Ag Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag-CWIP)

Release Date: September 27, 2016
Application Due Date: 4:30 PM on November 3, 2016
All applications must be submitted electronically to: AGR.PhosphorusRFP@vermont.gov

 

VERMONT AG CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE PROGRAM (Ag-CWIP)

FUNDING TO SUPPORT STRATEGIES THAT REDUCE AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT LOSSES INTO WATERS OF THE STATE.

 

Quick Links

Complete Ag-CWIP RFP
Ag-CWIP FAQ Document
Application Information
Overview
Question & Answer Period
Grant Categories
Eligibility
 

Downloadable Documents & Helpful Links

 

Complete Ag-CWIP RFP

 

Ag-CWIP FAQ Document

 

Application Information

  • Deadline for Submission: November 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm
  • Application Notification: Late December, 2016
  • Estimated Project Start Date:  Mid-February, 2017
  • Grant Agreement Timelines are up to 24 months.

 

Overview

The purpose of this grant is to provide opportunities to undertake projects that will achieve reductions in nutrient runoff from farming operations, with a priority for phosphorus reductions statewide, and to meet the goals of Act 64, the Vermontricul Clean Water Act. Funding for these grants will come from the Clean Water Fund, which was set up as part of the Clean Water Act.

 

Available Funds: $888,000  

 

Question and Answer Period

 If you require clarification of any portion of this RFP, please submit specific questions in writing no later than October 11, 2016.  Questions may be emailed to AGR.PhosphorusRFP@vermont.gov . At the close of the question period a copy of all questions or comments and the Agency of Agriculture’s responses will be posted here on the Agency’s web site.  Every effort will be made to have these responses available on October 18, 2016, contingent on the number and complexity of the questions.

 

Grant Categories
 

1. Education, Outreach and Implementation

PURPOSE

The Education, Outreach and Implementation Grants provide up to $20,000 each to eligible groups to inform, promote and implement strategies that reduce agricultural nutrient losses into waters of the state. The program’s objective is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment on an agricultural water quality issue so that informed decisions and constructive actions will benefit waters of the state. Projects that address significant sources of agricultural nutrient losses and/or are located in a watershed that is listed as impaired are strongly encouraged.   

 

2. Organizational Development

PURPOSE

The Organizational Development Grants provide up to $20,000 each to support increased organizational capacity and long-term effectiveness of organizations working to help farmers understand and implement innovative farming practices to improve water quality. The intent of this grant category is to assist watershed organizations in the early stages of their development and/or to assist established watershed organizations in strengthening their organizational capacity. Projects that address significant sources of agricultural nutrient losses and/or are located in a watershed that is listed as impaired are strongly encouraged.   

 

3. Innovative Phosphorus Reduction Activities

PURPOSE

The Innovative Phosphorus Reduction Activities Grants do not have a preset dollar limit. The Agency is seeking not to inhibit ideas based on budget, but there is limited funding currently available. A phased approach budget will be required because we may only partially fund projects. Where appropriate the Agency may invest in the initial stages of larger proposals. Projects will be judged on their effectiveness for agricultural phosphorus removal and or phosphorus reduction in waters using innovative and or under-utilized activities/technologies that enhance BMP implementation.  Projects that address significant sources of agricultural nutrient losses and/or are located in a watershed that is listed as impaired are strongly encouraged.   

 

Eligibility

  • Farmers, farmers’ partners, agricultural engineering and or consulting firms, agricultural organizations and trade associations
  • Local government entities including municipal boards, commissions, or committees
  • Public or private schools or other educational institutions
  • Organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status, or citizen groups such as watershed or lake associations working in coordination with such an organization, that apply on their behalf and will manage the grant funds
  • State and Federal government agencies may collaborate with one of the above groups, but are not eligible to be the primary applicant under this grant program
  • Applicants must be in compliance with all state regulations (i.e. water quality, taxes, child support) and in good standing with the State of Vermont at the time of submitting an application and must remain so during the entire grant period

 

All applications must be submitted electronically to: AGR.PhosphorusRFP@vermont.gov