Partner Grants

Many of the LCBP’s partners offer grants and funding opportunities. Please visit the appropriate web pages for additional information. For information on LCBP funding opportunities, visit the LCBP RFPs page.

CURRENT GRANTS

There are not partner grants available at this time.

ONGOING GRANTS

Watershed Environmental Assistance Program

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to invite Letters of Request for Watershed Restoration Projects in the Lake Champlain Basin. Rather than cash awards, this program is for awards of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers services. Any municipal entity, state or interstate agency, Native American nation, or qualifying non-profit organization within the Lake Champlain Watershed is eligible.

About the Program

In December 2000, Public Law #106-541, the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000) was signed by the President. Section 542 of WRDA 2000 authorized the Secretary of the Army to establish a program for providing environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in the Lake Champlain Watershed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Congress is authorized to appropriate up to $20,000,000 to carry out this program; funds will remain available until fully expended. The goal of the Lake Champlain Watershed Environmental Assistance Program is to provide assistance with planning, designing and implementation of large scale projects that protect and enhance water quality, water supply, ecosystem integrity and other water related issues within the watershed. The LCBP is the administrative partner of the USACE to implement this program under the terms of the General Management Plan.

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Current Projects


CLEAN VESSEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CVAP)

EFC & US Fish & Wildlife announce $1.1 million in new grants now available for boater pumpout stations. Funding is currently available and applications will be continuously accepted.

The Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP) is a federally funded program that provides grants to marinas for the installation, renovation, and replacement of pumpout stations for the removal and disposal of recreational boater septic waste.

CVAP provides up to 75% of eligible project costs up to $60,000 to marinas, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for installing pumpout boats and up to $35,000 for installing or upgrading stationary pumpout units or upgrading pumpout boats. Additional CVAP grants are also available for the operation and maintenance of pumpout facilities, as well as educational projects that address the benefits, use, and availability of pumpout stations. For more information on CVAP Grant Opportunities, please visit the modules below.

CVAP grants are federally funded through the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and administered by New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

Clean Vessel Act funding is supported through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund and your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels.

Applications for the new funding are available at www.efc.ny.gov/CVAP or by calling (518) 402-7461.


VERMONT WATERSHED GRANTS PROGRAM

Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. The Program in turn then distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds  derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats;
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Ecosystem Restoration Program objectives;
  • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
  • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
  • Educate people about watershed resources; or
  • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality

Application Information

A copy of the Grant Application Guide, the Administrative Guide or the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.


US EPA CATALOG OF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION

The US EPA’s Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection website is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. To view the website, visit www.epa.gov/watershedfunding.


 

USFWS PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funds to landowners to restore and protect streamside and wetland habitat, particularly in agricultural areas. The program helps landowners construct streamside fencing and plant or maintain streambank vegetation. For more information, contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Lake Champlain Ecosystem Team) at (802) 872-0629.


FEDERAL AND STATE AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

The US Department of Agriculture administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides cost-share funds to implement a variety of conservation measures on agricultural lands. For more information, contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Judy Doerner (802) 951-6795 (Vermont) or Anthony Esser (315) 477-6536 (New York). The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets (802/828-2431) also administers an agricultural cost-share program which can be used to supplement federal funds.


 

NEW YORK STATE ENVIRONMENTAL BOND ACT/ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND

Supports nonpoint source pollution control projects. For more information, call either the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (518) 457-0635 or the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee at (518) 481-6121.

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