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2019 NRCC Clean Water Design and Implementation Block Grant

Request for Applications (RFA)

The State Natural Resources Conservation Council (NRCC), in partnership with Vermont’s Conservation Districts and VACD, is pleased to announce a request for applications for projects under the 2019 NRCC Clean Water Projects Design and Implementation Block Grant. NRCC has approximately $380,000 available awarded from Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to support the design and implementation of clean water projects throughout the state of Vermont. Eligible project types include the preliminary and final engineering design as well as implementation of rivers, lake shoreland, stormwater, and forestry projects. 50% or more of total funding will be awarded to projects with a cost of $50,000 or less, not including match and program delivery costs. No match is required for applications (except stormwater projects in MS4 districts, where 50% match is required).

Non-NRCD applicants are advised to contact the program manager, Holden Sparacino (, prior to submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to work with and/or collaborate with their local Conservation District when submitting an application.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of representative from Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, Watersheds United Vermont, and Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. The Committee uses this evaluation form to review projects. Applicants are encouraged to review the evaluation form and be sure the review criteria are included in their final evaluation.

Design and implementation projects requests of $20,000 or greater are due by April 13, 2020, with letters of determination sent by May 1, 2020. Requests for under $20,000 are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

All final invoices, reports, and project deliverables must be completed and submitted before November 1, 2021.

Program Guidelines and Application Details

Please review these resources prior to filling out/submitting your application.

Application Forms and Attachments