The Vermont Community Foundation is offering grants through its Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund and South Lake Champlain Fund.
The Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund was established by Central Vermont Public Service in 2009 as part of a comprehensive settlement agreement with the Agency of Natural Resources for the Lamoille River, Carver Falls, and Silver Lake Hydroelectric Projects. The fund will award grants totaling approximately $50,000 this year. Grants requiring matching funds will be awarded for new initiatives, one-time special projects, and continuing funding for outstanding existing programs that do one or more of the following: protect, restore, and enhance the ecosystem integrity and ecological connectivity of the community of aquatic life in the Lake Champlain ecosystem and its tributaries; protect, restore, and enhance lake sturgeon and their habitats in the Lake Champlain basin and its tributaries; restore a self-sustaining land-locked Atlantic salmon population in Lake Champlain through habitat restoration and fish monitoring programs; and protect riparian zones along Lake Champlain tributaries for the benefit of ecological and recreational resources through the purchase of land easements. (Deadline: November 30, 2011.)
Established in 1989, the South Lake Champlain Fund makes grants that support research and education and help effect positive environmental impact on the southern portion of Lake Champlain, defined as that area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point. The fund also has a goal of supporting projects that involve experts and other people who live in the southern Lake Champlain region. Typically, three to nine grants are awarded each year — one to three grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and the remaining grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Matching funds are encouraged but not required. (Deadline: December 1, 2011.)
Complete program information and the application form for each grant program is available at the Vermont Community Foundation Web site.