Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund

This fund was established in 2009 as part of a comprehensive settlement agreement between the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) for the Lamoille River, Carver Falls, and Silver Lake Hydroelectric Projects. 

See the final settlement for Carver Falls [PDF, 899KB]
See the final settlement for Silver Lake [PDF, 1.29MB]

What We Fund 

Grants will be awarded for long-term or permanent physical enhancements to aquatic and riparian habitat in the tributaries of Lake Champlain, or related implementation feasibility studies, that:

  • Protect, restore, and enhance the ecosystem integrity and ecological connectivity of the community of aquatic life
  • Protect, restore, and enhance lake sturgeon and their habitats
  • Restore a self-sustaining land-locked Atlantic Salmon population in Lake Champlain

Additionally, eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must be located in Vermont on a tributary of Lake Champlain. Preference will be given to projects located on a major tributary (i.e. the Lamoille, Missisquoi, or Winooski Rivers) or a lesser tributary going into one of these, though high-impact projects on smaller waters may be considered.  Click here to see a map of the Lake Champlain basin
  • Riparian buffer projects should include plans for long term monitoring and maintenance beyond the initial planting.
  • Projects require a 50% match. In-kind contributions can count toward this match.
  • Applicants must demonstrate past experience in working on protection and restoration projects.

Strong preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate partnerships between multiple organizations, are innovative, and build on existing programs.

To see a list of grant awards made since 2011, please click here.
 

What We Don’t Fund

In general, the Fund does not support:

  • Educational programming
  • Research unrelated to a specific physical enhancement opportunity
  • Publications
  • Capital campaigns
  • Normal operating expenses
  • Lobbying or advocacy work
  • Deficit funding

Grant Size

Grants typically range from $5,000 - $25,000, though requests are accepted for up to $50,000. The average grant size is around $14,000. The fund’s annual grantmaking is around $50,000 per year. 

Who May Apply

Applications will be considered from nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, units of government, and officially appointed commissions, or boards in the state of Vermont. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the state of Vermont. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available (meaning any funds having a competitive application process) by the Vermont Community Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Foundation. 

Grant applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability.

Deadline and Notification

Applications must be submitted electronically using our Online Grants Manager by 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2017. No late or emailed applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application by mid-March.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically via the Online Grants Manager. Visit our Online Grants Center to learn how to use the Grants Manager, including accessing your existing account or registering for the first time. The electronic application form will be available after logging in to your account.

To help you prepare, click here to view or download the application questions.

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