West Virginia Stream Partners Grant Program

West Virginia Conservation Agency

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Grant amount: US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: West Virginia

Location of residency: West Virginia

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The West Virginia Stream Partners Program is a cooperative effort of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia's Division of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, and the Division of Natural Resources. The program staff is housed within the DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management.

We offer grants and technical assistance to help watershed association form partnerships to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects that have long-term effects on the community and watershed.

What is a Stream Partner?

A community-based organization comprised of local citizens, industry, environmental groups, sportsmen, local government, and landowners that are interested in improving the quality of life in and around their stream and watershed. Members must live within the watershed.

A Stream Partner:

  • Identifies the issues affecting the stream and the watershed
  • Forms community-based partnerships to accomplish present and future watershed improvement projects and goals
  • Completes a watershed improvement project that will restore, protect, or enhance the stream or watershed
  • Establishes a reputation in the community as a voice of the people that gets results
  • Educates the community on the importance of restoring, protecting, and enhancing the stream or watershed
  • Is willing to match 20% of a $5,000 seed grant with cash and/or in-kind service contributions to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects

What Stream Partners can do for you:

  • Help organize a community-based watershed association
  • Assist is selecting and prioritizing your watershed improvement projects
  • Find technical and financial resource assistance to complete sustainable watershed improvement projects
  • Assist in the development of stakeholders and partnerships for watershed associations
  • Facilitate watershed association meetings and planning

Types of Watershed Improvement Projects Funded:

  • Fish and wildlife habitat creation and enhancement
  • Stream bank stabilization and erosion and sediment control
  • Education and outreach on the importance of restoring, protecting, and enhancing streams and watersheds
  • Clean-up projects that remove debris and litter from stream banks, in conjunction with a sustainable watershed improvement project
  • Water quality monitoring and water quality improvement projects
  • Wetland restoration

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


  • To be eligible you must:
    • Be a broad based community organization whose members live in the watershed
    • Be a 501 c(3) organization or have a partner 501 C(3) organization to receive the funding
    • Be up to date with any previous SPP grant report requirements
    • Have a project you can complete within the grant year
    • Submit an itemized detailed budget outlining how requested funds will be spent and show a 20% match
    • Be willing to have the Board of Director’s meet with the Basin Coordinator to sign a grant agreement before receiving the check
    • Be willing to adhere to all reporting deadlines and requirements