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Public Awareness and Engagement Survey

Grant to a Vermont, New York, or Quebec Nonprofit,
Business, or Agency for an Environmental Research Project

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Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 Receipt


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Grant to a Vermont, New York, or Quebec nonprofit organization, business, government agency, IHE, or citizen group for an environmental research project. The purpose of this program is to assess the efficacy of outreach and education efforts related to improving water quality.

The LCBP’s management plan Opportunities for Action calls for periodic public surveys to assess changes in the public’s knowledge and behavior. Because the partnership approach that characterizes much of the LCBP’s education and outreach work is essential in carrying out these programs, these surveys must be conducted in concert with the partners who collaborate in delivering programs. 

The survey should assess and benefit the efforts of the LCBP and their education and outreach partners. The survey should be broad in scope, in terms of geographic extent, range of issues, and demographics targeted. The survey will be designed to be repeatable so that the LCBP can administer it periodically to track changes in knowledge, perspective, and actions over time.

Project tasks and outputs

The goal of this project is to assess the knowledge of the general public about lake issues and engagement in watershed stewardship. The information gathered from the survey will be used to help guide the education and outreach efforts of the LCBP and our management partners. Specifically, the survey will address 1) the public’s knowledge of lake and watershed issues; 2) the source(s) of this knowledge, including organizations and media outlets and types of outreach delivery media and mechanisms; and 3) level of engagement, including volunteerism, participation in local watershed organizations, and behavior change. The survey should be conducted using best practices in survey technique and methodology, and should include a statistically representative sample of residents from New York, Vermont, and Quebec. Basic demographic information and information about how and where the public recreates or otherwise accesses the lake should be included to help target future outreach efforts.

For Tasks, Outputs, and Outcomes, see page 3 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188283

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that one successful project will be chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $120,000 is available to support this project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, private organizations, local communities, businesses and citizen groups.

Eligible organizations include colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and non-federal government agencies. The selected contractor will be responsible for the completion of all project tasks. Individuals and representatives from organizations that participated in the development or review of this RFP and its contents are ineligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Electronic versions of proposals must be received no later than: April 30, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2020.

- Proposals due to LCBP: March 30, 2020
- Applicants notified of funding decisions: Late April 2020
- Detailed project workplan due: June 1, 2020
- Project start date: July 6, 2020
- Project deliverables and draft final report due: January 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To receive a copy of the RFP via U.S. Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free at (800) 468-LCBP in New York and Vermont.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Ryan Mitchell
Communications and Publications Coordinator.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York;   Vermont

Canada: Quebec;

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