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
Make Wiser Choices

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?

    The world’s oldest known fossil reef containing coral is located in the Champlain Valley.
    Find out more

    LCBP Requests for proposals

    Recording fish dataSince 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.

    The LCBP currently funds most projects through two general grant categories: Local Implementation Grants and Program Grants.

    Local Implementation Grants

    Requests for Proposals for Local Implementation Grants are usually released in early fall, with a deadline in late fall and awards announced in early winter. Local grants are awarded in one of several categories: Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation, Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention, Education and Outreach, and Organizational Support. The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership awards local grants through a Request for Pre-proposals process. CVNHP local grants are awarded in the following categories: Local Heritage, Interpretive Theme, Collections, and Internships. Grants for special programs are sometimes awarded as appropriate. Local grants are awarded for up to $50,000, depending on the category.

    The LCBP also awards “Enhanced BMP” grants. Like Local Implementation Grants, these awards are available only to non-profit organizations. An RFP for these grants is usually released in late summer. These grants, which support larger-scale projects that reduce water pollution from stormwater runoff, are available in two categories: best management plan construction and project planning and prioritization. Enhanced BMP Grants are awarded for up to $125,000.

    Program Grants

    Each year, the LCBP funds a number of projects that improve knowledge of the Lake Champlain Basin and inform management of its natural and cultural resources. These projects help to achieve the goals of Opportunities for Action and provide critical information to other research and management partners who are working to improve the health of the lake. The bulk of scientific research and implementation projects, as well as Heritage Program grants, are now identified and funded through a pre-proposal process that begins in the fall. RFPs for additional projects, including education and outreach, are released periodically throughout the year.

    The table below contains a tentative schedule of grant release and due dates.

    LCBP/CVNHP RFPs

    (details for each RFP can be found below)

    Local Implementation Grants Release Date Due Date
    Education & Outreach – Small and Large Grants November 14, 2019 January 9, 2020
    Organizational
    Support
    November 14, 2019 January 9, 2020
    Program Grants Release Date Due Date
    Public Awareness Survey Early
    December
    Late
    January
    Art Sail November 20,
    2019
    January 7,
    2020

    Local Implementation Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, is pleased to announce the 2019 Local Implementation Grant programs, including the following groups of grants:

    Large Education and Outreach Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Education and Outreach Large Grants. The Lake Champlain Basin Program seeks education and outreach proposals for projects that inform students or adults about key Lake Champlain Basin issues identified in the management plan Opportunities for Action. By developing awareness and knowledge about Basin issues, more informed decisions and constructive actions will benefit Lake Champlain. Hands-on stewardship activities for citizens are strongly encouraged. The Program anticipates awarding more than 25 grants totaling more than $300,000 to local organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions. In addition, local watershed groups may apply for $500 mini grants for professional development purposes.

    • Education and Outreach Large Grant Awards (up to $50,000 per award)

    Download the Request for Proposals

    Guidelines

    DEADLINE NOTICE:

    Proposals must be submitted no later than January 9, 2020.


    Small Education and Outreach Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Education and Outreach Small Grants. The Lake Champlain Basin Program seeks education and outreach proposals for projects that inform students or adults about key Lake Champlain Basin issues identified in the management plan Opportunities for Action. By developing awareness and knowledge about Basin issues, more informed decisions and constructive actions will benefit Lake Champlain. Hands-on stewardship activities for citizens are strongly encouraged. The Program anticipates awarding more than 25 grants totaling more than $300,000 to local organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions. In addition, local watershed groups may apply for $500 mini grants for professional development purposes.

    • Education and Outreach Small grant Awards (up to $10,000 per award)

    Download the Request for Proposals

    Guidelines

    DEADLINE NOTICE:

    Proposals must be submitted no later than January 9, 2020.


    Organizational Support Grants

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Organizational Support Grants. Organizational capacity grants are designed to strengthen watershed groups during their development or to assist established watershed organizations in strengthening their organizational capacity.

    • Organizational Support Grants Awards (up to $4,000 per award)

    Download the Request for Proposals

    Guidelines

    DEADLINE NOTICE:

    Proposals must be submitted no later than January 9, 2020.


    Program Grants

    Call to Artists – Request for Proposals:

    Floating Art Sail

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) invites eligible artists to design a boat sail which will be incorporated into the fleet at the Community Sailing Center located in Burlington, VT in 2020. Artwork will be related to aquatic invasive species to help draw the public’s attention to preventing the spread of invasive species.

    Download the the Call to Artists RFP


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

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2018 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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