. Other grant programs are available to fund these activities.

NOTE: Proposals focused on education and outreach, greeter programs, new or experimental demonstration control efforts and boat wash stations, however, ARE eligible for watershed grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Project Year grant application deadline is January 15, 2018.

Vermont’s Tactical Basin Planning can help identify project areas or types that are more likely to be funded:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications with “2018 Watershed Grant Application" in the subject line to:

Chris Saunders
(802) 343-5487

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620

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USA: Vermont