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Vermont Watershed Grants

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Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. The Program, co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

Persons can join our new mailing list to receive future announcements about the Watershed Grants Program. When you sign up to register, simply select "Watershed Grant Program announcements."

Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

Heavy equipment working on Wells River dam removal

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Clean Water Initiative objectives;
  • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
  • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
  • Educate people about watershed resources; or
  • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality.

Who May Apply

A dozen or so people working on a streambank restoration.Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive Watershed Grants for work on public or private lands. Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may be partners of a project. 

Funding Categories

Watershed Grant: 

Awards made up to $10,000, depending on project category type. Category types and the maximum grant amount for each project category type are as follows:

             - Education and outreach – up to $5,000
             - Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $3,500
             - On-the-ground implementation – up to $10,000

Watershed Grants Program dollars are intended for complete projects or for discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects. 

Application Information 

Grant awards are made on an annual cycle, with applications due in the fall of the year and funding decisions made the following mid-winter.

The 2019 Project Year grant application deadline is February 15, 2019. Persons interested in applying should consult and use the 2019 project year forms shown below. 

Completed applications should be emailed to with "2019 Watershed Grant Application" in the subject line.

A copy of the Grant Application Guide and the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting Chris Powers at (802) 485-7566.  

For information about administering and reporting on grants, please see the Administrative Guide