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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. The CWIP Funding Policy and accompanying State Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Plan is being updated and will be posted when final (anticipated in late-July 2019). To be notified when this is available and learn about upcoming grant opportunities, subscribe to CWIP's Grants Notification List. If you have questions, please contact Emily Bird.


Current Grant Opportunities

2020 River Corridor Conservation Easement Development and Implementation

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program is requesting services to implement priority river corridor easements. These easements are to target critical river corridor and floodplain property to allow for the restoration of channel stability over time to reduce flood hazards, improve water quality, and enhance riparian habitats. River corridor easements ensure no new structures or development within the river corridor, support passive restoration by restricting intervention of the river adjustment processes, and provide for the development of a riparian buffer of native woody vegetation.


Grant Applicant and Recipient 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. 


Past Grant Opportunities

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: TBD
    • ​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.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. 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 ANR.WSMDERP@vermont.gov
  • 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 

The State of Vermont released the Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP) in 2018 as part of the implementation milestones for the Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting proposals for a statewide entity or statewide network of regional entities to direct the Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid program, which provides funding to municipalities to implement “best management practices” (BMPs) on municipal roads ahead of the MRGP implementation schedule. The BMPs used to address water quality concerns on unpaved roads are among the most cost-effective actions to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution. Up to $3.6 million may be available for the implementation of the scope of work described in the request for proposals.

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.

Woody Buffer Block Grant

 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. 

  • Release Date: October 31, 2018
  • Application Due Date: December 19, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
  • Request for Proposals

Current Grant Opportunities

2020 River Corridor Conservation Easement Development and Implementation

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program is requesting services to implement priority river corridor easements. These easements are to target critical river corridor and floodplain property to allow for the restoration of channel stability over time to reduce flood hazards, improve water quality, and enhance riparian habitats. River corridor easements ensure no new structures or development within the river corridor, support passive restoration by restricting intervention of the river adjustment processes, and provide for the development of a riparian buffer of native woody vegetation.

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