Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) seeks project proposals for 2023 that will inform the public or provide community engagement activities designed to learn more about improving water quality and ecosystems in the Lake Champlain watershed. The LCBP in partnership with NEIWPCC is pleased to announce 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 $15,000 – $50,000. Since 1992, LCBP has awarded more than $17 million to support more than 1,500 projects in New York, Québec, and Vermont.
“Lake Champlain’s watershed offers many opportunities for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy high-quality waterways, recreational access, and special habitats,” said Colleen Hickey, LCBP Education and Outreach Coordinator. “These education and outreach awards will provide funding to municipalities, watershed organizations, and schools to complete boots-on-the-ground projects, helping hundreds of children and adults improve their knowledge and understanding of Lake issues. These grants can help people commit to making both backyard and community improvements which will benefit water quality downstream.”
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 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. Only Microsoft Word-compatible submissions will be accepted and must be submitted no later than 12pm (noon) EST on January 21, 2022 via the online form at this link. Applicantswill be notified in May 2022 and successful projects may begin after October 1, 2022. Late or incomplete will not be considered. Applicants should note that LCBP also recently issued a similar grant competition for smaller projects to be initiated in spring 2022. That grant opportunity closes January 14, 2022.
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.
For further information about this proposal process, contact Colleen Hickey at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, Vermont 05458 or call (802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The program works in partnership with federal agencies, state and provincial agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, local communities, businesses, and citizen groups. NEIWPCC—a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality—serves as the primary program administrator of LCBP at the request of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee and administers the program’s personnel and finances. LCBP is a program partner of NEIWPCC. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.