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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.

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.

Cost Effectiveness and Operation and Maintenance Standards of Clean Water Projects in Vermont

The Vermont DEC is requesting services to support implementation of the Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76). Services include establishing:

  1. Standard costs per clean water project output to inform formula dispersal of funds based on targets and performance; and
  2. Clean water project operation and maintenance (O&M) standards to ensure investments are effective and enduring.

Design and Construction of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) at Public Schools in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont (Green Schools Initiative)

The State of Vermont is developing a new stormwater general permit that will include sites with three or more acres of impervious surfaces to reduce phosphorus and sediment discharges from developed lands. Over 80 K-12 public schools may be affected and therefore would need to start complying with the permit requirements no later than 2023. This project will issue one or more Requests for Proposals for the assessment, preliminary design, final design and construction of GSI at schools in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont that are ready to proceed with meeting the stormwater General Permit 3-9050 requirements.

School Stormwater Permit Early Adoption through the Green Schools Program
The DEC is developing funding packages to support “early adopter” schools in the Lake Champlain Basin for compliance with the recently released stormwater permit. DEC is requesting information to assess schools’ interest in participating in an early adoption program and to help inform funding and project delivery details. DEC seeks to provide funding, pending availability, at no cost to the schools, on a readiness to proceed basis.

  • Release Date: October 10, 2019
  • Questions Due: October 25, 2019, 4:30 pm
  • Responses Due: November 8, 2019, 4:30 pm
  • Request for Information

Ecosystem Restoration Grants

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.
  • 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

Floodplain Restoration and Functional Assessment

The DEC is requesting services to create methodology and maps for the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont to quantify existing and potential floodplain functions related to water quality, habitats, and flood hazard mitigation. The resulting products are expected to support Act 76 implementation by helping to identify and track priority protection and restoration projects. The results will be made available through a web application accessible to watershed organizations and other natural resources restoration partners, including future Clean Water Service Providers.

Forest Land Analysis to Support Implementation of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog Restoration Plans

The DEC requesting services to conduct analyses that will build the technical framework for meeting the statutory requirements of the Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76) pertaining to forestlands. Services include:

  1. Identifying potential sources of forestland phosphorus and sediment loading in Vermont sections of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog basins, including critical source area identification
  2. Estimating the potential phosphorus and sediment reductions associated with forestland BMP implementation.
  • Release Date: October 7, 2019
  • Questions Due: October 16, 2019, 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Proposals Due: November 4, 2019, 4:00 pm
  • Request for Proposals

Using GSI (Green Stormwater Infrastructure) and Other Technologies to Reduce CSOs (Combined Sewer Overflows)

This project will employ new best management and technological approaches to reduce or improve the quality of stormwater runoff from developed lands that drain into or from combined sewer systems (CSS) areas. Activities for this project will include stormwater treatment practices a designed to treat runoff separated in conjunction with or after CSS separation projects or Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) remediation projects. This project will use technologies such as Smart Data Infrastructure/real time control (RTC) or Hydraulics and Hydrology (H&H) studies to inform RTC, roof disconnection surveys as well as associated green roofs, blue roofs or cisterns/alternate roof drain plumbing.