Watershed grant program seeks applications

VERMONT — The 2021 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 by Feb. 5.
Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, nonprofits, 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 invasive species education, shoreline vegetation restoration, and the removal of old dams and replacement of culverts to improve fish passage.
For 2021, $60,000 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 and 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.
The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available on the web at The application process has changed from past years.

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