Ecosystem Restoration Grants

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation


Grant amount: More than US $20,000

Next deadline: Sep 10, 2018 1:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jan 10, 2019 1:00pm PST, Apr 22, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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Overview:

NOTE: This is now a rolling grant application process. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed quarterly. 

As in previous grant rounds, Ecosystem Restoration Grant applicants must discuss proposed projects with their basin planner. Basin planners will be entering proposed projects into the Watershed Projects Database and assigning it a Project Identification Number. This number must be included in the grant application prior to submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to give basin planners as much notice as possible.

Support for the design and construction of water pollution abatement and control projects that target nonpoint sources of pollution. See the DEC Watershed Projects Database for possible projects. Other projects not currently in the database must be added to the database prior to the application deadline.

Ecosystem Restoration Grants

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program administers the Ecosystem Restoration Grants. The goal of the program is to support projects that will restore and protect Vermont’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands from nutrient and sediment pollution. 

Projects

Support for the design and construction of water pollution abatement and control projects that target nonpoint sources of pollution. See the DEC Watershed Projects Database for possible projects. Other projects not currently in the database must be added to the database prior to the application deadline. 

General Project Eligibility Criteria:

  • Projects with a primary purpose of improving water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution are eligible.
  • Requested grant funds must be $20,000 or greater per application. Applications may not contain multiple projects. Applications may contain more than one phase of the same project; for example, one application may contain preliminary design through final design.
  • Land acquisition is ineligible for funding but may be acceptable as match.
  • Projects that solely address flooding problems, drainage, flood mitigation and do not address sediment or nutrient pollution are ineligible.
  • Projects that can be funded through other sources must pursue those funds first and explain why they are applying for an Ecosystem Restoration Grant.
  • General outreach and education is ineligible.
  • Projects related to compliance with Minimum Control Measures under the MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) General Permit are ineligible.
  • Projects that are considered low priority for this grant program include: culvert and other stream crossings, updates to existing assessments or plans, equipment, and streambank erosion hazard mitigation. 

Review the full application manual here.

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

Eligibility:

  • Vermont municipalities, regional organizations, nonprofit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive grants. 
  • To be considered for a CWIP Ecosystem Restoration Grant, a project must meet eligibility requirements in each of the following categories; Pollutant Type, Applicant Type, and Project Type. 

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Private Citizens, Individuals
    • Private Colleges and Universities
    • Private For-Profit Businesses and Industries
    • Federal Agencies
    • Programs within DEC