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Grants and Loans Program Summary

Details for the following Grant and Loan programs can be found in the CHART below.

DRINKING WATER GRANTS & LOANS:   CONTAMINATED SITES MANAGEMENT:
Public Water System Construction Loans       Brownfields Funding
Water Source Protection Loans   Petroleum Cleanup Fund - UST
Public Water System Planning and Final Design Loans   Petroleum Cleanup Fund - AST
Emergency Use Fund - Public Water Systems   Environmental Contingency Fund
Environmental Review Assist - NERWA    
Water System Training Coordinator    
Water System Operator Training   HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT:
    Hazardous Wastes Facility Grant
SURFACE WATER - AQUATIC NUISANCE:    
Aquatic Nuisance Control Grants   SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT:
    Solid Waste - Implementation Grants
SURFACE WATER MONITORING & ASSESSMENT:   Solid Waste - Landfill Closure Grants -
Monitoring Well Installation/Replacement at Closed Landfills
Laboratory Services Water Quality Monitoring Grants   Solid Waste Assistance Grants - General
    Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Education
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PROJECTS:   Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Waste reduction and recycling
3 types of Municipal Pollution Control Project assistance available   Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Composting
    Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Household hazardous waste
WATERSHED PLANNING PROJECTS:   Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Community pollution prevention
Ecosystem Restoration Grants    
Nonpoint Source Management Grants   UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS:
Vermont Watershed (Conservation License Plate) Grants   Farm and Residential Underground Heating Oil
Tank Removal Grant
Watershed Protection Assistance   Underground Storage Tank Replacement and/or Upgrade Program
Vermont Better Backroads Grants    
604B Water Quality Planning Grants to Regional Planning Commissions    

 

Summary of DEC Grant and Loan Programs
Grant, Loan,
or Ins.
Grant/Loan Name Topics Funded Who Is Eligible Fund Source & Usual Amount Contact Appl.
Due
Loan Public Water System Construction Loans To Municipalities and certain privately-owned water systems for construction, repair or improvement of a public water system to comply with state and federal standards and protect public health Public community water systems and not-for-profit non-community water systems EPA

Eric Law,
802-585-4905
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site

 
Loan Water Source Protection Loans

Municipalities for purchasing land or conservation easements in order to protect public water sources

Municipalities EPA

Eric Law,
802-585-4905
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site

 
Loan Public Water System Planning and Final Design Loans Planning and design work needed to be eligible for public water system construction loans Municipalities and not-for-profit non-community water systems serving less than 10,000 people EPA Eric Law,
802-585-4905
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site
 
Grant Emergency Use Fund - Public Water Systems Used for the cost of certain emergency actions for public water systems when  authorized by the secretary to protect public health   EPA Eric Law,
802-585-4905
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site
 
Grant Environmental Review Assist - NERWA Preparation of categorical exclusion requests DWSRF loan reciepents DWSRF Eric Law,
802-585-4905
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site
 
Grant Water System Training Coordinator Training Coordinator     David Love
802-585-4892
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site
 
Grant Water System Operator Training Operator Training     David Love
802-585-4892
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division web site
 
Grant Aquatic Nuisance Control Grants Local control or spread
prevention projects for aquatic nuisance species
Municipalities

Motorboat registration fees and often federal funds - award amounts variable

Ann Bove,
802-490-6120
Watershed Management Division web site
February
Grant Laboratory Services Water Quality Monitoring Grants Analytical services for water quality monitoring performed by local volunteer groups. No funds are awarded.  Grants are in the form of free analytical services to support water quality monitoring programs addressing joint local and VTDEC needs.  Number of analyses available will depend on laboratory capacity for the requested test parameters River, lake or watershed associations; municipal conservation commissions or water quality committees; and secondary-level education classes. Post-secondary-level institutions or statewide groups are eligible under certain circumstances. Various Neil Kamman
802-490-6137
Watershed Management Division web site
variable
Loan Municipal Pollution Control Facilities planning and final design, facility enlargement, refurbishment, general pollution control, Stormwater projects, Municipalities to re-loan to homeowners for repair/replacement of their on-site systems Municipalities Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) Eric Blatt
802-585-4901
Facilities Engineering web site - grant information
 
Grant / Loan Municipal Pollution Control Construction of the pollution control facilities Municipalities State/CWSRF Eric Blatt
802-585-4901
Facilities Engineering web site - grant information
 
Grant Municipal Pollution Control Phosphorus Removal; Pollution Abatement; Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement; certain Sludge and Septage projects at Wastewater Treatment Facilities Municipalities State Eric Blatt
802-585-4901
Facilities Engineering web site - grant information
 
Grant Nonpoint Source Management Grants Activities to restore water quality or implement nonpoint source pollution controls in priority watersheds that are impaired or threatened by nonpoint source pollution Municipalities, other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations,
schools, universities and
colleges

EPA - Clean Water Act Section 319

Up to $50,000 per project

Rick Hopkins
802-490-6115
Watershed Management Division web site
variable
Grant Vermont Watershed (Conservation License Plate) Grants A wide variety of watershed projects are eligible, including protection, restoration and enhancement of habitat, water quality, recreation, and/or cultural/historic resources, and monitoring and education Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofits and citizen organizations are eligible to receive funding

Conservation License Plate Sales

A) <$1,000
B) up to $6,000

Rick Hopkins
802-490-6115 
Watershed Management Division web site
Fall
Grant Ecosystem Restoration Grants Projects designed to improve water quality, including but not limited to projects that: improve natural stream stability, incorporate the science of fluvial geomorphology in river corridor and floodplain management decisions, minimize flood hazards by protecting or restoring river corridors, floodplains, and wetlands, and improve in-stream and riparian habitat; mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff from developed land areas, including downtowns and gravel roads; promote green infrastructure** and low impact development practices; protect and restore riparian wetlands; re-establish lake shoreline native vegetation and related shoreline erosion corrections; directly address in-lake (internal) phosphorus loading conditions; and enhance the environmental sustainability of agricultural lands.
**Green Infrastructure is defined as strategically selected network of open spaces that conserve ecosystem functions and values that are beneficial to communities.
Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens groups. Internally generated DEC proposals may also be considered through this process. Individuals, for-profit entities, and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may partner with an eligible project sponsor.
Ecosystem Restoration and Protection Capital Funds - typical project budgets range between $10,000 and $75,000. Kari Dolan
802-490-6113
Watershed Management Division web site
Fall
             
Grant Watershed Protection Assistance Grants Runoff control, water quality improvement Governments, 501c3 groups, schools

Typically less than $5,000

Watershed Management Division web site variable
Grant Vermont Better Backroads Grants (1) correct an existing road erosion problem or (2) conduct a road erosion inventory and create a capital budget plan to fix the identified problems towns or private road associations

EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 and VT Legislature

Less than $7,000

Susan Warren
802-490-6134
Watershed Management Division web site
May of each year
Grant 604B Water Quality Planning Grants to Regional Planning Commissions The DEC is required to pass through to "regional comprehensive planning organizations" 40% of its annual federal Clean Water Act Section 604b allocation to conduct a variety of water-related planning activities 11 Regional Planning Commissions

EPA

$3,400
Rick Hopkins
802-490-6115
Watershed Management Division web site
variable
Grant / Loan Brownfields Funding Financial assistance for purchasers and owners of contaminated property that is to be redeveloped.   various Matthew Becker
802-249-5770
Waste Management Division web site Brownfields Grants & Loans
 
Ins./ Trust Fund Petroleum Cleanup Fund - UST Evaluation and cleanup of leaks of commercial and residential petroleum products from Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). The eligible party pays the first $10,000 (the deductible) in costs, and the fund pays up to $1 Million for each occurrence including the deductible.
Deductible is reduced to $250 for on-premises heating oil USTs less than 1100 gallons and residential motor fuel USTs less than 1100 gallons, and any size farm or residential on-premises heating oil UST
Owners and operators of USTs who participate in the program and do not have private insurance. Tax on motor fuels and tank assessments Chuck Schwer
802-249-5324
Waste Management web site -Sites Management Section
 
Ins. Petroleum Cleanup Fund - AST Evaluation and cleanup of leaks of commercial and residential petroleum products from Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) used for petroleum.  The deductible for commercial AST owners and operators is $1000, while the deductible is $250 for residential and farm tanks Aboveground storage tank owners that do not have private insurance to cover the costs of remediating a petroleum spill. Tax on motor fuels and tank assessments Chuck Schwer
802-249-5324
Waste Management web site -Sites Management Section
 
Ins. Environmental Contingency Fund (ECF) to provide alternative water supplies contaminated by hazardous wastes, and initiating spill control procedures, clean up of spills, investigations into actual or threatened releases, etc. This funding is implemented after reimbursement by the responsible parties has been pursued private persons and municipalities ECF Marc Roy
802-522-0275
Waste Management web site  
 
Grant Hazardous Wastes Facility Grant - ch159-6603g To assist the municipality in assessing the impacts of the proposed hazardous waste management facility within that municipality A municipality

various

variable amounts

802-828-1138
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information
variable
Grant Solid Waste - Implementation Grants Construction and/or purchase of solid waste facilities or equipment required to implement a solid waste implementation plan adopted under 24 V.S.A. §2202a.  Facilities and equipment for waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste collection are eligible Municipalities, solid waste districts and alliances with approved solid waste implementation plans

Capital Bill

limited amounts

802-828-1138
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information
ongoing
Grant Solid Waste - Landfill Closure Grants - Monitoring Well Installation/Replacement at Closed Landfills To assist in closure of unlined landfills. To assist in installation or replacement of landfill monitoring wells necessary to comply with the landfill’s post-closure monitoring requirements Municipalities and solid waste districts

Capital Bill

limited Amounts

802-828-1138
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information
ongoing
Grant Solid Waste Assistance Grants - General Solid waste management and related projects. Priority is given to projects that directly relate to the State's Solid Waste Plan Public and private entities SWMAF 802-828-1138
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information      
contact program
Grant Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Household hazardous waste Education and collection programs for household hazardous waste, conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste, and mercury-added consumer products Municipalities or solid waste districts/alliances SWMAF 802-828-1138
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information
contact program
Grant Solid Waste Assistance Grants - Community pollution prevention Pilot community wide projects on pollution prevention State, Municipalities and Solid Waste Districts SWMAF Cathy Jamieson
802-522-5938
Waste Management Division web site - Grants Information
contact program
Grants Farm and Residential Underground Heating Oil Tank Removal Grant This is a reimbursement program. Applicants are notified of award; tank is removed and environmental assessment is performed; applicant submits proof of payment and copies of invoices to receive reimbursement of up to $1000 Homeowners or farm owners; statute requires low-income applicants be given priority over other applicants

PCF

$1000

Marc Roy
Susan Thayer
802-522-0275
802-522-0487
Waste Management web site - UST Grant Application
June
Loan Underground Storage Tank Replacement and/or Upgrade Program Loans for replacement of UST systems are available to small retail stores selling less than 20,000 gallons of gasoline per month and to municipalities with populations under 2500.  The loans may be used only for the replacement of UST systems that were in existence on January 1, 1987.  Loans for upgrading of UST systems are available to any owner of a category one tank system, regardless of gasoline throughput.  The loans may be used to upgrade or replace faulty piping, secondary containment, release detection monitoring equipment and related purposes   PCF June Reilly
802-522-0231
Waste Management Division web site - UST home page
no deadlines
 


 
 
 
 

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