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Vermont Watershed Grants


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Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program.  The Program, co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

Groton dam removal


Removal of the old Franconia Paper Company Dam in 2014 located on the Wells River in Groton.


Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats;
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Clean Water Initiative Program objectives;
  • 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.

  • Who May Apply



    Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive Watershed Grants for work on public or private lands. Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may be partners of a project.

    Planting willows


    Volunteers plant willows in 2014 as part of a streambank

    restoration project on the New Haven River in Bristol

    Funding Categories

    Watershed Grant: 

    Awards made up to $10,000, depending on project category type. Category types and the maximum grant amount for each project category type are as follows:

                 - Education and outreach – up to $5,000

                 - Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $3,500

                 - On-the-ground implementation – up to $10,000

    Watershed Grants Program dollars are intended for complete projects or for discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects.

    Application Information

    Grant awards are made on an annual cycle, with applications due in the fall of the year and funding decisions made the following mid-winter.

    The 2016 Project Year grant application deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015. Persons interested in applying should consult and use the 2016 project year forms shown below.

    The online application for the Vermont Watershed Grant is available here.

    A copy of the Grant Application Guide, the Administrative Guide or the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.

    Persons can join our new mailing list to receive future announcements about the Watershed Grants Program. When you sign up to register, simply select ’Watershed Grant Program announcements.’

    Updated: October 2015


    VT DEC Watershed Management Division 1 National Life Drive, Main 2  Montpelier, VT  05620-3522  Tele: 802-828-1535   Fax: 802-828-1544


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