The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is a joint project of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The program is funded by sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plate. The program has funded over 300 watershed projects statewide dating back to 1998.
For the 2014 program, $100,000 is available to fund three categories of projects. The three categories of project types and the maximum amount for each project type are: education and outreach ($7,500), planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring ($5,000) and on-the-ground implementation ($15,000).
Grant funding is available to non-profits and local and regional government agencies within Vermont on a competitive basis for complete projects or specific portions of larger projects that protect the integrity of the state’s surface waters. Eligible projects include environmental protection, watershed education, enhancement of recreational waters, and other projects that help contribute to the protection, restoration, and enjoyment of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands.