Grants and Funding Opportunities

Grant-In-Aid Program

The Grant-in-aid Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic invasive and nuisance species management programs. Funding for Grant-in-aid grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from motorboat registration fees and federal funds. This grant program has supported over 70 municipalities since 1994.

Who May Apply

The applicant must be a municipality. Local interest groups such as lake associations must apply through the municipality in which the waterbody is located. If the waterbody is located in more than one municipality, affected municipalities may but are not required to apply jointly.

Samples of invasive species labelled for presentation at a VT DEC Identification workshopWhat Types of Projects are Eligible

Grant awards are made to priority projects to the extent funds are available. First priority is to projects designed to manage new infestations of aquatic nuisances or to establish novel programs. Second priority is to projects to prevent or control the further spread of aquatic nuisance species. Third priority is to recurring maintenance projects.

The following criteria are also considered: public accessibility and recreational uses; importance to commercial, agricultural or other interests; the degree of local interest; local efforts to control aquatic nuisances; other considerations affecting feasibility, probability of achieving long-term control, and necessity or advantage of the proposed work; and the extent to which the control project is a developmental rather than a maintenance program.

Additional criteria considered in approving requests and determining the amount of any grant include: the use of the waters by persons outside the municipality in which the waters are located; the long-range effect of the control project; the recreational use of the waters; and the effectiveness of municipal shoreland zoning and other controls in minimizing or preventing existing or new development from having any adverse effects on the waters subject to the control program.

Greeter stand at Salem Lake, with greeter standing outside by informational sandwich boardsApplication Information

Grant awards are made on an annual cycle; typically, applications are available in December and due in February with funding decisions made in the spring. 

2020 Grant-in-Aid Application Materials Now Available!

Please see the 2020 Grant-in-Aid Application Manual for guidance on filling out the application.

Microsoft Word Application Documents

Funding Information

Municipalities may be awarded a grant for 75 percent or less of the total estimated project cost. Grant recipients must contribute at least 25 percent of the final eligible project cost through in-kind labor (unpaid personnel), in-kind services and/or actual cash expenditures (all from non-state sources). If federal funds are awarded, the match requirement may be greater than 25 percent.  Only in-kind match accrued in the grant project year is eligible. The amount of the final grant award will not exceed 75 percent of the final eligible project cost, or 100 percent of the final eligible project costs excluding in-kind costs, whichever is less.

Final Reporting Information

Grant award recipients are required to prepare and submit a project completion report.   Report requirements are outlined in the grant legal document under “deliverables” for each funded project.

For more information, contact Kimberly Jensen

Vermont Watershed Grants

Watershed grants are available to projects focused on protecting and restoring watersheds. These grant funds are available for water-related projects that focus on fish and wildlife habitat, enhance recreational use, educate people about water resources, or monitor fish or wildlife populations. Certain aquatic invasive species management efforts may qualify for such grants. See the Vermont Watershed Grants page for more information.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Grants for aquatic invasive species management programs within the Champlain basin are often available through the Lake Champlain Basin Program.


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