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.
Below you will find all the resources needed to apply for or report on a grant, including:
- Grant Opportunities and Application Resources
- Final Reporting Resources
The Clean Water Initiative Program will be releasing multiple Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for clean water funding during the month of May. Details are outlined below.
Support for implementation of priority river corridor easements to reduce flood hazards, and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
- Release Date: May 11th
- Application Due Date: June 21st
- Request for Proposals
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 22nd
- Application Due Date: June 5th
- Request for Proposals (RFP)
- Multi-Sector Clean Water Block Grant RFP Questions and Answers
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 23rd
- Application Due Date: July 6th
- Application (Fillable Form)
- Application Manual (updated June 23, 2017): New guidance document with step-by-step instructions to apply for Ecosystem Restoration Grant funding.
- 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 June 26, 2017)
Ecosystem Restoration Grant Applicant Webinars/Workshops
Applicants are encouraged to attend one or both webinars in person in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier (limited seating is available) or online through Skype for Business.
- Thursday, May 25th, 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 Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171 by May 24th.
- Tuesday, June 13th, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Question and answer session for grant applicants. To attend in person, RSVP by email or call Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171 by June 12th.
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 Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171.
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 5th
- Press Release: State Announces Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Pilot Project
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Final Report Template
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
- Best Management Practice (BMP) reporting template A: This form is a required deliverable for all Ecosystem Restoration 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 Ecosystem Restoration 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 Ecosystem Restoration 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 Ecosystem Restoration Grants that installed buffer planting(s) within the scope of their grant.