Vermont Watershed Grant Application due Nov. 21

Vermont Watershed Grants up to $15,000, depending on project category type:

             - Education and outreach – up to $7,500

             - Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $5,000

             - On-the-ground implementation – up to $15,000

Application deadline is Friday, November 21, 2014.

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.

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

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 Ecosystem Restoration 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.

Funds from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program and the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program..