Watershed Grant Application Deadline Extended to December 2nd

*Deadline Extention:  Applications are now due no later than Friday, December 2, 2016. 

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The 2017 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for projects that protect, restore and enhance the state's lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, as well as projects that help Vermonters understand and enjoy these treasures.  Applications are due no later than Friday, December 2, 2016.

Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups.  The range of past projects is diverse and has included invasive species education, shoreline vegetation restoration and the removal of old dams and replacement of culverts to improve fish movement.

For the 2017, $100,000 is available to fund three categories of projects.  The three categories and the maximum amount for each project type are: education and outreach ($5,000), planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring ($3,500) and on-the-ground implementation ($10,000).

The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is a joint project of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Department of Environmental Conservation.  It was established by legislature and is funded by sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plate.

"When Vermonters purchase a Conservation License Plate they're helping protect healthy streams and lakes as well as conserving wildlife and important habitats for future generations," said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.  “Proceeds from the sale of Conservation License Plates fund the Watershed Grants program and help support the Fish & Wildlife Department's Nongame Wildlife Fund."

The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available on the web at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/grants/watershed-grants

Applications for the Vermont Conservation License Plate are available on the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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