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MassBays Program Announces RFR for 2014 Research and Planning Grants

The Massachusetts Bays Program is seeking proposals for the 2014 Research and Planning Grant Program. Eligible projects include research and planning initiatives that advance program priorities. A total of up to $100,000 is available for estuarine protection and restoration initiatives located within the five regions and 50 coastal communities in the MassBays Program planning area. This includes the Cape Cod region which includes 11 communities which border Cape Cod Bay (Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne).

Up to $20,000 may be requested for each project and a minimum of 25 percent match of the total project cost (cash or in-kind) must be provided. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2014. For more information, see the MassBays Program webpage . To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number ENV 14 CZM 04 . Applications are due by November 22.

For questions relating to the MassBays Program’s Research and Planning Grant Program, please contact Ms. Prassede Vella.

The Cape Cod region of the MassBays Program is hosted by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC). The Regional Coordinator for Cape Cod, Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, is available to assist applicants. Please contact Jo Ann at (508) 362-4226 ext. 16 or jmuramoto@apcc.org.

The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is one of 28 National Estuary Programs designated under the federal Clean Water Act to protect and restore impaired estuaries of national significance. The MassBays Program was designated in 1990 to protect and restore the coastal ecosystems and coastal heritage of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, highlighting the region as an estuary of national significance. The MassBays Program is a partnership between regional organizations, the state Office of Coastal Zone Management, and EPA. This partnership works together to promote coastal restoration and protection throughout the 50 coastal communities within the program area.

Geographic area and communities covered by the Massachusetts Bays Program.

MassBays Structure and Mission

Led by a Management Committee representing federal and state agencies, local government, nonprofit organizations, and business, MassBays provides grants to Regional Service Providers in each of five regions to carry out work in consultation with local governance committees. Through these regional connections, MassBays facilitates partnerships to prompt local, state, and federal action and stewardship, by convening stakeholders on the local and regional level, providing scientific basis for management decisions, and informing decision makers about problems and solutions. Learn more about MassBays here.

Goals of the Cape Cod Region

APCC has been the regional service provider to MassBays since 2006. Our goals are to:

  1. Expand temporal and spatial extent of open shellfish beds and enhance protection and restoration efforts.
  2. Restore tidally-restricted salt marshes and protect salt marsh habitat.
  3. Restore and protect diadromous fish habitat to help rebuild threatened fish populations.
  4. Improve water quality in order to protect and restore habitat of important coastal species.
  5. Prepare for and understand the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and communities and enhance education and adaptation efforts.

What We Do

To achieve these goals, APCC works with the local governance committee for the MassBays Program on Cape Cod, which is the Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee (CRC), and with many other local, regional, state and federal partners. We help communities to restore and protect coastal habitat through the following activities:



Our MassBays Program achievements include the following:

APCC's grant-writing assistance and support has helped to bring in an estimated $2.8 million in grant support to Cape Cod Bay towns and organizations, not including the $6.5 million in ARRA funding for the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project nor grants to APCC.


Whether or not they are located in the MBP area, all Cape Cod towns have similar coastal issues and needs: nutrient loading of coastal embayments and other water quality impacts, wastewater management, protection and restoration of shellfish areas and aquaculture, restoration and protection of coastal habitat, stormwater management, growth management, protection of water resources, and most recently, climate change impacts, particularly coastal erosion. To address these needs, APCC works with many partners, including but not limited to, the following: