December 21, 2014

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Deadline for watershed grants applications is Dec. 7

Applications are available for the 2013 Vermont Watershed Grants Program to fund projects that help Vermonters protect, restore and enjoy the state’s watersheds. Applications are due to the Vermont Watershed Grants office by Friday, Dec. 7.

“Watershed Grants are available to municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and citizen groups,” said Rick Hopkins of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. “Watershed Grants can be awarded for many types of watershed projects, including those that protect or restore water quality, shorelines or fish and wildlife habitats.”

“In light of the damage from Tropical Storm Irene and other recent Vermont floods, we are very interested in projects that implement practical measures or involve education on stream habitat protection, restoration, flood resiliency and related topics,” added Hopkins.

Rod Wentworth, of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, explained that watershed grants provide a way for local people to make a difference. “This is a great opportunity for sporting clubs or watershed groups to do something to help their local stream or lake, such as planting trees or developing a watershed conservation plan or outreach program,” said Wentworth. “Many Vermont rivers have sustained a lot of damage as a result of recent floods and in some cases the recovery work that followed.  The more we can do to spread the word about best practices for flood remediation, the better.”

This year, $120,000 is available to fund grants up to a maximum possible per grant amount of $15,000.
The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available online at www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/lakes/htm/lp_watershedgrants.htm.

 

Project funding for Vermonters with developmental disabilities 

Approximately $110,000 in funding is available for projects that improve the lives of Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy that links them with policymakers at the local, regional and state level. Project grant awards, organized by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, will range from $2,000 to $50,000 in three advocacy categories: Advocacy in Action; Vermont Families; and Advocacy Response Network. The deadline is Nov. 5. For more information, Requests for Proposals and application materials, check the VTDDC website at www.ddc.vermont.gov, e-mail [email protected] or call 1-888-317-2006.

 Governor’s Awards applications now accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The annual awards honor the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote sustainability.

Applications are encouraged from: business, industry, and trade or professional organizations; environmental, community and nonprofit organizations; individual citizens; institutions (such as schools, hospitals and municipalities); teachers and students; and public agencies.

Applications must be received electronically, no later than Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Application materials are available online at www.anr.state.vt.us. For questions or to obtain email copies of the application, contact Gary Gulka at [email protected] or 802-241-3626.

 

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