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NRCC Clean Water Design and Implementation Block Grant

Request for Applications (RFA)

The State Natural Resources Conservation Council (NRCC) is pleased to announce  a request for applications for projects under the NRCC Clean Water Projects Design and Implementation Block Grant funded by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). 

NRCC has approximately $1,000,000 available to support the design and implementation of projects that protect and improve Vermont’s water quality. The proposed stormwater, floodplains/rivers, lakes, and forestry projects must have a primary purpose of reducing sediment and/or nutrient pollution. The program is open to all eligible organizations, including Vermont’s 14 Natural Resources Conservation Districts (NRCDs), watershed groups, municipalities, and others, and will fund preliminary design, final design, and implementation projects. 

All applicants should consult the DEC Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program FY21 Funding Policy to determine a potential project’s eligibility prior to filling out an application. Projects must be listed in the DEC Watershed Projects Database. If you wish to submit a project not currently in the Watershed Projects Database, please contact your local watershed planner for information about submitting a project to the Watershed Projects Database. 

Applications will be reviewed by NRCC’s review committee and will receive a written notice indicating whether the project is approved and will receive full funding, is approved with partial funding, or is not approved and will not be funded. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the VACD Execute Director Jill Arace at with any questions prior to submitting an application. 

Anticipated Timeline

  • RFA Released: September 21, 2022
  • Application Due Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
  • Award Announcements: Monday, December 12, 2022
  • Spending authorization begins: January 1, 2023
  • All projects must be completed by: October 31, 2024

Program Guidelines and Application Details

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

Application Forms and Attachments

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file to NRCC Grants and Finance Specialist Lina Smith at