Lamoille River in Milton, 7-4-2019

The Lamoille River winds through Milton before emptying into Lake Champlain.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD) has announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2021 Watershed Grants Program.

These grants are dedicated to projects that protect, restore, and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, including Vermonters’ abilities to understand and enjoy such watersheds. They are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups. Projects that aim to directly protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitats are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due no later than Feb. 5, 2021 and can be found at dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/cwi/grants/co-opportunities. VFWD wants applicants to note that the process has changed from past years.

For 2021, $60,000 is available to fund three categories of projects:

Education and outreach, with a maximum of $5,000 available for a project.

Planning, assessment, inventory, and monitoring, with a maximum of $3,500 available for a project.

On-the-ground implementation, with a maximum of $10,000 available for a project.

Funding the grant program are sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plate. Those can be purchased by filling out the application found at dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VD-154-Conservation_Plate_App_0.pdf.

"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 and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.

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