Vermont Watershed Grants

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Feb 7, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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Overview:

Program Goals Since its creation in 1998, the Vermont Watershed Grant Program’s primary focus has been to support watershedrelated education and recreation and directly protect and restore Vermont’s watersheds. In addition, and more broadly, the grant program also backs efforts that work to improve surface water quality.

Watershed Grant projects:

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats 
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines
  • Reduce phosphorus or nitrogen loading and sedimentation
  • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment of a watershed
  • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources
  • Educate people about watershed resources
  • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality

Project Category Types

Grants are intended for complete projects or discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects. Funds can be used for all aspects of a project including materials, labor, printing, and equipment rental. Salary or administrative costs are acceptable. Equipment purchase is also acceptable, if its more cost-effective than borrowing or renting.

  • Education and outreach – up to $5,000
    • Examples: 
      • Educational programs for youth, related to wetland, lake or stream ecology.
      • A community newsletter for lakeshore property owners to address shoreline and lake conservation topics.
      • A workshop for road foremen on best management practices to address transportation-related stormwater runoff.
  • Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $3,500
    • Examples:
      • Working with landowners to assess stream condition or water quality
      • Assisting landowners and municipal road officials in planning and managing storm runoff from driveways, parking areas, and town roads.
      • Water quality monitoring of town swimming holes.
      • A survey of road erosion areas or local culverts to identify priority areas in need work.O
  • On-the-ground implementation – up to $10,000
    • Examples: 
      • Rain gardens or other infiltration-based practice to control runoff from stormwater.
      • Planting native trees and shrubs to restore shoreline areas.
      • River clean-up projects.
      • Dam removal.
      • Instream habitat improvements to benefit fish populations.
      • Measures to improve aquatic organism passage, such as through culvert removal or retrofitting.

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

Eligibility:

  • Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive watershed grant dollars for work on public or private lands.

Preferences:

  • While all projects will be considered, the following are being emphasized in this year’s cycle:
    • Projects aimed at directly restoring habitat for aquatic organisms.
    • Education and practical outreach concerning watershed flood resiliency and implementing measures to protect or restore stream/river corridor habitat.
    • Quantifiable activities directed at protecting or restoring lake shoreline areas, especially those focused on controlling runoff and preventing erosion.

Ineligibility:

  • The following are not eligible for funding:
    • Land purchases and associated costs, such as appraisals.
    • Control or inventory of nuisance aquatic or terrestrial plants
  • Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may be partners of a project.