Vermont Climate Change Funding
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Vermont - Funding Sources for Climate Change Adaptation
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VT DEC Watershed Management DivisionVermont Watershed (Conservation License Plate) GrantsA wide variety of watershed projects are eligible, including protection, restoration and enhancement of habitat, water quality, recreation, and/or cultural/historic resources, and monitoring and educationAnnually. Applications for 2016 are being accepted Hopkins, VTDEC, 802-490-6115;
VT DEC Watershed Management DivisionEcosystem Restoration GrantsProjects designed to improve water quality, including but not limited to projects that: improve natural stream stability, incorporate the science of fluvial geomorphology in river corridor and floodplain management decisions, minimize flood hazards by protecting or restoring river corridors, floodplains, and wetlands, and improve in-stream and riparian habitat; mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff from developed land areas, including downtowns and gravel roads; promote green infrastructure** and low impact development practices; protect and restore riparian wetlands; re-establish lake shoreline native vegetation and related shoreline erosion corrections; directly address in-lake (internal) phosphorus loading conditions; and enhance the environmental sustainability of agricultural lands.
**Green Infrastructure is defined as strategically selected network of open spaces that conserve ecosystem functions and values that are beneficial to communities.
2 rounds of submissions per year. The deadline for proposal submittal is 4:30pm on October 14, 2015. Dolan
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution ControlThe goal of the program under the federal Clean Water Act is to support restoration or implementation activities located in watersheds that are impaired by nonpoint source pollution and that are addressed by strategies or actions contained in watershed restoration plans. The total amount of 319 grant funds available is determined each year. Vermont DEC has not offered Section 319 grant funds since FFY2011.Check website for details. Hopkins, VTDEC, 802-490-6115;
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)Clean Water Act Section 604b Water Quality Management PlanningThe federal Clean Water Act mandates Vermont DEC passes through as grants 40% of its annual 604b award to the Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) to conduct water quality planning activities of state or regional importance. Municipalities are encouraged to approach their respective RPC to discuss climate change adaptation and/or stormwater issues of concern.N/A. DEC notifies each RPC when annual funding becomes available and to define eligible planning activities.N/ARick Hopkins, VTDEC, 802-490-6115;
Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP)Implementing Opportunities for ActionThe LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. Since 1992, the LCBP has awarded nearly 1,000 grants to local organizations to support a variety of pollution prevention, habitat restoration, and other projects that help to improve the quality of Lake Champlain. In that same time period, LCBP and its partner organizations also have funded numerous projects conducted by universities, consultants, research foundations, nonprofit organizations, and others. These projects include scientific research, best management demonstration projects, education and outreach efforts, and other initiatives that are key to implementing LCBP’s management plan known as Opportunities for Action.Annually. Check web site for further details.www.lcbp.orgBill Howland, LCBP, 802-372-3213,
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF)Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF)The purpose of the MEF is to provide financial assistance to projects that will restore, protect, and/or enhance the CT River ecosystem affected by the Fifteen Mile Falls (FMF) hydroelectric project, or that will serve as mitigation for some of the impacts of the project. MEF supports implementation of restoration and protection projects within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, VT and West Lebanon, NH. There are three MEF project categories and proposals should address one or more of the following resource categories:
River Restoration—Projects that improve or enhance water quality, fisheries, fish passage (i.e. dam removal, culvert restoration) and habitat for river-dependent species.
Wetland Restoration, Protection and Enhancement—Projects that restore or enhance wetlands to mitigate for wetlands lost or adversely affected by the FMF hydroelectric project (upstream and downstream from the FMF project area)
Shoreland Protection—Projects that restore or protect buffers and eroding river or stream banks within the watershed.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, community organizations, educational institutions and federal, state or local government agencies.
Annually until MEF is depleted. Concept papers as preliminary proposals typically due in December. Check web site for additional details. Peterson, NHCF, 603-263-8370,
Vermont Agency of Transportation, Municipal Assistance BureauBetter Backroads ProgramThe purpose of the Vermont Better Backroads Program is to promote the use of erosion control and maintenance techniques that save money while protecting and enhancing Vermont’s lakes and streams. Funds, subject to availability, will be distributed as small grants to municipalities and local organizations to address town or private road erosion problems.Annually. Check web site for additional details. May, VTrans, 802-828-4585,
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)Municipal Pollution ControlFacilities planning and final design, facility enlargement, refurbishment, general pollution control, Stormwater projects, Municipalities to re-loan to homeowners for repair/replacement of their on-site systems.Ongoing
State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Winslow Ladue, Financial Management Program Manager, Facilities Engineering Division, for more information at (802) 498-7374
Department of Evironmental Conservation - Agency of Natural Resources in VermontClean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)Using a combination of federal and state funds, state CWSRF programs provide loans to eligible recipients to:
-construct municipal wastewater facilities,
-control nonpoint sources of pollution,
-build decentralized wastewater treatment systems,
-create green infrastructure projects,
-protect estuaries, and
-fund other water quality projects.
Ongoing Redmond
(802) 585-4900
US Department of Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentCommunity Facilities Direct Loan & Grant ProgramThis program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.Applications for this program are accepted year round Brady, State Director
87 State Street Suite 324, P O Box 249
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 828-6000 or (802) 828-6080|
(802) 828-6018 Fax
Vermont Agency of Natural ResourcesVermont Community Climate Change GrantsThe purpose of this grant program is to promote the implementation of
innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions by Vermont communities.
Specific goals include:

Reduce use of fossil fuels through improved efficiency and increased use of renewables in municipal buildings and operations;
Educate and encourage action by Vermont residents and businesses to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy use;

Encourage municipal officials, representatives of local volunteers groups and nonprofit organizations to work cooperatively to promote energy efficiency and renewables; and,

Encourage Vermont towns to work in partnership with other towns to improve efficiency and increaseuse of renewables.

Coordinate with Efficiency Vermont, the Clean Energy Development Fund and the state weatherization program to ensure that all available programs are being utilized in the most cost-effective manner
Last offered in 2009 Einhorn
Vermont Department of En
vironmental Conservation
103 South Main Street
West Office Building
Waterbury, VT 05671
State of Vermont - Public Service DepartmentClean Energy Development Fund - Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program (SSREIP)In 2005, the Vermont General Assembly established the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) through Act 74 (30 V.S.A. § 8015). The purpose of the Fund is to increase the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources – primarily with respect to renewable energy resources, and the use of combined heat and power technologies - in Vermont. Ongoing Perchlik - Clean Energy Development Fund
VT Public Service Department
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
The Vermont Community FoundationLake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration FundGrants will be awarded for new initiatives, one-time special projects, or continuing funding for outstanding, existing programs that address one or more of purposes listed below:
-Protect, restore and enhance the ecosystem integrity and ecological connectivity of the community of aquatic life in the Lake Champlain ecosystem and its tributaries.
-Protect, restore and enhance lake sturgeon and their habitats in the Lake Champlain basin and its tributaries.
-Restore a self-sustaining land-locked Atlantic Salmon population in Lake Champlain through habitat restoration and fish monitoring programs.
-Protect the riparian zones along Lake Champlain tributaries for the benefit of the ecological and recreational resources through the purchase of land easements.
$5,000-$50,000 grants to organizations for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Lake Champlain's ecosystem.
5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2015. Bruno

802-388-3355 ext. 222
The Vermont Community FoundationThe Kelsey TrustThe grants are limited to organizations and projects that serve the people and protect the natural environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. Click here for a map of the Basin.

The Trust focuses on:
• Environment - We are particularly interested in programs aimed at protecting Lake Champlain and its tributaries, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks
Spring Grant - Letter of Interest deadline is May 1, Winter Grants is November 1 Haigis

802-388-3355 ext. 244
High Meadows FundVarious grantsThe High Meadows Fund promotes vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long term economic vitality in Vermont.
The changing climate is already impacting Vermont's communities and working landscape. It is urgent that Vermonters adapt to those changes while also lowering their contribution to climate change. We bring this sense of urgency to our three areas of focus:
· Land Use: Encouraging working farms and forests, compact settlements, and watershed land use that protects communities, soil, and water quality.
· Energy: Improving buildings and transportation systems in order to lower fossil fuel use.
· Sustainable Agriculture: Promoting healthy soil and expanding agricultural markets.
By invitation only; please see for more information College Street Suite 3B
Burlington VT 05401

T: 802-388-3355 x241

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Administered by
Vermont Emergency Management
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)Provides funds to States, Territories, Indian, Tribal Governments, local governments, and eligible private non-profits following a Presidential major disaster declaration. The Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) differs from the other Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs because it is awarded following a declared disaster where as the other programs are awarded on an annual basis. The key purpose of HMGP is to ensure that the opportunity to take critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters is not wasted during the reconstruction process following a disaster.

Cost Share: 75% Federal Funds/25% State or Local Funds
Applications are due to DEMHS by November 6, 2015. Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty (; 802-241-5258) or Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates (; 802-241-5363)
FEMA, Administered by
Vermont Emergency Management
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program was created as part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 4101) with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA provides FMA funds to assist States and communities implement measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Cost Share: 75% Federal Funds/25% State or Local Funds, 90% Federal Funds/10% State or Local Funds with Severe Repetitive Loss Strategy
Applications are due to DEMHS by November 6, 2015. Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty (; 802-241-5258) or Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates (; 802-241-5363)
FEMA, Administered by
Vermont Emergency Management
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Community Disaster Loan ProgramThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides direct loans to local governments to offset the loss of tax or other revenues as a result of a major disaster. The local government must demonstrate a need to maintain local governmental functions such as police and fire protection, or water and sewer services. Loans are not to exceed 25% of the local government’s annual operating budget for the fiscal year in which the major disaster occurs, up to a maximum of $5 million.Communities may apply for assistance following a declaration of a major disaster Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty (; 802-241-5258) or Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates (; 802-241-5363)
Environmental Finance Center - University of MarylandLocal Government Stormwater Financing ManualEFC’s Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Public sector financing in general, and stormwater financing specifically often appear to be inaccessibly complicated and technical to even experienced public officials. Therefore, rather than try to address the myriad of issues associated with stormwater financing, the main strategy was to provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities towards effective action.--
Environmental Finance Center, 1210 Preinkert Field House, (Building 054), College Park, MD 2074
EPA New EnglandFunding Stormwater FactsheetThis document is intended to assist local stormwater managers to alleviate the significant expense of construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The costs of stormwater programs, increased by regulatory requirements (stormwater Phase I or Phase II), flooding concerns, water quality issues (including total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs) and population growth, may be subsidized through a stormwater utility or various other methods detailed in this document. -- EPA New England—Thelma Murphy
Rob Adler
617- 918-1396
University of Vermont and SUNY PlattsburghLake Champlain Sea grantTo promote ecosystem-based approaches that foster a healthy and diverse ecosystem and provide for sustainable human use and enjoyment of Lake Champlain, the basin, and surrounding waters;

-To restore terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Lake Champlain Basin and surroundings

-To strengthen the economic base of local communities through sustainable
development, particularly of lake-dependent businesses and those industries offering tourism and recreation opportunities; and

-To provide scientifically sound information about regional climate change and its potential impacts on local communities, and to help communities plan for and implement practices that mitigate these impacts
Deadline for Full Proposal: Monday, August 31, 2015, 5pm Schuett
Breck Bowden at
VT DEC Watershed Managment DivisionNational Flood Insurance ProgramThe National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides a source of flood insurance for buildings in communities that choose to participate. Nearly ninety percent of communities in Vermont participate in the NFIP. Flood insurance is available for buildings and their contents anywhere in participating communities. Without access to the NFIP, flood insurance from private sources may be unavailable or prohibitively expensive. To participate in the NFIP a community must regulate all new development in high risk Special Flood Hazard Areas to ensure that new development is safe from flood damage.Property owners (including municipalities) can apply for flood insurance at any time as long as their community participates in the NFIP. Pfeiffer, CFM ,, Vermont River Corridor and Floodplain Manager Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division 1, National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
"Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Administered by
Vermont Emergency Management
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant ProgramA grant is made to the State of Vermont, which authorizes sub-grants to eligible applicants. Funding is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in accordance with Public Law 93-288, as amended by the Stafford Act.

Public assistance grants are provided on a cost-share basis, with percentages established in the state-federal agreement, and a federal share of no less than 75 percent. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The State works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
Public Assistance grants are available only after a Presidential Disaster Declaration. FEMA, the state and local agencies will work together to conduct a preliminary damage assessment and determine if such a declaration is necessary. Canarecci, State Public Assistance Officer, 802-585-4209 and/or
The ERAF Program is managed by
the Recovery and Mitigation Section of DEMHS
in conjunction with
management of Public Assistance.
Emergency Relief and Assistance FundThe Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF) provides State funding to match Federal Public Assistance after federally-declared disasters. Eligible public costs are reimbursed by federal taxpayers at 75%. For disasters after October 23, 2014, the State of Vermont will contribute an additional 7.5% toward the costs. For communities that take specific steps to reduce flood damage the State will contribute 12.5% or 17.5% of the total cost.Ongoing State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488 or (802) 244-8721 (Voice)
DEMHS and local VTrans District AdministratorVTrans – Town Highway Disaster AssistanceVTrans offers assistance to municipalities before, during and after disaster events that affect town highways. This support is described in Section 6 of the VTrans Orange Book and includes:

-Technical Assistance
-Road and Bridge Standards
-Town Highway Emergency Fund
-Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief (ER) Program
-Equipment Loans
-VTrans – 511 Online Map – road closure and delay information
-VTrans – Vermont Disaster Resource Center – for active disaster information
-VTrans – Temporary Bridges
-VTrans - Municipal Road and Bridge Standards Summary
Ongoing Rogers
Operations Division
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier,Vermont 05633-5001

Tel: 802-828-2709
Fax: 802-828-2848,
Agency of Commerce & Community Development - Department of Housing & Community DevelopmentMunicipal Planning GrantsThe Municipal Planning Grant Program encourages and supports planning and revitalization for local municipalities in Vermont. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Municipal Planning Grant Program works to strengthen Vermont by funding local planning initiatives that support statewide planning goals. Since 1998, the Municipal Planning Grant Program has provided over $10.6 million to 230 cities and towns across Vermont to help breathe new life into communities, plan for future growth and development and improve quality of life September 30, 2015, 7:00 PM Seiler: or 802.828.1948
US Department of Housing and Urban Development & Agency of Commerce & Community Development - Department of Housing & Community DevelopmentCommunity Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. In response to Presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.Ongoing Blondin, Grants Specialist

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Conservation Technical AssistanceThe Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program provides voluntary conservation technical assistance to land-users, communities, units of state and local government, and other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems. This assistance is for planning and implementing conservation practices that address natural resource issues. It helps people voluntarily conserve, improve and sustain natural resources. NRCS VT State Office
356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 105
Colchester, Vermont 05446
Telephone: 802‐951‐6796
Fax: 855‐794‐3677
US Department of Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentEmergency Community Water Assistance GrantsThis program helps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses.

Eligible applicants:

Most State and local governmental entities, Nonprofit organizations, Federally recognized Tribes
What kind of event can qualify as an emergency? Drought or flood, Earthquake, Tornado or hurricane, Disease outbreak
Chemical spill, leak or seepage, Other disasters
Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year round Brady, State Director
87 State Street Suite 324, P O Box 249
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 828-6000 or (802) 828-6080|
(802) 828-6018 Fax
US Department of Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentWater & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant ProgramProvides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

This program assists qualified applicants that are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms. Eligible applicants include:

Most State and local governmental entities
Private non-profits
Federally-recognized Tribes"
Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year round Brady, State Director
87 State Street Suite 324, P O Box 249
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 828-6000 or (802) 828-6080|
(802) 828-6018 Fax

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Emergency Watershed Protection ProgramThe Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program was set up by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. It is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, fires, and other natural occurrences.

The purpose of (EWP) is to help groups of people with a common problem. It is generally not an individual assistance program. All projects undertaken must be sponsored by a political subdivision of the state, such as a city, town, county, or conservation district.

The program is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which provides technical and financial assistance to preserve life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding."
Ongoing NRCS Vermont State Office
356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 105
Colchester, Vermont 05446

Telephone: 802-951-6796*
Fax: 855-794-3677

US Department of the Interior, Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Agency of Natural Resources
in Vermont
Land and Water Conservation FundThe Land and Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF) became effective in January 1965 to create parks and open spaces, protect wilderness and forests, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. Funds are derived from federal recreation fees, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) revenues from leasing oil and gas sites in coastal waters, federal surplus real property sales, and a portion of federal motorboat fuel taxes. Funds are apportioned to federal agencies, and to the 50 states and 6 territories through the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service (NPS). In Vermont, LWCF is administered by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. LWCF grants provide up to 50% matching assistance to the state and local governments.

Every year in February Savage at 802-249-1230 or

EPA New EnglandHealthy Communities Grant Program The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England's main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks to protect and improve human health and the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:
-Target resources to benefit communities at risk
-Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks
-Increase collaboration through community-based projects
-Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems
-Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits
-Advance emergency preparedness and resilience
Every year Sandra Brownell, or 617-918-1797).
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