Ecosystem Restoration Grants fund priority projects that restore and protect rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands from nonpoint source runoff and associated nutrient and sediment pollution. Vermont municipalities, regional organizations, nonprofit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive grants. 

Stay informed of grant opportunities when they become available by subscribing to the Clean Water Initiative Program's Grants Notification List.  A summary of updates for the next grant review will be posted by September 5th.

Below you will find all the resources needed to apply for or report on a grant, including:

Current Grant Opportunities and Application Resources

Ecosystem Restoration Grants

Support for the design and construction of water pollution abatement and control projects that target nonpoint sources of pollution. See the DEC Watershed Projects Database for possible projects. Other projects not currently in the database must be added to the database prior to the application deadline. The resources below are needed to complete the grant application.

Ecosystem Restoration Grant Applicant Webinar/Workshop

  • ​Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Presentation on key changes to the RFP, including application updates, project categories, and reporting processes, as well as a question and answer session. To attend in person,  RSVP by email or call Allison Compagna at (802) 490-6124 by May 24th​.

As in previous grant rounds, Ecosystem Restoration Grant applicants must discuss proposed projects with their basin planner. Basin planners will be entering proposed projects into the Watershed Projects Database and assigning it a Project Identification Number. This number must be included in the grant application prior to submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to give basin planners as much notice as possible.

For more information, email or call Allison Compagna at (802) 490-6124.

Prior Grant Opportunities

Clean Water Partnership Grants

Clean Water Block Grants

Support for statewide partner(s) to administer a program that will support the completion of “construction-ready” clean water improvement projects identified on the  DEC Watershed Projects Database "Go List."'

Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Pilot Project

In partnership with Vermont’s regional planning commissions, the Clean Water Initiative Program is offering approximately $2.1 million to aid municipalities in implementing best management practices on municipal roads to improve water quality. Practices eligible for funding under this pilot project include drainage ditch installation and upgrades, turnouts, removal of grader berms, and stabilization of drainage culverts and catch basin outlets, and on Class 4 roads, stabilization of gully erosion. The pilot project targets those sections of roads that are “hydrologically-connected” — road segments that are next to or cross streams, wetlands, lakes, or ponds. The amount of funding awarded to each participating municipality will be based on their number of hydrologically connected road miles. See details below, and contact your local regional planning commission for more information and to sign up.

River Corridor Conservation Easements

Support for implementation of priority river corridor easements to reduce flood hazards, and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

Final Reporting Resources

All grantees are now required to submit a grant-level Final Performance Report as part of their final deliverables at the close of their grant. For implementation projects and  grants with an outreach component, additional reporting is required. These requirements  - listed in Attachment D of all Ecosystem Restoration Grant Agreements - are below.