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Deerfield River Enhancement Fund Announces $14,000 in Grants Available for Environmental Preservation of the Watershed

South Branch of Deerfield River Looking East from Bridge

The Vermont Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts announce the 2019 grant cycle for the Deerfield River Enhancement Fund, which was established in 1999 for the environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed. Letters of intent are due Friday, May 31, 2019 and approximately $14,000 in grants will be awarded in 2019. The Fund is a partnership between the Vermont Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and Great River Hydro, LLC.

Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and units of local and regional government within Vermont and Massachusetts. Proposed projects must be located within the Deerfield River Basin or in towns with some portion falling within the basin. Projects must provide clear public benefits and contribute to the goals of enhancing low impact recreational, environmental education, or environmental protection opportunities directly related to the Deerfield River Watershed. Funds may be used for outdoor educational programs, including curriculum development and travel for students, interpretive materials and signs. For more information visit

For organizations wishing to apply, letters of inquiry for the 2019 grant cycle should be submitted via our online grants system no later than May 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified within a month after submitting a letter of intent if the evaluation committee would like to see a full proposal. The full proposal is due by August 2, 2019 and awards are scheduled to be made by November 29, 2019.