Ecosystem Restoration Grants

The Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program funds 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, non-profit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive grants. 

Stay informed of Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program opportunities when they become available by subscribing to the Clean Water Initiative Program's Grants Notification List. 

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

Current Opportunities

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is anticipating to release a Request for Proposals for Ecosystem Restoration Grant funding in early to mid-May, with applications due in mid-June.

Changes to the RFP include a more streamlined, simpler application; improved process for sharing performance measures for tracking project progress and associated water quality improvements; and an opportunity for packaging projects into a single application. Similar to last round’s partnership grants, the packaged grants will allow applicants to bundle up to five projects in one application, but this time with no geographic limitation or required partners. Projects must be the same sector (e.g., stormwater) and same step (e.g., final design or implementation). 

Also, 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 database 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 Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171.

Grant Workshops

DEC will be hosting a webinar in early to mid-May to discuss the upcoming grant round and minor changes to the RFP, which are intended to provide applicants more flexibility and to streamline the grant application, review, and reporting processes. The webinar originally scheduled on May 4th has been postponed 1 - 2 weeks to accomodate a delay in the anticipated RFP release date. A new date/time will be announced as soon as possible. Partners will be able to attend the webinar in person (seating is limited) or online through Skype for Business (directions on how to attend via Skype for Business are posted online). The webinar will also be recorded and available for viewing on the Clean Water Initiative YouTube page

For more information and to RSVP, email or call Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171.

Application Resources

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 ERGP grant agreements- are below.