Watershed Grant

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Watershed Grants fund local efforts related to stewardship and enjoyment of our water resources. The program provides grants to towns, nonprofit organizations and community groups with specific watershed projects.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

Projects must be watershed related and can include monitoring, education, conservation, recreation, or historic enhancement. A watershed is a river, stream, lake, pond, or wetland along with the surrounding land and water that drains into it.

Who is eligible to apply?

Local or regional government, citizen groups and non-profit organizations can receive funding. State and federal governments are not eligible.

How do I apply for a grant?

Visit the Department of Environmental Conservation's Watershed Grants webpage, for more information about the program and how to apply.

How are the grants awarded?

A seven-member citizen review committee reviews and scores the grant applications and then makes funding recommendations for final approval by the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife.

What is the advantage in applying for a Watershed Grant?

Some big grant programs are complicated and can discourage people from applying for small projects. This program lets small groups, such as a town conservation commission or local watershed association, apply for and get a few thousand dollars to do something that involves people at the local level.

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