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Funding Sources


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VPIC Vermont Planning Information Collaborative offers a wealth of information on municipal planning and funding opportunities.


Funding for Natural Resource Inventories

 Municipal Planning Grant  Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs 

A state-funded program designed to support Vermont towns in their municipal planning and implementation efforts. No matching funds required. Grant applications are due once a year in September. The program funds technical assistance for town planning, implementation of plans and ordinances, encouragement of citizen participation and education, and innovative demonstration planning projects.

Website: Municipal Planning Grant

Partnership Program Grants Connecticut River Joint Commissions 

Closed for 2008

In support of innovative, community-generated projects that address economic and conservation challenges in ways that are compatible with the Connecticut River valley's historic, scenic, and natural resources.  For projects in the Connecticut River Basin

Website: Partnership Program Grants

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

P.O. Box 1057, 

Montpelier, VT 05601, 

New England Grassroots Environment Fund. 


Funding for education or research for town plan


Municipal Education Grant, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs 

The Municipal Education Grant program (MEG) provides municipalities with funds for training volunteer boards and commissions to help them perform their duties as defined under 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117. The fund is designed to bring trainers directly to the community so that all members of the land use boards and commissions have the opportunity for basic and on-going education.

Municipalities may apply for a grant of up to $800 any time before May 1, 2007. The state will reimburse the municipality for the grant amount after the training has taken place and expenses have been paid. This is a state-funded program run by the Municipal Land Use Education and Training Collaborative.  

Website: Municipal Education Grant

Municipal Planning Grant  Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs 

A state-funded program designed to support Vermont towns in their municipal planning and implementation efforts. No matching funds required. Grant applications are due once a year in September. The program funds technical assistance for town planning, implementation of plans and ordinances, encouragement of citizen participation and education, and innovative demonstration planning projects.

Website: Municipal Planning Grant


Wildlife Conservation Grants

State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

State Wildlife Grants support programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted and fished. Species of special conservation concern may be, but need not be limited to, species that that appear on federal or state Threatened and Endangered Species lists. Law requires that priority for use of State Wildlife Grant funds be placed upon those species with greatest conservation need, taking into consideration the relative level of funding available from other sources for the conservation of those species.

Species of greatest conservation need may be those that have declined in number and/or distribution, or species for which eminent threats exist. State Wildlife Grants have funded more than 40 programs in Vermont to date. These include: conservation research and recovery planning for spruce grouse, lake sturgeon, turtles, bats and freshwater mussels; terrestrial and aquatic habitat assessments; and preparation of planning and education documents. In many cases, these projects represent the first time a species or habitat has been examined or surveyed by professionals in Vermont .


Website: State Wildlife Grants


Funding for conservation projects 

Conservation Grant Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) 

Conservation of Natural Areas, Recreational Land, and Historic Properties:


In carrying out its mission, the Board funds projects that best provide quality recreation to Vermonters, preserve valuable access to the state's water resources, conserve wildlife and plant habitat, protect watershed and water quality, add value to Vermont's travel and tourism industries, and ensure the future stewardship of the state's natural resources. In addition to working with local and statewide nonprofit organizations on many projects, several VHCB conservation projects involve acquisitions by state agencies or towns. These properties become new state forests, parks, wildlife areas, or town recreational lands.

Website: Conservation Grant


Feasibility Fund Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) . 

For NRI of a specific project/parcel in anticipation of buying it, such as a prospective town acquisition, Then VHCB-funded Conservation Grant project later on. 


Conservation projects in the early stages of development are eligible for Feasibility Grants of up to $10,000 to cover the costs of appraisals, options, engineering and environmental studies, or other predevelopment costs. To apply: Request information on VHCB feasibility grants. Feasibility grants are considered on an ongoing basis by VHCB staff.


149 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05602


Website: Feasibility Fund

Landowner Incentive Program; Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department 

The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a federally funded program to protect and restore habitats on private lands to benefit species and natural communities determined to be at risk and in need of conservation. LIP funds are provided annually to state fish and wildlife agencies through a national competitive grant program administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Eligible lands are any that are not government owned. Species at risk includes any wildlife or plant identified by the State as in need of conservation. In Vermont , these include rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals. Eligible natural communities include all exemplary natural communities tracked by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Wildlife Diversity Program  

Although land throughout Vermont is eligible, land located in the Champlain Valley will be given a higher priority. These lands have been designated as geographical focus area for the first round of funding because many of Vermont 's most rare plant and animal species are associated with the Champlain Valley - the region of the state with the greatest concentration of human population and agricultural land use. The LIP Program's targets in the Champlain Valley include all significant natural communities and rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals. In addition, we have an additional focus on Valley Clayplain Forest and Sandplain Forests, the two most threatened communities in the Valley.


Jane Lazorchak

LIP Coordinator/Botanist

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

5 Perry St. Suite 40

Barre, VT 05641

(802) 476 - 0199



Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grants VT Department of Environmental Conservation Waste Management Division

The VT Department of Environmental Conservation Sites Management Section (SMS) will be providing targeted site assessments of brownfield properties throughout Vermont. Recipients will receive a Site Investigation Report (SI), conducted by one of the state contracted environmental consultants, which will describe any potential environmental contamination on the property and put forth recommendations for the next phase of investigation, if necessary.

Website: Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grants

Trees For Local Communities Cost-Share Grant Program Vermont Department of Forests Parks & Recreation Forestry Division

TLC Grants provide funds to communities for the purpose of developing and implementing local urban and community forestry programs.
Grants may be awarded to municipalities, community tree boards, local volunteer organizations, educational institutions, civic groups and approved nonprofit organizations.

Website: Trees For Local Communities Cost-Share Grant Program


Funding for Habitat Management Practices

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

WHIP has proven to be a highly effective and widely accepted program across the country. By targeting wildlife habitat projects on all lands and aquatic areas, WHIP provides assistance to conservation minded landowners who are unable to meet the specific eligibility requirements of other USDA conservation programs.

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 reauthorized WHIP as a voluntary approach to improving wildlife habitat in our Nation. Program administration of WHIP is provided under the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

Conservation Security Program


CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location.


Wetlands Reserve Program


The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.  The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.  This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.



Water Quality Grants

Water Quality Grants Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Water Quality Division

Funds are available for water-related projects that protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats; protect or restore river corridors and shorelines; control aquatic nuisance species; enhance recreational use and enjoyment; identify and protect historic and cultural resources; educate people about watershed resources; or monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality. 

Website: Water Quality Grants 


Transportation / Road Ecology

 Transportation Enhancement Program Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS)

This program enables 10% of the state's Surface Transportation Program (STP) highway funds to be used for enhancement activities along the highways. The program can be a funding source for such transportation-related activities as sidewalks, bike paths, historic preservation, environmental mitigation and more. Local authorities and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

 Website: Transportation Enhancement Program

The Vermont Byways Program

The Byways program is a source of federal transportation funds to assist with improvements related to either tourism or resource conservation. The federal funds can be used for road safety improvements, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, rest areas, shoulder improvements, recreation area investments, protecting cultural and historic resources along roads, and providing tourist information and interpretive facilities.

Website: The Vermont Byways Program



 Recreation Trails Grant Program (RTP)  administered by the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (FPR) in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT)  

Funds are available to municipal entities and non-profit organizations for:
Construction of new trails on state, municipal, and/or private lands;
Restoration of areas damaged by use of trails;
Maintenance on existing trails;
Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities;
Features which facilitate access to and use of trails by persons with disabilities;
Preparation & printing of trail related plans, studies, maps & other educational material;
Trail protection including fee simple or easement land acquisition;
Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment (small tool purchases).

Trail assessments for accessibility and maintenance

Trail safety and environmental protection education

Funds Available: Funds are subject to federal appropriation. It is anticipated that approximately $400,000 will be available for competitive grants for federal fiscal year 2007.

Website: Recreation Trails Grant



Ben and Jerry's Foundation,


Lintillac Foundation,


The Vermont Community Foundation


Freeman Foundation

Interests in Education; natural resource conservation and protection; food services; international affairs; international studies; and Asia. Grants range from $10,000-$250,000

499 Tabor Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672
ne: (802) 253-2853



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