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Design/Implementation Block Grant

Grants to Vermont Agencies, Districts, Groups, Schools,
Associations, and Hospitals for Water Improvement Projects

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Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC)

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07/10/20 4:30 PM EST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Vermont agencies, hospitals, educational institutions, nonprofit associations, conservation districts, citizen groups, and regional planning commissions to design, engineer, and implement projects to improve water quality throughout the region. Funding is intended to support forestry, lake shoreland, river, and stormwater projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters.

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) is administering a second block grant to support the design and implementation of clean water improvement and protection projects. Funding is provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP). SWCRPC seeks proposals for preliminary engineering design, final engineering design, and construction of clean water projects.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) provides funds in the form of grants and contracts to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. CWIP also provides technical support to the Vermont Clean Water Board charged with allocating clean water funds. 1 CWIP-funded projects focus on stormwater runoff and erosion abatement from developed lands, natural resource restoration, agriculture and forest management runoff controls, and equipment with demonstrated water quality benefit.

CWIP tracks and reports on priority projects to restore Vermont’s waters, and communicates progress toward meeting water quality restoration targets in addition to managing clean water funds. These water quality targets are outlined in long-term remediation plans known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (or TMDLs). 2TMDL implementation is supported by state authorities contained in the Vermont Clean Water Act (Act 64 of 2015).

For eligible projects, see Project Types Table in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187319

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Small projects are now $50,000 or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities
-Vermont municipality
-Regional planning commission
-Natural resource conservation district
-Non-profit private organizations
-State agencies
-State colleges and universities
-Public hospitals and medical centers
-Public schools

Ineligible Entities
-Private citizens, individuals
-Private for-profit businesses and industries
-Private for-profit colleges and universities
-Federal agencies
-DEC programs

Ineligible Projects
-Land acquisition (may be used as match);
-Projects that solely address flooding, drainage, flood/hazard mitigation, protection of infrastructure and do not primarily address sediment or nutrient pollution;
-Projects that can be funded through other grant sources (projects may be eligible if other options are exhausted and justification is provided, subject to CWIP approval);10
-Maintenance activities (e.g., re-grading, sweeping, or catch basin cleaning);
-Projects dealing with private driveways;
-Culvert replacements that do not improve stream geomorphology;
-General outreach and education;
-Projects to comply with Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont on active logging/harvesting sites;11
-Projects related to compliance with the MS4 Permit Minimum Control Measures;12 and
-Projects that treat stormwater associated with new or expanded impervious surfaces to comply with a state permit or state order.

Ineligible Expenses
-Expenses incurred outside award duration;13
-Fees associated with permits that require implementation of the clean water project, such as stormwater operational permits (including the “3-acre permit”), MRGP, and MS4 Permit;14
-In Lieu Fee payments to mitigate wetland impacts;
-Tools and/or equipment (unless intent of project is to purchase equipment to implement clean water best management practices);
-Office supplies such as, but not limited to, computers, cell phones, etc.;
-Uniforms/staff apparel;
-Food/beverage/event space costs (such as for a meeting);
-AmeriCorps host site or member costs;
-Political advocacy;
-Fundraising; and
-Grant writing.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on July 10th at 4:30PM.

No local match is required under this program (with the exception of MS4 stormwater projects, which require 50% match).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send all applications, subgrant agreement and report documents, invoicing and questions to

Thomas Kennedy, AICP, Executive Director or extension #115

Jason Rasmussen, AICP, Director of Planning or extension#112

Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
38 Ascutney Park Road, P.O. Box 320 Ascutney, Vermont 05030
Phone: 802-674-9201
Fax: 802-674-5711

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