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Citizen Monitoring Grant Opportunities

2020 Citizen Water Monitoring Grants

(Applications due August 30, 2019)

DEQ is pleased to announce the 2020 Citizen Monitoring Grants. Grant funds will support volunteer monitoring activities from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. A final report is due on February 16, 2021. DEQ is offering three different types of grants. Applicants may apply to only one type of grant.

Mini-Grant (up to $1,000): Open only to applicants who have not received a DEQ citizen monitoring grant in the previous three years. The grantee must use at least one-third of the award for equipment and begin water monitoring before the end of the grant period.

Regular Grant (up to $5,000): Maximum award up to $5,000. Recommended to applicants already familiar with water quality monitoring. The applicant must submit a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) if a grant is awarded, and begin water monitoring before the end of the grant period.

Coordination Grant (up to $11,000): Open only to applicants who meet the following three conditions.

  1. Coordinate at least three member monitoring organizations that total 35 or more volunteers. A member monitoring organization is defined as an organization that collects water quality samples but uses the coordinator protocols or submits their data to the coordinating organization.
  2. Monitoring occurs at more than 50 sample sites.
  3. Monitoring occurs in three Virginia city and/or county localities. The grantee must submit a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), and begin water monitoring before the end of the grant period.

DEQ will only accept one application from a requesting group. Applications are due by August 30, 2019. A Microsoft Word copy of the grant package is available to fill out and submit by email.

2020 Citizen Monitoring Grant Application

Grants/Funding for Citizen Monitoring Activities

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
A searchable database to locate federal and other forms of financial aid (grants, loans, cost-sharing) to support a variety of watershed protection projects. To select funding programs for particular requirements, use either of two searches below. One is based on subject matter criteria, and the other is based on words in the title of the funding program.

Criteria searches include the type of organization (e.g., non-profit groups, private landowner, state, business), type of assistance sought (grants or loans), and keywords (e.g., agriculture, wildlife habitat).

Searches result in a listing of programs by name. Click on each program name to review detailed information on the funding source.

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund
This fund uses proceeds of the Chesapeake Bay License Plate. Applications are reviewed by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee. Applications must occur in sections of Virginia within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

EPA Environmental Education Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.

NFWF Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is soliciting proposals to restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. The Small Watershed Grants are awarded for projects that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

RBC Blue Water Project Grant
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is offering a series of grants to applicants who have water quality activities in the United States and other countries through their Blue Water ProjectTM. There are two types of grant applications available to the public:

Community Action Grants: Ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, these grants are focused on watershed protection and are available to local or community organizations in Canada, United States or the Caribbean.

Leadership Grants: Ranging from $10,001 to $100,000, these grants focus on watershed protection and/or access to safe drinking water and are available to local, regional, national or trans-border organizations for projects in any of the countries in which RBC is located, including Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and the UK.

Virginia Environmental Endowment
Virginia Program: Grant-making priorities in the Virginia Program are focused on water quality, Chesapeake Bay, land conservation and use, environmental education and awareness, and other emerging issues.

Kanawha and Ohio River Valleys Program: Currently limited to the Kanawha and Ohio River Valleys of Kentucky and West Virginia, this grant program supports research, education, and community action on water quality and the effects of water pollution on public health and the environment.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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