The 2024 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for projects that protect, restore and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, including Vermonters’ ability to understand and enjoy these treasures.  Applications are due no later than Wednesday February 7, 2024.

Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups.  Projects that seek to directly protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitat are strongly encouraged.  Examples of past funded projects include streamside vegetation restoration, the removal of old dams and replacement of culverts to improve fish passage.

For 2024, $70,000 is available to fund three categories of projects.  The three categories and the maximum amount for each project type are: education and outreach ($5,000), planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring ($3,500) and on-the-ground implementation ($10,000).

Vermont Watershed Grants Program is a joint project of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.  It was established by legislature and funded by sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plate.

“When Vermonters purchase a Conservation License Plate, they are helping to protect healthy streams and lakes as well as conserving wildlife and important habitats for future generations,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick.  “Proceeds from the sale of Conservation License Plates fund the Watershed Grants program and help support the Fish and Wildlife Department’s Nongame Wildlife Fund.”

The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available on the web at: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/get-involved/apply-for-a-grant/watershed-grant   Please note that the application location has changed from past years.

Information to obtain the Vermont Conservation License Plate is available on the Department of Motor Vehicles website: https://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/license-plates/specialty-plates#conservation