Watershed Association Professional Development Mini-Grants

Lake Champlain Basin Program

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Grant amount: Up to US $500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Conference, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Warren County, Washington County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Warren County, Washington County Show all

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Note: Applications deadlines are the last day of each month. Awards will be announced shortly thereafter. We encourage organizations to submit their requests a month in advance. 

These mini-grants provide professional development funds for the staff and volunteers of qualified watershed organizations in the Lake Champlain Basin, to cover expenses such as travel, meals, registration and accommodations at meetings, conferences, workshops and other venues designed to enhance the organizations’ capacity to operate. 

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is a Congressionally-designated initiative to restore and protect Lake Champlain and its surrounding watershed. We work with partners in New York, Vermont, and Québec to coordinate and fund efforts to address challenges in the areas of phosphorus pollution, toxic substances, biodiversity, aquatic invasive species, and climate change. The LCBP also administers the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, which builds appreciation and improves stewardship of the region’s rich cultural resources by interpreting and promoting its history.

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


  • Watershed types of organization within the Lake Champlain Basin may apply for Watershed Association Professional Development Mini‐grants provided they meet the following criteria:
    • Organizations must be 501c3 nonprofits and have a mission statement ‐ if a statement has been established - that includes natural resource stewardship specifically pertaining to water quality.
      • Note: Several volunteer watershed associations, not yet having formal identity as a non‐profit corporation, have successfully completed LCBP contracts which were received, expended and reported on their behalf by an established qualifying organization.
        • This affiliation with an established organization may also be invoked to qualify for professional development mini‐grants.
    • The professional development activities must be related to improving water quality in the Lake Champlain basin, particularly the streams and rivers that flow to the Lake or to strengthening the long‐term operation of a local watershed group.
    • Organizational capacity building (for example, fundraising workshops or computer training) that will significantly enhance the operations of the organizations may also be supported. 


  • Organizations or groups having successfully completed an LCBP Local Implementation contract in excess of $4,000, pertaining to  watershed stewardship will be given preference.