Grant Funding Available for Ecosystem Restoration Projects

Example of a Trees for Streams project in the Lake Memphremagog watershed.

Example of a Trees for Streams project in the Lake Memphremagog watershed.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) is pleased to announce the state fiscal year (SFY) 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants under the Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP). These grants are supported by capital construction funds contained in the fiscal year 2015 state budget. The ERP’s goal in awarding these grants is to restore and protect rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands from unregulated nonpoint source runoff and erosion containing nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) and sediment pollution.

The VTDEC anticipates this round to be the only opportunity to apply for 2015 ERP grants. Typical project budgets range between $10,000 and $75,000. Proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis. Funding for projects is contingent upon availability of Ecosystem Restoration and Protection Capital Construction funds, regional priorities described in Tactical Basin Plans, and regional diversity.

Vermont municipalities, regional organizations, non-profit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive Ecosystem Restoration Program grants. Individuals, for-profit entities, and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may partner with an eligible project sponsor.

All materials are due on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by 4:30 pm.