Lake Champlain & Tributaries Restoration Fund Grant

Vermont Community Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2018 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Vermont: Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Franklin County Expand all

Location of residency: Vermont

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This fund was established in 2009 as part of a comprehensive settlement agreement between the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) for the Lamoille River, Carver Falls, and Silver Lake Hydroelectric Projects. 

Grants will be awarded for long-term or permanent physical enhancements to aquatic and riparian habitat in the tributaries of Lake Champlain, or related implementation feasibility studies, that:

  • Protect, restore, and enhance the ecosystem integrity and ecological connectivity of the community of aquatic life
  • Protect, restore, and enhance lake sturgeon and their habitats
  • Restore a self-sustaining land-locked Atlantic Salmon population in Lake Champlain

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


  • Applications will be considered from nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, units of government, and officially appointed commissions, or boards in the state of Vermont. 
  • Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the state of Vermont.
    • Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsors.
  • Additionally, eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
    • Projects must be located in Vermont on a tributary of Lake Champlain. 
    • Riparian buffer projects should include plans for long term monitoring and maintenance beyond the initial planting.
    • Projects require a 50% match. In-kind contributions can count toward this match.
    • Applicants must demonstrate past experience in working on protection and restoration projects.


  • Strong preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate partnerships between multiple organizations, are innovative, and build on existing programs.
  • Preference will be given to projects located on a major tributary (i.e. the Lamoille, Missisquoi, or Winooski Rivers) or a lesser tributary going into one of these, though high-impact projects on smaller waters may be considered.


  • In general, the Fund does not support:
    • Educational programming
    • Research unrelated to a specific physical enhancement opportunity
    • Publications
    • Capital campaigns
    • Normal operating expenses
    • Lobbying or advocacy work
    • Deficit funding

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