Clean Water Initiative Program: Ecosystem Restoration Grants

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

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Grant amount: More than US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 3, 2021 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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Ecosystem Restoration Grants

DEC is pleased to announce the state fiscal year (SFY) 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Ecosystem Restoration Grants – Round 2. The goal of the program is to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Remaining funds for the final State Fiscal Year 2020 Ecosystem Restoration Grant round must be used for natural resources restoration projects, including design and implementation of dam removal and floodplain/stream, lake shoreland, wetland, and forest restoration projects. 


SFY 2020 funds available: For the Ecosystem Restoration Grants round due February 3, 2020, funding is available for natural resources restoration projects only, not stormwater projects, based on available funding. The first priority for utilizing these funds are for design or implementation of projects that are not eligible for funding through the Design/Implementation Block Grants (e.g., dam removal projects). The second priority for utilizing these funds is for all other natural resources restoration project types eligible for Clean Water Initiative Program funding (i.e., lakes, rivers, forest, and wetland projects). See the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program Funding Policy for details regarding eligible project types and determination of eligibility.

Review the full application manual here.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible Entities:
    • Vermont municipality
    • Regional planning commission
    • Natural resource conservation district
    • Non-profit private organizations
    • State agencies
    • State colleges and universities
    • Public hospitals and medical centers
    • Public schools 


  • Round 2 prioritizes funds for natural resources restoration project types not eligible for funds through Design/Implementation Block Grants (e.g., dam removal design and implementation).
  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Private Citizens, Individuals
    • Private Colleges and Universities
    • Private For-Profit Businesses and Industries
    • Federal Agencies
    • DEC Programs