Grants and Funding Opportunities

Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-In-Aid Program

The Aquatic Nuisance Control (ANC) Grant-in-Aid Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic invasive and nuisance species management programs. Funding for the ANC 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? 

ANC Grant in Aid 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

2021 ANC Grant-in-Aid Application Materials Are Now Available!

In 2021, VTDEC is piloting a new system for awards to decrease the administrative duties required by participants and VTDEC. The Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid Environmental Stewardship Program will establish a participating cost agreement to award funds based on a percentage of the final Total Project Costs. Applications must be submitted in electronic format (preferably pdf), clearly marked and emailed to VTDEC Grants Management Specialist at The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 26, 2021. For technical information or questions regarding the application please contact Kimberly Jensen, VTDEC Lakes & Ponds Technical Service Provider, at or (802) 490-6120.

An ANC Grant in Aid Environmental Stewardship Program Application Workshop will be held on Thursday February 11, 2021 from 10:00 am-11:30 am (not 9:00 am as was posted in the former version of the manual) via Microsoft Teams on-line meeting and applicants are strongly encouraged to participate. Questions about the ANC Grant in Aid Environmental Stewardship Program participating costs program will be answered through this forum. Meeting notes, questions, and answers will be provided to those that request it the following day.

2021 Aquatic Nuisance Control Environmental Stewardship Program Request for Proposals 

Please see the 2021 Grant-in-Aid Application Manual for guidance on filling out the application. (Using the Chrome browser may reduce computer glitches.) 

Submit proposal in electronic format preferably using the pdf fillable forms listed below in one merged document titled:

Town – Waterbody ANC2021 Grant in Aid Application; Example: Morristown – Lamoille ANC2021 Grant in Aid Application

Microsoft Word Application Documents (use only if necessary)

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 Manual and Request for Proposals.

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 Lake Champlain Basin are often available through the Lake Champlain Basin Program.


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