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.
Below you will find all the resources needed to apply for or report on a grant, including:
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.
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.
- Example Request for Proposal (RFP) / Application - This was the RFP and application for the "2017 Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program-Round 2" Grant round. This document is posted only as a resource. Note that this application was CLOSED as of October 25, 2016.
- Frequently Asked Questions Grants Guidance Document - Guidance document on applying for ERGP funding. This document is updated at the beginning of every new grant round.
- Ecosystem Restoration Performance Standards (Excel File) - A guide to help applicants and grantees develop high quality and successful grant applications.
- Ecosystem Restoration Design Terminology and Guidance Document - A reference for definitions of design completion levels and expected deliverables for design projects.
- Standard State Provisions - A link to the current Attachment C in grant agreements
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.
- Other Grant Agreement Provisions (Attachment D in grant agreements) - Explains the ERGP performance reporting requirements, required deliverable for project identification, and required deliverable for outreach activities.
- Final Performance Report Template (Attachment E in grant agreements) - The grant-level performance reporting template
- Outreach Tracking Instructions and link to reporting form - This form is a requirement for all outreach activities conducted within the scope of an ERGP grant.
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template A - This form is a required deliverable for all ERGP grants that implemented a bioretention area, extended dry detention pond, grass swale, gravel wetland, sand filter, and/or wet pond within the scope of their grant.
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template B - This form is a required deliverable for all ERGP grants that implemented an infilration trench, surface infiltration project, and/or porous pavement with subsurface infiltration within the scope of their grant.
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template C - This form is a required deliverable for all ERGP grants that implemented porous pavement with an under-liner and underdrain within the scope of their grant.
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template D - This form is a required delieverable for all ERGP grants that installed buffer planting(s) within the scope of their grant.