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Clean Water Fund Partnership Grants

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits and Watershed Groups
for Programs to Improve Water Quality

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Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Deadline Date:

11/20/17 - 4:00 PM


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Grants to Vermont nonprofits, watershed groups and IHEs to implement programs that will improve water quality through further education and technical support.

This request for proposals is to support implementation across program priority areas including stormwater management, municipal road-related stormwater management, natural resource restoration, agriculture and forestry management.

Eligible categories under this Partnership Grant are the following:

1. Work crew assistance: To increase on-the-ground implementation of priority clean water improvement projects using work crews. The applicant must describe the process for project identification using basic planning, targeted outreach and delivery of implementation assistance through the management of work crews;

2. Technical capacity (i.e., “Train the Trainer”) assistance: To expand the technical capacity of targeted audiences (such as, but not limited to, municipal governments, nonprofit organizations or farmers) to increase local water quality-based stewardship through implementation of clean water improvement projects.

Scope of Work
The successful applicant(s) will be responsible for the following tasks under each funding opportunity. The applicant should describe how they will accomplish each task in the proposal.

For Technical Capacity category, the applicant must fully describe the training they intend to implement. The applicant may request funds for either category or both.

Work crew supported project implementation (approximately $215,000 is available):
1. Collaborate with the local watershed coordinators and partners to identify and develop projects that can be implemented by a work crew and that are identified as priorities in basin planning, the basic planning database or through coordination with state basin planners. Clean water project types are limited to:
- Road projects,
- Riparian buffer restoration (including lakeshores) and
- Green stormwater infrastructure, infrastructure.
2. Implement projects, keeping track of costs and time involved for each project. All projects must meet 35’ requirements for buffers, state permit requirements, and have an approved operations and maintenance agreement.
3. Manage and supervise work crews as part of project implementation.
4. Track and report on individual projects according to the DEC tracking and accountability protocols.

Technical Capacity Assistance (approximately $100,000 is available)
1. Conduct Technical Capacity Assistance using “train the trainer” workshops for audiences that may include but are not limited to watershed organizations, lake associations regional or local civic organizations or business groups. Training subjects include:
- Green infrastructure
- Stormwater practices
- New Stormwater permits
- Natural resource protection and restoration
The program must increase the understanding of, and/or opportunity for implementation of water quality practices.
2. Document dates of trainings, number of attendees, education provided, and a narrative describing the expected value of the training.
3. Conduct a pre-and post-survey of the trainings. Survey process must be approved by DEC prior to implementation to allow for an evaluation of the training’s effectiveness.
4. Track and report on trainings through the DEC n-form online outreach tracking process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182369

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Work Crew supported project implementation - approximately $215,000 is available
Technical Capacity Assistance - approximately $100,000 is available

Term of Contract:

Award recipients are expected to complete all work by December 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants for Technical Capacity program:
Eligible applicants in this category include watershed groups, conservation districts, non-profits, and higher education. The applicant must describe how the proposal will enhance capacity of the identified targeted audience.

For-profit entities are not eligible.

Funding cannot be used to support general education, political advocacy, fundraising, grant writing or litigation.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants interested in applying for both categories (Work Crew Assitance and Technical Capacity) may do so using one grant application.

Questions are required to be submitted electronically via email by October 20, 2017, at 4:00 pm using the subject line “Partner Grant RPF Questions.”

Answers will be posted by October 25, 2017 at 4:00 ET
to the Vermont Bid System site under this RFP posting. See Supporting Documents for the Question and Answer Document.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by November 20, 2017, 4:00 pm using the subject line “Multi-Sector Clean Water Block Grant RFP.”

Bid opening:
Proposals are anticipated to be opened November 21, 2017, at 9:00 am.

Proposal(s) preliminarily accepted by DEC are anticipated to be notified no later than December 11, 2017.

Applicants to this RFP should be aware that they will need to agree to the State of Vermont Customary Grant Provisions (Attachment C) in order to execute an agreement. See Supporting Documents for Requests for Proposals.

Funding for this RFP is contingent on available funds. Payments will be made on a cost-reimbursable basis.

Contact Information:

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

Send questions and proposals to:
David Pasco, Grants Management Specialist

DEC - Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive - Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
(802) 490-6112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont