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Clean Water Initiative Program Grant Opportunities

The Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) provides funds in the form of grants and contracts to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands.

Our grant programs are funded through a combination of state and federal funds. The Clean Water Fund, Capital Fund, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Champlain Basin Program TMDL Implementation funds support these grant opportunities.

Open Grant Opportunities:
2021 Design and Implementation Block Grant Open Round

The Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC) is pleased to announce a fifth round of grant funding under the Design/Implementation Block Grant (DIBG) Program. Funding is provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program and shall be used to support state-wide improvement of surface water quality.
MARC seeks proposals from eligible applicants throughout the State of Vermont to support preliminary (30%) engineering design, final (100%) engineering design, and implementation of projects with a primary purpose of sediment and nutrient pollution reduction to surface waters. Please see the FY21 Clean Water Initiative Program Funding Policy for eligibility requirements and other pertinent information. Please direct all inquiries regarding this opportunity to

  • Release Date: September 10, 2021
  • Full Project Applications Due: October 18, 2021, 4:30 pm
  • View Grant Guidelines

Please Note: DEC has awarded DIBG awards to 3 entities: WUV, the Natural Resources Conservation Council (NRCC) and Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC). The funding requirements are the same for all entities, though the application and grant administration process may vary somewhat. All three entities will have or already have had grant rounds this year. For administration purposes, all three entities encourage that NRCDs apply to NRCC, watershed groups apply to WUV and municipalities apply through MARC, but all eligible entities can apply through any DIBG grant holder. WUV, NRCC and MARC will coordinate on grant rounds, project applications, and remaining funding. 

2022 Partnership Project Development Block Grant

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) is requesting proposals to manage a competitive Project Development Block Grant program that will support the expansion of water quality improvement projects and help the State meet upcoming obligations of the Clean Water Service Delivery Act (Act 76 of 2019). Selected grantees (“block grantees”) will solicit proposals to sub-grant funding to project developers and then oversee these sub-agreements. Up to $600,000 is available to support project development of any eligible non-regulatory project type, defined in the CWIP SFY 2021 Funding Policy. DEC expects to award roughly 5 agreements under this Request for Proposals (RFP). Minimum grant size is $60,000, but larger requests are strongly encouraged. Applicants may propose specific geographic regions or the entire state when describing their proposed block grant program. Eligible Project Development activities are outlined in the RFP.