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Watershed Grant Projects Funded by Conservation License Plate Sales

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

Projects must be watershed related and can include monitoring, education, conservation, recreation, and/or historic enhancement.

Who's eligible to apply? Municipal and regional organizations, educational and not-for-profit organizations can receive funding. State and federal governments are not eligible.

How are the grants awarded? A seven-member review committee, appointed by the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife, decides the grant awards. The committee members are individuals in the private sector who care about Vermont's watersheds. The committee members review and score all grant applications.

What are the criteria for scoring a grant?
  • Watershed Protection, Restoration, Enhancement - Projects should benefit the watershed either through:
    1. protecting or restoring the natural watershed values
    2. protecting or enhancing the cultural and recreational watershed values
    3. implementing solutions or actions specified in the Clean and Clear Program that are intended to reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation
  • Outreach and Education - Projects should include public outreach. They should also contribute new and useful information about the watershed to the local community.
  • Design Considerations and Planning - Projects should be consistent with municipal, regional, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and others plans, policies, and procedures.
  • Public Support and Involvement - Projects should be supported by the local community.
  • Cost Effectiveness - Projects should seek to minimize costs and leverage in-kind services (volunteer time, donations of services or equipment etc.) or other funds as appropriate.
For more information about the grant program or about applying for a grant click here.
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