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.
The CWIP Ecosystem Restoration Funding Policy (the Policy) offers clarity and transparency to grant and contract applicants, clean water improvement project proponents, state agencies, other program partners, and the public by presenting overarching grant program goals, CWIP funding priorities, and how CWIP administers clean water programs.
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
- Other Funding 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.
- Anticipated Release Date: July 16, 2018
- Next review deadline: Due September 10, 2018 (applications must be received by 4:30 pm)
- Request for Proposals(RFP) is available on the Vermont Department of Economic Development Bid System (EBB): http://vermontbidsystem.com/BidPreview.aspx?BidID=32665
- Application (Fillable Form) (Application updated July 16, 2018)
- Application Manual (Manual updated July 16, 2018): Guidance document with step-by-step instructions to apply for Ecosystem Restoration Grant funding. 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.
- Appendix 1: Project Locator Map Instructions
- Appendix 2: Project Types, Definitions, and Performance Measures (updated March 30, 2018)
- Appendix 3: Standardized Milestones/Deliverables (updated March 30, 2018)
- 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. If you have any questions about the template please contact Allison Compagna at Allison.Compagna@vermont.gov or at (802) 490-6124.
- Stormwater Treatment Practice (STP) Calculator: (New June 5, 2018!) This online tool allows the user to calculate estimated annual average phosphorus load and reductions associated with a stormwater treatment practice. Please refer to the STP Calculator Instructions for the limitations of this tool.
- Ecosystem Restoration Grant RFP Questions and Answers: FY2019 ERP RFP question and answer period is from 7/16/18 to 8/20/18. Questions must be submitted via ANR.WSMDERP@vermont.gov and responses are provided in the FY19 Ecosystem Restoration Grants RFP Question & Answer Document.
- Ecosystem Restoration Grant Applicant Training
Friday August 3, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm at The Pavilion (109 State Street, Montpelier): The Clean Water Initiative Program hosted a workshop on important updates to the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program to prepare partners and applicants for upcoming grant rounds (next deadline is September 10, 2018). A copy of the presentation and the corresponding question and answer document is available below:
- Coming Soon! Fall 2018
- Request for Proposals
- Release Date: October 5, 2017
- Proposals Due: November 20, 2017
In partnership with Vermont’s regional planning commissions, the Clean Water Initiative Program is offering approximately $2.6 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 high road shoulders, and stabilization of drainage culverts and catch basin outlets, and on Class 4 roads, stabilization of gully erosion. Projects must target sections of roads that are “hydrologically-connected” — road segments that are next to or cross streams, wetlands, lakes, or ponds. All municipalities required to comply with the Municipal Roads General Permit are eligible to enroll. The amount of funding awarded to each participating municipality is based on its number of hydrologically connected road miles and number of participating municipalities. This program was piloted in 2017-2018 and $2.1 million in aid were dispersed to 186 participating municipalities. In year 2 of the program (2018-2019), $2.6 million in aid were dispersed to 211 participating municipalities. Visit the Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Program webpage or contact your local regional planning commission for more information. The deadline to enroll in the 2018-2019 program was Friday, June 22, 2018.
Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Reporting Templates:
Support for statewide partner(s) to administer a program that will support the completion of design and implementation clean water improvement projects identified on the DEC Watershed Projects Database.
- Clean Water Design/Implementation Block Grant Year 2 Pilot: Information coming soon!
- 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
To support multiple woody buffer restoration projects along river corridors, floodplains, shorelands and wetlands.
- RFP coming soon!
Support for implementation of priority river corridor easements to reduce flood hazards, and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
- Release Date: May 11, 2018
- Application Due Date: June 25, 2018
- Request for Proposals
- 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.
- Clean Water Project Signs Guidance: The State of Vermont Legislature directed Vermont state agencies to post signs that identify clean water projects funded by the State of Vermont (Act 84 of 2017, Section 35a).
- 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 4/2/2018)
- Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template: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 (updated 4/2/2018).
- Riparian Buffer Planting Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template: This form is a required delieverable for all Ecosystem Restoration Grants that installed buffer planting(s) within the scope of their grant (updated 4/2/2018).
- Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Final Performance Report (best management practices): This form is a required deliverable for projects involving installation of road erosion control best management practices (updated 6/22/2018).
- Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Final Performance Report (equipment): This form is a required deliverable for projects involving purchase of equipment that supports installation of road erosion control best management practices (updated 6/22/2018).
- Project Closeout Checklist: This form is for use by Technical Project Managers (TPM's) at the closing of a grant to ensure all the required information was gathered to track and report on grant outcomes.