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Ecosystem Restoration and Other Clean Water Grants

The Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) 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, nonprofit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive grants. 

The CWIP Ecosystem Restoration Funding Policy (February 21, 2019) 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:

Stay informed of grant opportunities when they become available by subscribing to the CWIP's Grants Notification List.

Ecosystem Restoration Grants and Application Resources

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: February 15, 2019
  • Next Review Deadline: Due March 18, 2019 (applications must be received by 4:00 pm). Please note: This grant round will include remaining FY19 funds and estimated FY20 funds (see RFP). 
    • ​New! For Ecosystem Restoration Grants, there is now the opportunity to submit an application by the early submittal date for 'administrative review' by the DEC Business Office. The early submittal date is March 11, 2019 4pm EST. This opportunity allows applicants to have their application reviewed for administrative completeness (eligibility to move forward for review). If the application is found ineligible, the applicant will receive feedback and have the opportunity to resubmit by the final due date of March 18, 2019 4pm EST. Detailed information found in the Application Manual (below).

  • Request for Proposals 
  • Ecosystem Restoration Grant RFP Questions and Answers: FY2019 ERP RFP question and answer period is from 2/15/19 to 3/1/19. Questions must be submitted via
  • ERP Grants Training: Tuesday February 19, 2019, 1:00-3:00 PM. Located at the Agency of Transportation Dill Building Conference Room. Copy of the presentation
Application Resources
Clean Water Partnership Grants

Partnership Project Development Block Grant

Partnership Grants and Contracts Block Grant (Work Crew/Train the Trainer)

FY19 Round 2 - Work Crew Only

FY19 Round 1 - Work Crew/Train the Trainer

Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid 

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)

    Design & Implementation Block Grant

    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.

    • Release Date: February 25, 2019
    • Proposals Due: April 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST
    • Request for Proposals
    • Questions will be accepted via until Monday March 18th 4pm EST. Questions and answers will be posted to this webpage by Tuesday March 26, 2019.

    Ecosystem Restoration Woody Buffer Block Grant Pilot

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

    River Corridor Conservation Easements Block Grants

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

    • Release Date: January 8, 2019
    • Application Due Date: February 22, 2019, 4:00 pm EST
    • Request for Proposals
    Prioritization Mapping to Restore Stream and Floodplain Connectivity in the Lake Champlain Basin

    Support for the development of methodology and maps for the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont to quantify existing and potential stream and floodplain connectivity. 

    Grants 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.