Announcements / Opportunities

Clean Water Funding Opportunities

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program has recently released three Requests for Proposals (RFP) for clean water funding, including Ecosystem Restoration Grants. Details are outlined below and posted on the Clean Water Initiative Grants webpage.

Ecosystem Restoration Grants support the design and construction of water pollution abatement and control projects that target nonpoint sources of pollution. See the DEC Watershed Projects Database for possible projects. All other projects included in applications must be added to the database prior to the application deadline. Proposed projects must be discussed with your regional Basin Planner.

  • Release date: May 23rd
  • Application due date: July 6th

A detailed application manual is available online and provides step-by-step instructions to apply for funding.

Ecosystem Restoration Grant applicants are also encouraged to attend or view the webinars being offered:

  • Thursday, May 25th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation on key changes to the RFP, including application types, project categories, and reporting processes, as well as a question and answer session. The presentation and webinar recording (YouTube) are now available online.
  • Tuesday, June 13th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Question and answer session for grant applicants. Partners can attend in-person in Montpelier (limited seating is available) or online via Skype for Business. For more information and to RSVP if attending in-person, please contact Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171.
Rumney School After

An Ecosystem Restoration Grant funded project at Rumney School in Middlesex, completed by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD), reduces stormwater runoff from the school grounds, which had caused erosion and sediment pollution in nearby Martin Brook. The project also serves as an outdoor classroom for students. (Photo Credit: WNRCD)

Rumney School Before

Before the project was installed.

Clean Water Block Grants support statewide partner(s) to administer completion of “construction-ready” clean water improvement projects identified on the DEC Watershed Projects Database “Go List.” RFP Questions and Answers are now posted online.

  • Release date: May 23rd
  • Application due date: June 5th

River Corridor Conservation Easement Grants support implementation of priority river corridor easements to reduce flood hazards, and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

  • Release date: May 11th
  • Application due date: June 21st

For more information on any of these grant opportunities, please contact Marli Rupe at (802) 490-6171.