The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife have announced Watershed Grants for 2023. Click here to read more about this grant program.

From the website:

Since its creation in 1998, the Vermont Watershed Grant Program has supported the protection, restoration, enhancement, and public appreciation of Vermont’s lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. The grant program also supports efforts to improve surface water quality in keeping with stated habitat improvement objectives. The program provides grants to towns, nonprofit organizations and community groups with specific watershed projects.

Projects must be watershed related and can include monitoring, education, conservation, recreation, or historic enhancement. Some specific examples include:

  • Protecting or restoring fish and wildlife habitats;
  • Protecting or restoring water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reducing phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Clean Water Initiative objectives;
  • Enhancing recreational use and enjoyment;
  • Identifying and protecting historic and cultural resources;
  • Educating people about watershed resources; or
  • Monitoring fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality.

Awards are made up to $10,000, depending on the 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, and 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.

The 2023 Project Year grant application deadline is February 8, 2023. Please see the grant website for more information, and how to apply.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Watershed Grant photo