Upper Missisquoi and Trout River Wild & Scenic Committee

GRANT PROGRAM

About the Grants

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee is delighted to provide funding for projects, activities and infrastructure in the communities that our Wild and Scenic rivers flow through.

 

The Wild and Scenic River Community Grants and Town Infrastructure Grants are offered every year as part of the Wild & Scenic Committee annual budget. We are thrilled to support our many community partners in protecting and enhancing the quality and enjoyment of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers and their outstanding resources.

Successful applications address one or more of the outstandingly remarkable values and goals of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Management Plan.

  • Scenic and Recreational

    • swimming and paddling

    • wildlife viewing

    • fishing and hunting

    • hiking, biking and skiing 

  • Natural Resources

    • geology, including gorges and waterfalls

    • ecology, including endangered species​

  • Water Quality

  • Historic and Cultural

Projects must occur along or adjacent to the designated Wild and Scenic sections of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers.

Projects for the Wild and Scenic River Community Grant should be located in Lowell, Westfield, Troy, Jay, North Troy, Richford, Berkshire, Enosburgh, Enosburg Falls, and Montgomery. 

The municipalities of Westfield, Troy, North Troy, Richford, Berkshire, Enosburgh, Enosburg Falls, and Montgomery are eligible for Town Infrastructure Grants. 

Wild and Scenic River Community Grants

The Wild & Scenic River Community grants are intended to advance or support projects that protect and enhance the quality and enjoyment of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers and their outstanding resources.

Grant awards will typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.

For 2021, the UMATR Committee is particularly interested in advancing projects that pertain to our historic and cultural resources; such projects will be weighted with bonus points during review. Project applications addressing any of our ORVs will be considered, but we are hoping to emphasize historic and cultural resources in the coming year.

Examples of such projects may include: 

  • Compiling and publishing information about the history of our rivers 

  • Recognizing and celebrating Abenaki history, culture and ongoing stewardship 

  • Creating educational resources or activities to engage the public in sharing and learning about our community heritage

Due Date:

Email the completed Application and Checklist to info@vtwsr.org by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Town Infrastructure Grants

Grant awards of up to $5,000 will be made to municipalities for roadway and infrastructure improvements that will benefit our rivers as well as the communities they flow through. Successful projects will address the protection and enhancement of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers and their outstanding resources, with a specific emphasis on water quality.

We understand that towns have many demands on limited resources to maintain infrastructure. It is our hope that UMATR Town Infrastructure Grant funding will enable municipalities to use best management practices guided by sound river science improve water quality or natural resource protections along the Wild and Scenic sections of the rivers or tributaries within their jurisdiction.

 

Suggested projects include (but are not limited to) roadway, riverside and infrastructure improvements such as ditching, culvert replacements, riparian buffers, bank stabilization, and erosion control.

Due Date:

Email the completed Application and Checklist to info@vtwsr.org by Friday, April 2, 2021.

Still brainstorming? Please reach out and let us know what projects you have planned so we can provide resources!

2021 Town Infrastructure Grant Application (download editable Word Document)

2021 Town Infrastructure Grant Application (open in Google Docs, File>Make a copy to edit)

2021 Town Infrastructure Grant Application (download fillable PDF)

If electronic filing is a barrier to applying, please contact the Committee at 802-393-0076 to arrange an alternative. 

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