Deerfield River Enhancement Fund

The Deerfield River Enhancement Fund was established in 1999 by USGen New England, Inc., now known as Great River Hydro, LLC , for the environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed. Grants are awarded for new initiatives, one-time special projects, or continuing funding for outstanding, existing programs. Examples include, but are not limited to, volunteer monitoring projects, events, trail work projects, field trips, educational workshops, media campaigns, and improving public access sites.

The Vermont Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts are jointly managing grantmaking for the Deerfield River Enhancement Fund.

Who May Apply

Projects must be located within the Deerfield River Basin or in towns with some portion falling within the basin. In the latter case, projects must be directly tied to the basin, e.g. a trail spur originating outside the basin that connects with a trail network within the basin. See a map of the area.

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.

Grant Size

The Fund will make a grant or grants totaling approximately $14,000.

Interest Area

Environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed.

Deadline

Letter of Intent due 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019

Application Guidelines

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

The Deerfield River Enhancement Fund is for the purpose of supporting watershed conservation, development of low impact recreational and educational facilities, and planning, design, maintenance and monitoring of such facilities in the Deerfield River Watershed.  Projects must provide clear public benefits and contribute to the goals of enhancing low impact recreational, environmental education, or environmental protection opportunities directly related to the Deerfield River Watershed.  Funds may be used for outdoor educational programs, including curriculum development and travel for students, interpretive materials and signs.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and units of local and regional government within Vermont and Massachusetts.  Projects must be located within the Deerfield River Basin or in towns with some portion falling within the basin.  In the latter case, projects must be directly tied to the basin, e.g. a trail spur originating outside the basin that connects with a trail network within the basin. 

WHEN TO APPLY:

A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full proposal and is due by or before May 31,st 2019.  You will be notified within a month after submitting your letter of intent if the evaluation committee would like to see a full proposal.  The full proposal is due by August 2, 2019 with awards to be made by November 29, 2019.  In accordance with the FERC License, grants will be made every four years from the inception of the fund, for a period of forty years. 

HOW TO APPLY:

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. For questions, please contact Celia Cadwell, ccadwell@vermontcf.org.

To help you prepare, click here to view or download the 2019 Letter of Intent Guidelines and here to view or download the Full Application Guidelines.

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