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Stream Wise Award Program

Grant to a New York, Vermont, or Quebec Nonprofit, IHE, or For-Profit
to Develop a Marketing Campaign for Environmental Protection

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 Receipt


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Grant of up to $50,000 to a New York, Vermont, or Quebec nonprofit organization, IHE, or for-profit to develop a marketing campaign that will promote environmental protection in eligible locations. Funding is intended to prepare social marketing materials that will encourage landowners and communities in the Lake Champlain Basin to protect water quality, aquatic/riparian habitat, and increase flood resiliency.

The Stream Wise Award Program is a campaign that will educate and incentivize communities in the Lake Champlain Basin to engage in activities applicable to the Clean Water Goal of the LCBP’s long-term management plan. 

The goal of establishing a basin-wide Stream Wise Award Program is to market a consistent message and brand. This will encourage riparian landowners within the basin to support good stewardship of streams and rivers through the installation, maintenance, and enhancement of recommended best management practices for riparian corridors on their lands.

This awards program, inspired by VTDEC’s Lake Wise Program, will harness social science research that has demonstrated that people are most influenced by their neighbors. Properties that meet certain riparian corridor management conditions will earn a Stream Wise Award. These “model” properties are intended to inspire other landowners to adopt Stream Wise practices to earn the Stream Wise recognition and help protect their shared rivers and streams.

The Stream Wise Award Program will work cooperatively with existing vegetated stream buffer programs within the Lake Champlain basin. This includes New York State’s Trees for Tribs program and the Trees for Streams programs located in Vermont. The program will take into consideration existing jurisdictional standards and regulations to help understand the current capacity of local organizations to run successful programs.  

The program is intended to be a collaborative effort among federal, state, provincial, municipal, and local organizations across the Lake Champlain Basin.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188816

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that one successful project will be chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 is available to support this project.

Term of Contract:

- Project start date: July, 2020
- Work completed, and project deliverables and draft final report due: July 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and non- government agencies.

The LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec.

Federal, state, and provincial government entities are ineligible to apply to receive funding through this opportunity.
Individuals and representatives from organizations that participated in the development or review of this RFP and its contents are ineligible to apply.

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:

Electronic versions of proposals must be received by email no later than April 13, 2020.


- Proposals due to LCBP:April 13, 2020
- Applicants notified of funding decisions: June, 2020
- Detailed project work plan due: June, 2020
- Project start date: July, 2020
- Project deliverables and draft final report due: July, 2022

No in-kind or cash match is required, though match will be considered favorably during budget review.

Payment for costs incurred will be on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the completed application via email to

Please direct all inquiries to:

Lauren Jenness
LCBP Environmental Analyst

Lake Champlain Basin Program
(802) 372-3213 or toll free (800) 468-LCBP(NY and Vermont)

Grant Coverage Areas:

Lake Champlain Basin

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York;   Vermont

Canada: Quebec

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