Agricultural Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag-CWIP) Grants
Local and regional partners play a vital role in the education, outreach, implementation and monitoring of conservation practices that will achieve reductions in nutrient runoff from agricultural operations. Additionally, partners provide a critical link between state agency programs, federal agency programs and landowners. The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (the Agency) is pleased to offer the Agricultural Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag-CWIP) grant funding opportunity to local and regional partners for the reduction of agricultural nutrient runoff throughout the State of Vermont. Funding for Ag-CWIP Grants is made possible through the Clean Water Fund, which was developed as part of Act 64, the Clean Water Act.
The Agency is calling for agricultural water quality program proposals that address the following priority outcomes to improve water quality in Vermont:
- Regulatory compliance and agricultural non-point source pollution reduction: Through increased awareness, technical assistance, education, and conservation practice implementation, the goal is to achieve compliance across Vermont farm operations with the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs), Medium and Large Farm Operation regulations. While regulatory compliance is a goal, the desired outcome related to regulatory compliance is both the reduction of agricultural non-point source pollution and the improvement of soil health. In addition to providing other benefits to farmers and the general public, soil health is correlated to the improvement of water quality on farms, and therefore soil health is a specific goal of the use of these funds.
- Economic and Environmental Viability on Vermont Farms: Farm viability and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. Economically viable farms are in a better position to afford the implementation of conservation practices and make on-farm improvements, some of which can provide long-term financial benefits back to the farm. Through farm business planning, technical and financial assistance as well as research and implementation of opportunities to increase the economic viability of farms in Vermont, farmers can make investments to lessen their impact on the environment. This is increasingly important as farms adapt to the on-farm phosphorus reduction strategies needed to meet nutrient management requirements and overall water quality goals.
- Attachment A: Budget spreadsheet: Include this spreadsheet with your application as an attachment in Excel format, not as a pdf file. Save File as "Budget_Organization_Applicant Name"
- Attachment B: Logic Model: Include this chart as an attachment to your proposal in PDF or Word format. Save file as “Logic Model_Organization_Applicant Name”
- Attachment C. Tracking and Reporting Requirements: This is not required for submission of the application but may be useful in the design of your proposal and will be required based on activity area for grant reporting.
- Attachment D. Certificate of Compliance: This is required to be submitted with your application. Save File as “Compliance_Organization_Applicant Name”.
- Attachment E. Standard State Provisions for Grants and Contracts: All applicants must agree to the Standard State Provisions for Grants and Contracts if awarded.
- Proposal Template: Use this template for your grant proposal.
Bid opening: The Request for Proposals will be released on November 17, 2017.
Informational Webinar Session: The Webinar occured on December 4th from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Question and Answer Period: All Questions were submitted by December 8, 2017.
FAQ: (updated 1-3-18) This summarizes all questions asked regarding the RFP as well as the Agency's responses.
Submittal: All proposals must be submitted electronically via email to AGR.WaterQuality@vermont.gov by close-of-business on January 10, 2018, using the subject line “Ag-CWIP-2018 RFP”
Notification: Proposal(s) preliminarily accepted are anticipated to be notified no later than February 10, 2018.