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.

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

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.

  • Anticipated Release Date: July 16, 2018 
  • Next review deadline: Due September 10, 2018 (applications must be received by 4:30 pm)
  • Request for Proposals is available on the Vermont Department of Economic Development Bid System (EBB):
  • 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.
  • 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 and answers will be posted 8/27/18.  
  • Ecosystem Restoration Grant Applicant Training
    • ​Friday August 3, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm at The Pavillion (109 State Street, Montpelier): The Clean Water Initiative Program is holding 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). An agenda, Skype Link and additional details will be posted by mid-July. To attend in person, RSVP by email to Allison Compagna by August 1st​. 
    • For information on previous trainings see the links below

Clean Water Partnership Grants


  • Release Date: September 3, 2018
  • Application Due Date: October 15, 2018
  • Request for Proposals (will be posted September 3, 2018)


Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Program

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:

Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Final Performance Report (best management practices)
Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Final Performance Report (equipment)

    Clean Water Block Grants

    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!


    Ecosystem Restoration Woody Buffer Block Grant Pilot

     To support multiple woody buffer restoration projects along river corridors, floodplains, shorelands and wetlands. 

    • RFP coming soon!

    Prior Grant Opportunities

    Block Grant for River Corridor Conservation Easements

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



    Other Funding Opportunities

    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.