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
- Prior Grant Opportunities
- Final Reporting Resources
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.
- Release Date: May 23, 2017 - This is now a rolling grant application process. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed quarterly.
- Next Quarterly Review: January 31, 2018
- Application (Fillable Form) (updated September 5, 2017)
- Application Manual (updated October 2, 2017): New guidance document with step-by-step instructions to apply for Ecosystem Restoration Grant funding.
- Appendix 1: Project Locator Map Instructions
- Appendix 2: Project Types, Definitions, and Performance Measures (updated October 13, 2017)
- Appendix 3: Standardized Milestones/Deliverables (updated October 13, 2017)
- Appendix 4: Ecosystem Restoration Grants Budget Template (updated January 24, 2018)
Please note: We have been notified of a calculation error in the previous budget template related to indirect rates. The updated version linked above includes better instructions for template use, and a correction of indirect cost rates. For those who have already completed your budget template, using the updated version is not required, but please ensure the total amount requested includes the indirect costs. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your consideration of using the updated budget template. If you have any questions about the template please contact Allison Compagna at Allison.Compagna@vermont.gov or at (802) 490-6124.
- Ecosystem Restoration Design Terminology and Guidance Document: A reference for definitions of design completion levels and expected deliverables for design projects.
- Ecosystem Restoration Grant RFP Questions and Answers (updated September 20, 2017)
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.
- Request for Proposals
- Release Date: October 5, 2017
- Proposals Due: November 20, 2017
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."'
- Release Date: May 22, 2017
- Application Due Date: June 5, 2017
- Request for Proposals (RFP)
- Multi-Sector Clean Water Block Grant RFP Questions and Answers
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.
- Sign Up Deadline: July 5, 2017
- Press Release: State Announces Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Pilot Project
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Final Report Template
Support for implementation of priority river corridor easements to reduce flood hazards, and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
- Release Date: May 11, 2017
- Application Due Date: June 21, 2017
- Request for Proposals
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.
- Other Grant Agreement Provisions (Attachment D in grant agreements): Explains the Ecosystem Restoration Grant performance reporting requirements, required deliverable for project identification, and required deliverable for outreach activities.
- Outreach Tracking Instructions and link to reporting form: This form is a requirement for all outreach activities conducted within the scope of an Ecosystem Restoration Grant.
- Final Performance Report Template (Attachment E in grant agreements): The grant-level performance reporting template (updated 2/2/2018)
- Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template (updated 2/12/2018): This form is a required deliverable for all ERP funded projects that completed the final design or implementation of a Structural Best Management Practice (BMP). This report pertains to mainly stormwater BMPs. Complete a separate report for each BMP completed within the scope of your project and submit along with the Final Performance Report. The following guidance document provides BMP definitions and storage volume calculations for each practice type BMP Storage Capacity Calculations.
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template Buffer Plantings: This form is a required delieverable for all Ecosystem Restoration Grants that installed buffer planting(s) within the scope of their grant.
- Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Pilot Project Final Performance Report: This form is a required deliverable for all road erosion control best management practices completed with Clean Water Initiative Program grant funds.