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
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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

    Did You Know?

    Anglers spent $205 million on goods related to fishing Lake Champlain in a year, according to a 2000 recreation and tourism study.
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    Closed LCBP RFPs

    Local Implementation Grants

    2016 Local Implementation Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, is pleased to announce the 2016 Local Implementation Grant programs, including the following groups of grants:

    • 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 $20,000 per award)
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per award)

    The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 50 grants, reflecting over $750,000 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 (plan.lcbp.org). Funds to support these awards are anticipated from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

    The Grant Guidelines (MS Word) provide more information about how the grant program works, to help you prepare a competitive application. Application Forms are provided 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.

    Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff for assistance prior to the preparation of project proposals. LCBP staff do not make award decisions and can assist applicants in interpretation of the RFP instructions and guidelines. 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 early 2017.

    If you would like to receive a printed or email version of this RFP, or if you would prefer not to receive these notices from the LCBP, please contact us at 802-372-3213 or at grants@lcbp.org.

    Application Forms:

    Grant Applications due October 27, 2016:

    Grant Applications due December 15, 2016

     

    FY2015 Local Implementation grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to announce the 2015 Local Implementation Grant programs, including the following two groups of grants:

    1. Grant Applications due August 28, 2015: *Closed

    • Organizational Support Grants* (up to $4,000 per award),
    • Local Heritage Grants* (up to $5,000 per award),
    • Conservation and Community Grants* (up to $5,000 per award).

    2. Grant Applications due September 24, 2015*Closed

    • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grants* (up to $20,000 per award),
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants* (up to $15,000 per award),
    • Flood Resilience & Climate Change* (up to $20,000 per award),
    • Impervious Surface Management in Schools* (up to $20,000 per award),
    • Watershed Organization Support for Road Maintenance* (up to $20,000 per award),
    • Education and Outreach Grants* (up to $10,000 per award).

    Leahy 2015 local grant categories

    The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 80 grants, reflecting over $1 million 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 plan.lcbp.org. Funds to support these awards are anticipated from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

    Grant Guidelines (MS Word) provide more information about how the grant program works, to help you prepare a competitive application. Application Forms are posted 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.

    Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff for assistance prior to the preparation of project proposals. LCBP staff do not make award decisions and can assist applicants in interpretation of the RFP instructions and guidelines. All completed applications must be received electronically at the LCBP office in Grand Isle by the appropriate deadline indicated in the associated RFP. Paper copies of proposals will not be accepted. Award notifications are expected by late November 2015 (October for CVNHP and the Organizational Support grants).

    If you would like to receive a printed or email version of this RFP, or if you would prefer not to receive these notices from the LCBP, please contact us at 802-372-3213 or at grants@lcbp.org.
    Application Forms:

    Grant Applications due August 28, 2015:
    *Closed

    Grant Applications due September 24, 2015:

    • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grant Application: (MS Word)
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grant Application: (MS Word)
    • Flood Resilience & Climate Change Application: (MS Word)
    • Impervious Surface Management in Schools Grant Application: (MS Word)
    • Watershed Organization Support for Road Maintenance Grant Application: (MS Word)
    • Education and Outreach Grant Application: (MS Word)

     

    2014 Local Implementation Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to announce the 2014 Local Implementation Grant programs, including:

    • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grants (up to $20,000 per grant),
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per grant),
    • Education and Outreach Grants (up to $7,500 per grant),
    • Organizational Support Grants (up to $4,000 per grant),
    • Local Water Trail Development Grants (up to $7,500 per grant).

    The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 50 grants, reflecting $650,000 to support local community involvement toward the implementation of the comprehensive management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. Grant funds are provided to LCBP by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

    Application Forms are provided in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats, for your convenience.

    • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grant Application: (PDF | MS Word)
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grant Application:(PDF | MS Word)
    • Education and Outreach Grants (PDF | MS Word)
    • Organizational Support Grants (PDF | MS Word)
    • Local Water Trail Development Grant Application: (PDF | MS Word)

    Grant Guidelines provide more information about how the grant program works, to help you prepare a competitive application. 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 refer carefully to the grant application instructions for guidance.

    Applicants are encouraged to contact LCBP staff for assistance prior to the preparation of project proposals. LCBP staff do not make award decisions but can assist applicants in interpretation of the RFP instructions and guidelines. Completed applications must be received electronically at the LCBP office in Grand Isle by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. NEW in 2014: paper copies of proposals will not be accepted. Award notifications are expected by December 31, 2014.

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

     

    2013 Local Implementation Grant programs

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to announce the 2013 Local Implementation Grant programs, including:

    • Pollution Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per grant),
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per grant),
    • Education and Outreach Grants (up to $7,500 per grant), and
    • Organizational Support Grants (up to $3,000 per grant).

    The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 30 grants, reflecting nearly $315,000 in the program budget, to support local community involvement toward the implementation of the comprehensive management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. Grant funds are anticipated through existing or imminent agreements with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    Application Forms are provided in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats, for your convenience.

    • Pollution Prevention Grant Application: (PDF | MS Word)
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grant Application: (PDF | MS Word)
    • Education and Outreach Grants (PDF | MS Word)
    • Organizational Support Grants (PDF | MS Word)

    Grant Guidelines provide more information about how the grant program works, to help you prepare a competitive application. 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 refer carefully to the grant application instructions for guidance.

    Please contact us at the LCBP office for assistance as you begin to develop your project. Because LCBP staff do not make award decisions, we can help you interpret the application instructions and guidelines. Completed applications must be received at the LCBP office in Grand Isle by 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2013. We hope to announce award decisions in early January 2014.

    CVNHP Local Heritage Grants
    The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) issues this Request for Proposals for local heritage grants focused on youth and students in the CVNHP region. The CVNHP/LCBP will provide grants of up to $2,500 for projects that involve active participation from youth and students in the research and interpretation of local heritage, and the creation of new artistic expressions of local history and culture through fresh perspectives and/or new technology. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: up to $30,000

    The meanings of local cultural and natural heritage will be showcased to new audiences through research, interpretation, music, dance, writing, visual arts, and social media. Grants may include transportation costs associated with bringing youth and student groups together to the extent that it is necessary to complete the activities described in the grant workplan. In addition to the $2,500 grants, the CVNHP may provide grants of up to $5,000 for regional or state-wide organizations that focus on multiple communities, rather than a single community. In all cases, an emphasis will be placed on local natural and cultural heritage projects and programs that build a “sense of place” for young people.

    Grant Guidelines

    Grant Application (PDF | MS Word)

    Deadline for Submission: 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2013

    CVNHP Commemoration Grants
    The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) issues this Request for Proposals for local heritage grants to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The CVNHP/LCBP will provide grants of up to $5,000 to promote additional research and interpretation of these conflicts, to promote the anniversaries and support bicentennial/sesquicentennial programs and events. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: up to $50,000

    The events leading to the War of 1812, the military activities during the conflict, and the Battle of Plattsburgh had profound effects on the communities along Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. The war had lasting political, social and economic implications for the United States and Canada in places far from the battlefields. Some of those implications let to and affected the events associated with the American Civil War, which also had profound effects on the people and communities of the Champlain Valley.

    Historic sites, re-enactors, learning institutions, and state/provincial and local governments are working together to mark the anniversaries of the conflicts—commemorating the wars and examining their lasting effects, including a celebration of the 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada. The 2014 CVNHP Commemoration Grants will provide resources to these organizations and municipalities to mark the anniversaries and develop new research and interpretation on the conflicts.

    Grant Guidelines

    Grant Application (PDF | MS Word)

    Deadline for Submission: 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2013

     

    2012 LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS

    • Grant Announcement Letter
    • Grant Guidelines – Guidelines for all of the following categories of Local Implementation Grants
    • Pollution Prevention (MS Word|PDF)– Up to $15,000 to support technical projects which address pollution prevention priorities in the management plan, Opportunities for Action. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: up to $100,000.
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention (MS Word|PDF) – Up to $15,000 to support technical projects which address invasive species spread prevention priorities in the management plan, Opportunities for Action. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: up to $100,000.
    • Shoreline Protection and Habitat Conservation (MS Word|PDF) – Up to $10,000 to support projects that address shoreline protection and habitat conservation in the Lake Champlain Basin. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: up to $100,000.
    • Education & Outreach (MS Word|PDF)– Up to $7,500 for projects that increase students and/or adults awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to Lake Champlain issues. Total amount of funding available for this grant category: $150,000.

     

    Technical Projects

    Alternative & Innovative Tributary phosphorus load reduction projects from agricultural sources in the St. Albans Bay watershed [Closed 1/5/17]

    Best Management Practices for Pollution Reduction: Implementation and Planning Grants [Closed 1/5/17]

    High Resolution Land Use/Land Cover Mapping for the Lake Champlain Basin [Closed 11/1/16]

    Assessment of Tile Drainage System Impacts to Lake Champlain and Phosphorus Loads in Tile Drainage Water in the Jewett Brook Watershed of St. Albans Bay [Closed 1/22/16]

    Urban Stormwater Green Infrastructure Upgrade Guidance and Training [Closed 1/15/16]

    Increasing Agricultural Engineering Capacity for Project Implementation in the Lake Champlain Basin [Closed 12/10/15]

    Development of Advanced Flood Recovery and River Management Training Modules [Closed 12/5/2014]

    Economic Value of Surface Water Resources within the New York and Vermont Segments of the Lake Champlain Basin [Closed 10/1/2013]

    Municipal-Level Assessment of the Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits of River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Programs in the Lake Champlain Basin [Closed 8/20/2013]

    Facilitation of the Development of a Structured Decision-Making Process for the Lake Champlain Basin Program [Closed 7/10/2013]

    Aerial Cover Crop Seeding in the Lake Champlain Basin [Closed 1/18/2013]

    Stormwater Infrastructure Inventory, Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment and Identification and Demonstration of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Retrofit Opportunities for the New York Portion of the Lake Champlain Basin  [Closed 1/18/2013]

    Impervious Area Mapping for the Lake Champlain Basin – New York and Québec Sectors [Closed: 5/16/12]

    New York Better Back Roads Program [Closed: 5/16/12]

    Quantifying the extent and effect of shoreline development on littoral habitat in Lake Champlain [Closed: 12/15/10]

    Survival and Dispersal of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass following Catch-and-release Tournament Angling in Lake Champlain [Closed: 12/15/10]

    Assessing Fish Passage and Connectivity in a Lake Champlain Tributary [Closed: 12/15/10]

    A Synoptic Assessment of Mercury and Re-evaluation of PCBs in Lake Champlain Fishes – Northeast Regional TMDL Phase II Reassessment [Closed: 12/15/10]

    Water Quality Improvement Grants for Agricultural Operations in the Southern Lake Champlain Watershed [Closed: 10/21/10]

    Targeted Watershed Implementation Initiative Development of Farm-Specific Action Plans [Closed: 7/30/10]

    Climate change projections and impact on the hydrologic regime of Lake Champlain tributaries [Closed: 5/7/10]

    Road drainage network impacts to Lake Champlain water quality [Closed: 5/3/10]

    Determining the contribution of internal phosphorus loading to Missisquoi Bay [Closed: 3/5/10]

    Identifying Critical Source Areas of Phosphorus Pollution [Closed: 3/5/10]

    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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