Summary of DEC Grant and Loan Programs

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Grant/Loan Name Description Who Is Eligible Fund Source & Max Amount Contact
DRINKING WATER GRANTS AND LOANS
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Loan Programs Planning, design and construction of public water system improvements to comply with drinking water standards and protect public health Municipalities and certain privately-owned public water systems EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Max. Planning Loan Amt: $150,000 annually
Max. Construction Loan Amt: $2,500,000 annually
Ashley Lucht
Ashley.lucht@vermont.gov
802-585-4904
Water Planning Loan Program Feasibility studies, preliminary engineering and final design services related to drinking water systems Municipalities EPA's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Ashley Lucht
Ashley.lucht@vermont.gov
802-585-4904
Water Source Protection Loan Program Purchase of land or conservation easements to protect public water sources Municipalities EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Ashley Lucht
Ashley.lucht@vermont.gov
802-585-4904
Vermont Only Drinking Water Loan Design, land acquisition, construction of water supply when disconnected involuntarily from public water supply Municipalities or municipally sponsored privately-owned systems, designated for projects not eligible under the CWSRG Program State Funds Ashley Lucht
Ashley.lucht@vermont.gov
802-585-4904
Planning Advances Development of engineering plans for potable water supply facilities, community wastewater disposal facilities, stormwater facilities, or combined sewer separation facilities. Municipalities State Funds Ashley Lucht
Ashley.Lucht@vermont.gov
802-585-4904
On-Site Loan Program
On-site Loan Program Repair or replacement of failed wastewater disposal systems and potable water supplies Single family/year-round residences, income less than 200% of State median income, denied bank financing State Funds Chris Rottler
Chris.Rottler@vermont.gov
802-461-6051
CLEAN WATER/ WATER POLLUTION CONTROL  GRANTS AND LOANS
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Loan Program Planning, design and construction of wastewater and stormwater facilities Municipalities and Municipally sponsored privately owned wastewater or stormwater system EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Tom Brown
Thomas.Brown@vermont.gov
802-622-4205
Vermont Pollution Control Grants Combined sewer overflow elimination/separation projects, removal of direct sewer connections to waters of the state, sludge handling and septage receiving facilities, or projects to reduce phosphorous discharges Municipalities, funding is subject to legislative approval State Funds Tom Brown
Thomas.Brown@vermont.gov
802-622-4205
Planning Advances Development of engineering plans for potable water supply facilities, community wastewater disposal facilities, stormwater facilities, or combined sewer separation facilities. Municipalities State Funds Tom Brown
Thomas.Brown@vermont.gov
802-622-4205
Vermont Pollution Control State Revolving Fund Clean Water Loan Planning or construction for wastewater treatment or stormwater treatment facilities and collection systems Municipalities or municipally sponsored privately-owned systems, designated for projects not eligible under the CWSRF Program State Funds Tom Brown
Thomas.Brown@vermont.gov
802-622-4205
DAM GRANTS AND LOANS 
Unsafe Dam Revolving Loan Fund Reconstruction, repair, or removal of a dam to make it safe, the dam must be determined to be unsafe Municipalities, private individuals, non-profits State Funds Ben Green
Benjamin.Green@vermont.gov
802-622-4093
STORAGE TANKS
Underground Storage Tank Replacement and/or Upgrade Program Removal, replacement or upgrade of underground and aboveground storage tanks. Loans secured by collateral. Interest rate is zero percent (0%) for tank owners of no more than four Vermont facilities. The interest rate is two percent (2%) for Tank owners of five or more Vermont facilities. Any owner of a category one tank system Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund June Reilly
June.Reilly@vermont.gov
802-522-0231
Low Income Residential Heating Oil Tank Removal Program Low Income vermont home owners  can apply for financial assistance with the cost of removal and replacement of a home heating oil tank.  Homeowners by  statute requires low-income applicants be given priority over other applicants Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund

For Underground Tanks contact

Susan Thayer
Susan.Thayer@vermont.gov
802-522-0275

For Aboveground Tanks contact

Kristin Davis
kristin.davis@ vermont.gov
802-522-0071

CONTAMINATED SITES MANAGEMENT
Brownfields Funding Available assistance ranges from completion of a Phase I environmental site assessment through corrective action planning and cleanup. All work approved under this program is paid for by DEC and performed by pre-qualified contractors. Purchasers and owners of contaminated property that is to be redeveloped. EPA’s Brownfield Response Program and Brownfield Assistance and Clean-up Programs Patricia Coppolino
Patricia.Coppolino@vermont.gov
802-249-5822
Petroleum Cleanup Fund – Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Evaluation and cleanup of leaks of commercial and residential petroleum products from USTs. Owners and operators of USTs who participate in the program and do not have private insurance. Tax on motor fuels and tank assessments

Eligible party pays the first $10,000 (the deductible) in costs, and the fund pays up to $1 Million for each occurrence including the deductible. Deductible is reduced to $250 for on-premises heating oil USTs less than 1,100 gallons and residential motor fuel USTs less than 1,100 gallons, and any size farm or residential on-premises heating oil UST

Matt Moran
Matt.Moran@vermont.gov
802-522-5729
Petroleum Clean Fund - Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) Evaluation of cleanup of leaks of commerical and residential petroleum products from ASTs used for petroleum. Aboveground storage tank owners that do not have private insurance to cover the costs of remediating a petroleum spill. Tax on motor fuels and tank assessments

Deductible for commercial AST owners and operators is $1000, while the deductible is $250 for residential and farm tanks

Patricia Coppolino
Patricia.Coppolino@vermont.gov
802-249-5822

Matt Moran
Matt.Moran@vermont.gov
802-522-5729

Environmental Contingency Fund Provide alternative water supplies contaminated by hazardous wastes, and initiating spill control procedures, clean up of spills, investigations into actual or threatened releases, etc. This funding is implemented after reimbursement by the responsible parties has been pursued. Private persons and municipalities Vermont Environmental Contingency Fund Patricia Coppolino
Patricia.Coppolino@vermont.gov
802-249-5822

Matt Moran
Matt.Moran@vermont.gov
802-522-5729

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Solid Waste Implementation Plan Grant Solid waste management and related projects. Priority is given to projects that directly relate to the State's Solid Waste Plan. Solid waste management entities (Districts, alliances and municipalities) Vermont Solid Waste Mgmt. Assistance Fund Mia Roethlein
Mia.Roethlein@vermont.gov
802-522-5926
EMISSIONS REDUCTION
Clean Diesel Grant Program Diesel emission reduction projects for heavy-duty vehicles, equipment and engines utilizing technologies such as idle reduction technology, exhaust retrofits, engine repowers or conversions, complete vehicle or equipment replacement, and more. All interested local, State and regional agencies or departments as well as businesses, institutions and nonprofit organizations operating in the State of Vermont. EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act Funds Deirdra Ritzer
Deirdra.Ritzer@vermont.gov
802-233-8052
WATERSHED - AQUATIC NUISANCE
Aquatic Nuisance Control Grants Local control or spread prevention project for aquatic nuisance species Municipalities Motorboat registration fees and often Federal funds

Award amount vary

Josh Mulhollem
josh.mulhollem@vermont.gov
802-490-6121
WATERSHED - MONITORING & ASSESSMENT
Laboratory Services Water Quality Monitoring Grants Analytical services for water quality monitoring performed by local volunteer groups. No funds are awarded. Grants are in the form of free analytical services to support water quality monitoring programs addressing joint local and VTDEC needs. Number of analyses available will depend on laboratory capacity for the requested test parameters. River, lake or watershed associations; municipal conservation commissions or water quality committees; and secondary-level education classes. Post-secondary-level institutions or statewide groups are eligible under certain circumstances. Various Heather Pembrook
Heather.Pembrook@vermont.gov
802-490-6149
WATERSHED - WATER QUALITY PROJECTS
Ecosystem Restoration Grants Grants to restore and protect rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands from unregulated nonpoint source runoff and erosion containing nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) and sediment pollution. Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens groups. Ecosystem Restoration and Protection Capital Funds

Max Grant Amount: $400,000

Kari Dolan
Kari.Dolan@vermont.gov
802-490-6113
Watershed Grants (Conservation License Plate) A wide variety of watershed projects are eligible, including protection, restoration and enhancement of habitat, water quality, recreation, and/or cultural/historic resources, and monitoring and education. Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofits and citizen organizations. Conservation License Plate Sales

Max Grant Amount: $10,000

Marli Rupe
Marli.Rupe@vermont.gov
802-490-6171
 

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