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Vermont Watershed Grants

 

 

 

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Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program.  The Program, co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

Groton dam removal

 

Removal of the old Franconia Paper Company Dam in 2014 located on the Wells River in Groton.

 

Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats;
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Ecosystem Restoration Program objectives;
  • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
  • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
  • Educate people about watershed resources; or
  • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality.

  • Who May Apply

     

     

    Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive Watershed Grants for work on public or private lands. Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may be partners of a project.

    Planting willows

     

    Volunteers plant willows in 2014 as part of a streambank

    restoration project on the New Haven River in Bristol

    Funding Categories

    Watershed Grant: 

    Awards made up to $15,000, depending on project category type. Category types and the maximum grant amount for each project category type are as follows:

                 - Education and outreach – up to $7,500

                 - Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $5,000

                 - On-the-ground implementation – up to $15,000

    Watershed Grants Program dollars are intended for complete projects or for discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects.

    Application Information

    Grant awards are made on an annual cycle, with applications due in the fall of the year and funding decisions made the following mid-winter.

    The 2015 Project Year grant application deadline is Friday, November 21, 2014. Persons interested in applying should consult and use the 2015 project year forms shown below.

    Click here to submit your 2015 application materials

    A copy of the Grant Application Guide, the Administrative Guide or the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.

    Persons can join our new mailing list to receive future announcements about the Watershed Grants Program. When you sign up to register, simply select ’Watershed Grant Program announcements.’


    Updated: October 2014

     
     
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