Lake Champlain Basin Program Seeks Local Grant Proposals

Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals for local grants to support the implementation of the long term management plan for Lake Champlain, Opportunities for Action. The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 50 local grants totaling up to $650,000. Funding for these awards originates from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the National Park Service through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program’s 2014 Local Implementation Grant programs will include:

  • 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), and
  • Local Water Trail Development Grants (up to $7,500 per grant).


Since 1992, the LCBP has awarded more than $5.20 million to 832 projects in New York and Vermont through competitive Local Implementation Grants. Funded projects cover all actions in the Plan, including phosphorus reduction, prevention of the spread of nuisance species, public education and outreach, and restoration of important cultural heritage sites.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has been instrumental in securing the funds to make these grants possible. Senator Leahy said, “I am proud that once again this year the Basin Program is able to add to the millions of dollars in support that it has provided to local organizations and towns working on Lake Champlain issues. Some of the best and most cost-effective work to protect and restore the resources of the Lake Champlain region gets done at the local level. These organizations struggle constantly for even small amounts of funding, however, which is why I have worked for decades to help sustain the Local Partnership Grant Programs.”

The deadline for submitting LCBP grant proposals is November 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Grant guidelines and applications for each category are found on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s website at

For further information about these grant opportunities or to obtain hard copies of the guides and applications, please contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458 or call at (802) 372-3213 or call (800) 468-5227.


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