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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs,
and Municipalities for Lake Basin Improvement Projects

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Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) - New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)

Deadline Date:

11/08/21 12:00 PM Noon EST


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, municipalities, IHEs, and for-profit companies for lake basin improvement projects in eligible locations. Priority will be given to projects that improve soil health, prevent the infiltration of aquatic invasive species, conserve vulnerable native species and their habitats, address emerging contaminants, and monitor ecosystem benefits of water quality and habitat improvement projects. Funded projects must be geographically focused within the Lake Champlain Basin.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin. The LCBP, in partnership with NEIWPCC, will award funding for services to further their mission. Projects may address any strategies or tasks outlined in Opportunities for Action (see Pre-Application Information below). LCBP is particularly interested in funding projects that address the following priorities:

  1. Projects that will focus on improving soil health on agricultural land across the basin, especially ones that include technical support and educational programming to producers about the benefits and techniques to improve soil health. 
  2. Projects that develop a plan to improve our understanding of emerging contaminants in the Lake Champlain Basin. Contaminants may include pesticides and/or others that are not well understood or are not monitored as part of the Lake Champlain Long-Term Monitoring Program. Projects may include synoptic sampling, literature review, suggested methodology and relevant endpoints, prioritized contaminants for monitoring, and a resulting plan with estimated costs for LCBP and/or partners to establish a basinwide long-term monitoring program for emerging contaminants that will close knowledge gaps critical for public and ecosystem health. 
  3. Projects that develop plans and strategies for early detection and prevention of aquatic invasive species introduction to the Lake Champlain Basin. 
  4. Assessment, research, or prioritization projects at a larger landscape scale that support conservation or restoration of vulnerable native species and their habitats. 
  5. Projects that use post-implementation monitoring to quantify ecosystem benefits of water quality or habitat improvement projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192588

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total request for each project may range from $25,000 to $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Work is expected to begin no earlier than January, 2023 and, in most cases, should be completed within 3 years after the start date. Funding may be available for longer-term projects if justified for project outputs and outcomes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and municipalities in the US and Canada.

State, provincial, and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.

LCBP grant funds cannot be used to produce for-profit products or to cover costs associated with regulatory compliance or direct fundraising efforts. LCBP grant funds also cannot be used for land purchases, endowment funds, lobbying or legislative advocacy of any kind, or for the purchase of food or beverage.

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-proposals due to LCBP: By 12pm (noon) EST on November 8, 2021
- Subset of applicants invited to submit full proposals: December 2021
- Full proposals due to LCBP: February 2022 (date TBD –approx. seven weeks after notice)
- Applicants notified of funding decisions: June 2022
- Detailed project workplan due: August 2022
- Project start date: January 2023
- Project deliverables and final report due: Up to 3 years after start date

Application process:
- The pre-proposal should be a two-page document to introduce the project, adhering to the format requirements specified.
- After review of the submitted pre-proposals, a subset of applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal.
- Grant award recipients will be selected from the pool of full proposals and successful projects will begin in early 2023.
- Pre-proposals not invited for full proposal consideration in this cycle may be revised and submitted for future funding opportunities.

Transition from DUNS Number to UEI Number: Although it is not required at the preproposal stage, applicants should be aware that the official identifier for doing business with the U.S. Government will be changing from using a DUNS number to a created Unique Entity Identifier (“UEI”) number.

Applicants may submit more than one pre-proposal, and more than one grant may be awarded to a single applicant.

Opportunities for Action Management Plan:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the pre-proposal online:

For questions about proposal submission, please contact Kathy Jarvis at

For questions about the program, contact Matthew Vaughan, LCBP Technical Coordinator, at

Lake Champlain Basin Program
54 West Shore Road
Grand Isle, VT 05458
800-468-5227 (NY & VT)
or 802-372-3213

Grant Coverage Areas:

Lake Champlain Basin

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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