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Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking project proposals

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY — The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) seeks project proposals for 2022 that will inform the public or provide citizen involvement activities designed to learn more about improving quality and ecosystems in the Lake Champlain watershed. 
The LCBP in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission has announced a Request for Proposals to address the tasks outlined in LCBP’s guiding document “Opportunities for Action.” The request for each project may range from $10,000-$50,000. Since 1992, LCBP has awarded more than $13.5 million to more than 1,400 projects in New York, Québec, and Vermont.
“Lake Champlain’s watershed faces many environmental issues, but we need to provide more opportunities for residents and visitors to lead stewardship activities which improve water quality, recreational access, and habitat,” said Colleen Hickey, LCBP Education and Outreach Coordinator. 
These education and outreach awards will provide funding to municipalities, watershed organizations and schools to complete larger boots-on-the-ground projects. 
“Hundreds of local residents and visitors may have opportunity to impact the future of Lake Champlain through these awards,” Hickey said.
Projects located in the New York, Québec, and Vermont portions of the Lake Champlain basin will be eligible for consideration in this grant opportunity. Grant guidelines and applications for each category can be found on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s website at lcbp.org/grants. Volunteer peer reviewers will evaluate the proposals and develop the funding recommendations for the Lake Champlain Steering Committee to consider. 
Electronic versions of proposals must be received by grants@lcbp.org no later than Feb. 1. Applicants will be notified in May and successful projects may begin in October.
The LCBP anticipates that these projects will be supported with funds awarded to NEIWPCC by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program. This Request for Education and Outreach Proposals is available at the Lake Champlain Basin Program website.
For further information about this proposal process, contact Hickey at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, Vermont 05458 or call (802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227.
 

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