Clean Water
Matters!

The diverse ecosystems, working
landscapes, and vibrant communities
that inspire and sustain us depend on
clean water. Learn about pollution
reduction strategies.

Healthy Habitats
Connect Us All

Lakeshores, stream banks, and wetlands are critical to clean
water and biodiversity. Learn about efforts to improve
habitat connectivity in the Basin ecosystem.

We Care for
What We Know

Recreation fosters stewardship of the Basin’s rich
natural and cultural heritage by connecting people
to the landscape while supporting local economies.
Learn about ways to explore the Basin.

Informed Citizens
Make Wiser Choices

Citizens who have an understanding and
appreciation of water resources make informed
choices about actions that might contribute to
pollution. Learn about education programs.

    About Us

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    The world’s oldest known fossil reef containing coral is located in the Champlain Valley.
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    LCBP Requests for proposals

    Recording fish dataSince 1992, the LCBP has awarded more than 1,000 grants to local organizations to support a variety of pollution prevention, habitat restoration, and other projects that improve the quality of Lake Champlain. In that same time, the LCBP and its partner organizations also have funded numerous projects conducted by universities, consultants, research foundations, nonprofit organizations, and others. These projects include scientific research, best management demonstration projects, education and outreach efforts, and other initiatives that are key to implementing Opportunities for Action. Requests for Proposals for local implementation grants and technical projects are posted here periodically.

    View RFPs for Local Implementation Grants
    View RFPs for Technical Project Grants

    Local Implementation Grants

    2017 Local Implementation Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, is pleased to announce the 2017 Local Implementation Grant programs, including the following groups of grants:

    Grant Applications due November 15, 2017:

    • Education and Outreach Grants (up to $10,000 per award),
    • Organizational Support Grants (up to $4,000 per award),
    • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grants (up to $25,000 per award),
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per award),
    • Community Resilience Grants (up to $20,000 per award),

    Grant Applications due November 20, 2017:

    • CVNHP Local Heritage Grants (up to $2,500 for local or $5,000 per award for regional projects)
    • CVNHP Making of Nations Grants (up to $5,000 per award)

    Under this request, the LCBP anticipates awarding more than 50 grants, reflecting over $500,000 to support local community involvement in the implementation of the comprehensive management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. Funds to support these awards are anticipated from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

    The Grant Guidelines provide more information about how the grant program works, to help you prepare a competitive application. Application Forms are provided in the links below in Microsoft Word format. Please review all of the materials provided within the Grant Guidelines carefully before beginning your application. Organizations with existing LCBP-funded projects are eligible to apply for new funding only if all project deliverables and obligations under the existing and past awards are fully up-to-date and the projects are in good standing. All grant proposals that have a fieldwork component must provide some assurance that appropriate invasive species spread prevention measures will be included in the project design. Please follow the grant application instructions carefully.

    LCBP staff do not make award decisions and can assist applicants in interpretation of the RFP instructions and guidelines. Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff for assistance prior to the submission of project proposals; LCBP staff cannot provide guidance during the deliberation period. After projects are awarded, staff will be available to assist throughout their duration.

    All completed applications must be received electronically at grants@lcbp.org by the appropriate deadline indicated in the associated RFP. Paper copies of proposals will NOT be accepted. Award notifications should be expected by January 2018.

    If you would like to receive a printed or email version of these RFPs please contact us at 802-372-3213 or at grants@lcbp.org.

     

    Technical Project Grants

    Request for Technical Pre-Proposals to Implement Opportunities for Action

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in conjunction with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is pleased to announce a Request for Pre-Proposals for services to further the mission of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and address the tasks outlined in our guiding document, Opportunities for Action. The total request for each project may range from $25,000 to $300,000.

    The pre-proposal should be a two-page document to introduce the project, adhering to the format requirements below. After review of the submitted pre-proposals, a subset of applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal for funding consideration for projects to begin in early 2019 (see timeframe table in Section IV below). Pre-proposals not invited for full proposal consideration in this cycle may be revised and submitted for future funding opportunities. All awards are subject to available funding.

    LCBP seeks pre-proposals for projects that address any strategies outlined in Opportunities for Action. LCBP is particularly interested in funding projects that address the following priorities:

    1. Innovative pilot or demonstration projects that reduce nutrient loading to Lake Champlain
    2. Research or implementation projects that use LCBP-funded or other publicly available datasets to create outputs leading to improved water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin
    3.  Projects that improve diversity of native aquatic and riparian species in the Lake Champlain Basin (Opportunities for Action Strategy II.B.1; pages 37-38)
    4. Projects that research or control sources of contaminants in the Lake Champlain Basin (Opportunities for Action Strategy I.B.1; pages 28-29)

    We anticipate these projects will be supported with funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

    PRE-PROPOSAL DEADLINE NOTICE: Only electronic pre-proposals will be accepted and must be received by Kathy Jarvis at the Lake Champlain Basin Program by 4:30pm on November 8, 2017.

    LATE OR INCOMPLETE PRE-PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    If you are planning to apply, please notify Kathy Jarvis by November 1, 2017. A subset of applicants will be asked to provide a full proposal in December, 2017. The full proposal will be due eight weeks after this notification. Please see the full announcement below for more information.

    Download the Full Request for Technical Pre-Proposals

    New Technical Project Development Process
    In Fall 2017, the LCBP will begin using a new process to award many of our science and implementation grants. In the past, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) with a focused scope and budget have been issued to address specifically defined pre-determined priorities, and grants have been awarded to the strongest proposal submitted in response to the specific RFP. Moving forward, Requests for Pre-proposals will call for two-page summaries of potential projects that address any of the strategies in Opportunities for Action. A subset of pre-proposals will be chosen to develop and submit a full proposal for funding consideration by the Lake Champlain Steering Committee, and projects will be awarded based on the suite of full proposals. The aim is to tap into the creativity of the research and management community to solve the most pressing challenges in the Lake Champlain Basin.

    Please contact Matt Vaughan with questions.

     

    Best Management Practices for Pollution Reduction: Implementation and Planning Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects to develop and install large Best Management Practices for pollution reduction in the US-portion of the Lake Champlain Basin, and for projects to provide planning and prioritization for future on-the-ground interventions. Eligible projects for installation of best management practices might include innovative tasks for shoreline stabilization, green infrastructure project implementation, stormwater management projects, combined sewer overflow (CSO) reduction, or the purchase of equipment to be shared among entities. Eligible projects for planning and prioritization of interventions might include innovative green infrastructure planning at a municipal level, CSO reduction strategies, or watershed scale assessments and prioritizations. Up to $360,000 is available for supporting projects from this RFP. Projects for installation of best management practices should be scoped for $50,000 to $125,000; projects for planning and prioritization should be scoped to a budget under $50,000.

    This work is applicable to the Clean Water and Healthy Ecosystem goals of LCBP’s long-term management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. This grant opportunity is supported by funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

    This Request for Proposals is available for download. To receive a copy of the RFP via U.S. Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free at (800) 468-LCBP in New York and Vermont.

    Applicants must submit proposals in electronic format.

    DEADLINE NOTICE:
    Electronic versions (no facsimiles or hardcopies will be accepted) of proposals must be RECEIVED by grants@lcbp.org no later than 4:30pm EST on: December 21, 2017

    LATE, INCOMPLETE, or NON-ELECTRONIC PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Successful applicants will be notified by late February 2018. LCBP anticipates granting multiple awards from this RFP.

     

    Alternative & Innovative Phosphorus Load Reduction Projects for Agricultural Sources in the Lake Champlain Basin

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for alternative and innovative projects to address phosphorus load reduction priorities in the US-portion of the Lake Champlain Basin. Successful projects may range from innovative planning or farm management programs to installation of management practices demonstrated to be successful elsewhere that have not yet been widely explored or implemented in the Lake Champlain Basin. Up to $500,000 is available for supporting projects from this RFP. Proposals may be submitted in amounts up to $500,000 and may request funding for a discrete phase of a larger project to ensure ideas are not inhibited by level of funding available.

    This work is applicable to the Clean Water Goal of the LCBP’s long-term management plan – Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. This project is supported by funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) on behalf of the Lake Champlain Basin Program by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

    This Request for Proposals is available for download. To receive a copy of the RFP via U.S. Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free at (800) 468-LCBP in New York and Vermont.

    To facilitate the review process applicants must submit proposals in electronic format ONLY.

    DEADLINE NOTICE:

    Electronic versions of proposals must be RECEIVED by grants@lcbp.org no later than 4:30pm EST on:

    December 21, 2017

    LATE, INCOMPLETE, or non-electronic PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Successful applicants will be notified by late February 2018. Although LCBP reserves the right to make no awards, we anticipate granting one to four awards from this RFP.

     

    View a list of recently closed RFPs, or search our publications database to read the technical reports that have resulted from past projects.

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2015 State of the Lake report. Read about trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Read the State of the Lake report

    Volunteers

    Make Some Waves

    From using lake-friendly cleaning products to volunteering with a local watershed group, you can help restore and protect the Lake Champlain Basin. Find out how you can get involved

    Track Our Progress

    Track Our Progress

    Explore the goals and actions of our partners and track our progress online with the Opportunities for Action website. View Opportunities for Action

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