LCBP Requests for Proposals

Since 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.

Current LCBP RFPs

(details for each RFP can be found below)

Local GrantsRelease DateDue Date
Clean Water and Healthy Ecosystem Grants8/20/21 10/11/21, 10/27/21 
Education and Outreach GrantsMid-Oct 2021Late Dec 2021
Program GrantsRelease DateDue Date
Request for Heritage Preproposals to Implement the CVNHP Management Plan.8/2/202110/4/2021 
Request for Technical PreproposalsLate Sept/
Early Oct 2021
Early Nov 2021
Request for Large Education and Outreach ProjectsMid-Oct 2021Late Dec 2021
 Other Release DateDue Date
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Consultant8/17/202110/8/2021
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Professional Development Mini-grantson goingongoing


Local Implementation Grants

Clean Water and Healthy Ecosystems Implementation Grants

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in coordination with NEIWPCC, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects in the following categories:

Clean water – small implementation grants
Projects that will improve water quality and directly result in the reduction of water pollution in the US-portion of the Lake Champlain Basin
Up to $25,000
DUE: October 11, 2021 at 12pm

Clean water – large implementation grants*
Projects that will improve water quality and directly result in the reduction of water pollution in the US-portion of the Lake Champlain Basin
$25,000 – $125,000
DUE: October 11, 2021 at 12pm

Clean water – planning grants*
Projects that will provide planning, design, or prioritization for future water quality improvement projects in the Lake Champlain Basin (US and Québec)
Up to $50,000
DUE: October 11, 2021 at 12pm

Healthy ecosystems – habitat and native species conservation
Projects that will preserve, restore, or improve native species habitat in the Lake Champlain Basin (US and Québec).
Up to $25,000
DUE: October 27, 2021 at 12pm

Healthy ecosystems – aquatic invasive species spread prevention and management
Projects that will directly prevent the spread aquatic invasive species or manage their impacts in the Lake Champlain Basin (US and Québec).
Up to $15,000
DUE: October 27, 2021 at 12pm

Eligible organizations include colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and non-federal/non-state government agencies. For-profit companies may apply to categories 2 and 3 (marked with an asterisk * above), but are not eligible for other grant categories.

Up to $1.4 million is available to support awarded projects.

This work will support 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 NEIWPCC by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC).

Applicants must submit proposals via the submission portal no later than 12pm on the due date listed for each category above.

LCBP anticipates granting multiple awards from this RFP. All awards are subject to funding availability. 

View the full Request for Proposals for details and proposal format requirements →

Program Grants

Request for Heritage Preproposals to Implement the CVNHP Management Plan

Please visit the CVNHP Grants page for full Preproposal →

Other Grants

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Consultant

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to advance our planning and programming in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Key objectives envisioned for this work include conducting an organizational assessment, supporting the creation of a DEI strategic plan, and assisting LCBP with integrating DEI principles into our existing programming.

Up to $15,000 is available for completion of the work outlined in this Request for Proposals (RFP). LCBP anticipates issuing one award from this RFP.

Applicants must submit proposals in electronic format. Please see the RFP for complete details. 

DEADLINE NOTICE:                                                                                                                

Electronic versions of proposals must be RECEIVED by the Lake Champlain Basin Program office no later than: October 8th, 2021

Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by November 2021 for project initiation by January 2022.

View full Request for Proposal  →

Educator Mini-grants

These mini- grants provide educators with funds to buy materials for their classroom that will aid in teaching students about Lake Champlain Watershed issues. The LCBP wants to help you build “your classroom toolkit” for teaching about watersheds. Materials requested can be for indoor or outdoor work, and should last for more than one academic year.

Qualifying recipients: Educators working within the Lake Champlain Basin may apply for Educator Mini-Grants on behalf of their school provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Educators must have been a past participant in either the CBEI Watershed for Every Classroom Course (11-day course) OR have submitted student entries in CBEI World Water Day events OR be teaching about the Lake Champlain watershed 2020-2021.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per school. The school must be located within the Champlain Watershed.

How the funds can be used: 

  • Funds can be used to purchase products which enhance student learning about watersheds and water quality in the Lake Champlain basin, including the streams and rivers that flow to the Lake, or to strengthen the educational materials in the classroom that will help students learn about watershed issues.
  • Examples include, but are not limited to: resource guides for field work, boots and waders for stream work, bug collection nets, field lenses, macroinvertebrate tray sorters, binoculars, microscopes, or classroom posters relevant to water quality work.
  • Please note: These funds cannot be used for food, transportation, or entrance fees. 

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through December 30, 2020, although available funds likely will be disbursed quickly; apply sooner rather than later. Awards will be announced shortly after applications, ideally within 10 business days.

Funding: Educators may be awarded a grant of up to $1,000.  Applicants may apply for less than $1,000, but one application is permitted per school in this grant opportunity.

Review: Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the LCBP on a rolling basis.

Download the Educator Mini-Grants: Instructions, Application & Reimbursement Form

Watershed Association Professional Development Mini-Grants

These mini-grants provide professional development funds for the staff and volunteers of qualified watershed organizations in the Lake Champlain Basin, to cover expenses such as travel, meals, registration and accommodations at meetings, conferences, workshops and other venues designed to enhance the organizations’ capacity to operate. Qualifying Organizations: Watershed types of organization within the Lake Champlain Basin may apply for Watershed Association Professional Development Mini-grants. Up to $500/year is available per organization subject to availability of funds. Please read the attached instructions for more details about qualifying.

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

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