Restoration Grants List - Coastal Resilience

Beneficial Uses of Dredged Materials (CAP Section 204)

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Description and Eligible Activities: Work under this authority provides for the use of dredged material from new or existing Federal projects to protect, restore, or create aquatic and ecologically related habitats, including wetlands.
Eligible Applicants: Conservation District, Local Government, Nonprofit Groups, State/Territorial Agency, Water and Wastewater Utilities.
Application Deadline: None
Typical grant size: $50,000 to $5 million; median $400,000
Additional notes: The cost share is 75% Federal and 25% non-Federal of the incremental cost above the least cost method of dredged material disposal consistent with engineering and environmental criteria. The Federal share of planning, design, and construction cannot exceed $10 million.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, salt marsh, fish run
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CZM Coastal Resilience Grant Program

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Description and Eligible Activities: The Coastal Resilience Grant Program provides financial and technical support for local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, plan for changing conditions, redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and implement non-structural approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. Grants are available for a range of coastal resilience approaches—from planning, public outreach, feasibility assessment, and analysis of shoreline vulnerability to design, permitting, construction, and monitoring.
Eligible Applicants: The Coastal Resilience Grant Program is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone. Certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public are also eligible for funding for natural storm-damage protection (or green infrastructure) projects. Please see the website for more details.
Estimated Application Deadline: Unknown.
Anticipated FY 2017 Level of Funding: Unknown. In FY 2016, CZM awarded over $2.2 million in grants with an average award of $140,000. Applicants were required to provide at least 25% of the total project cost. The match could be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of the two.
Additional Notes: Release RFR in April. Estimated $2 million in funding, max of $500,000 per project.
Contact: Patricia Bowie, patricia.bowie@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1186
Eligible project type: coastal resilience, salt marsh
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Dam, Levee and Seawall Repair or Removal Grants

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Description and Eligible Activities: Under a bill signed into law in 2013 (M.G.L. c. 29, §2IIII and regulations issued under 301 CMR 15.00), EEA provides funding in the form of grants and loans to finance the costs to rebuild, remove or refinance structures falling into one of the three categories of structures cited in the law: dams or similar unregulated structures; coastal infrastructure; and levees. By executing loans EEA ensures the funds are recycled through repayments of bond principle and interest in order to provide ongoing funding for other projects in future years. The program addresses the growing need to repair dams, coastal flood control structures and inland flood control structures that pose a risk to public health, public safety and key economic centers. Increasing the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure is a particularly important facet of project selection in the face of increasingly extreme weather impacts.
Eligible Applicants: any local governmental body, charitable organization or private entity, as described in the regulations.
Application Deadline: July
Request Limit: Design and permitting: Up to $200,000 Dams/Inland Flood control structures or $500,000 for Seawall and coastal flood protection. Construction projects: Up to $1 million Dams/Inland Flood control structures or $3 million for Seawall and coastal flood protection. FY2014 Spending: $13 million
Contact: Marissa Fimiani, marissa.fimiani@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1133
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run
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Emergency Watershed Protection

Agency: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Description and Eligible Activities: The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program helps protect lives and property threatened by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and wildfires. EWP provides funding for such work as clearing debris from clogged waterways, restoring vegetation, and stabilizing river banks. The measures that are taken must be environmentally and economically sound and generally benefit more than one property owner. EWP also provides funds to purchase floodplain easements as an alternative (in lieu of recovery) to the normal emergency recovery measure. Floodplain easements restore, protect, maintain, and enhance the functions of the floodplain; conserve natural values including fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention, ground water recharge, and open space; reduce long-term federal disaster assistance; and safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion. EWP cost-share rate is paid at a 75/25% ratio, but can provide up to 90% cost share if an area qualifies as a limited resource area, as determined by the federal, state, and local census data.
Eligible Applicants: Conservation District, Local Government, Private Landowner, State/Territorial Agency. Tribal Agency.
Application Deadline: N/A: Funds are issued on an emergency basis only. The sponsor has 60 days to request assistance from the time of an emergency declaration.
Typical Grant Size: $5,000 to $4 million, median $500,000
Additional Notes: Each EWP project, with the exception of floodplain easements (where private landowners work directly with NRCS), requires a sponsor that applies for the assistance. A sponsor can be any legal subdivision of state or local government, including local officials of city, county, or state governments, Native American tribes, soil conservation districts, U.S. Forest Service, and watershed authorities. The community or local sponsor of the work pays 25% of the project cost, which can be provided by cash or in-kind services. NRCS will pay up to 100% of the costs associated with the purchase and restoration of a floodplain easement.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run, salt marsh
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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), co-administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Description: The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes available Federal funds to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Federally-recognized tribes, Local governments/communities
Application Deadline FY 2016: May (state deadline)
FY 2016 Funding: $199,000,000 available nationwide
FY 2016 Grant Size: 200 awards projected nationally
Contact: Sarah White, sarah.white@state.ma.us, (508) 820-2053
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience
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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), co-administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Description: The HMGP is a post-disaster mitigation grant with funding made available statewide as a result of a federal disaster declaration. As well as minimizing overall risk to lives and property, funding for hazard mitigation plans and projects is also intended to reduce the need for the reliance on taxpayer-funded federal assistance for disaster recovery. Sub-applicants may be eligible to apply for funding to cover projects including storm-water upgrades, drainage and culvert improvements, property acquisition, slope stabilization, infrastructure protection, seismic and wind retrofits, structure elevations, etc.
Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Federally-recognized tribes, Local governments/communities, Certain private non-profit organizations
MA DR-4214 Funding: Estimated Federal share is $21 million
MA DR-4214 Grant Size: 41 sub-applications submitted to MEMA/DCR
Additional notes from workshop: Must have approved FEMA hazard mitigation plan to be eligible.
Contact: Sarah White, sarah.white@state.ma.us, (508) 820-2053
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, stormwater, salt marsh
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MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grants

Agency: Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)-Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays)
Description and Eligible Activities: The Healthy Estuaries Grant Program dedicates funds to support local progress on protecting, restoring, and enhancing estuarine habitats (e.g. seagrass beds, salt marshes, beaches) and informing management efforts to reduce stressors (e.g. wastewater, stormwater, habitat fragmentation). Filling a perceived funding gap between development of a concept for improving estuarine conditions and its implementation MassBays directs monies to planning, assessment, and prioritization to advance well thought-out and resilient restoration and resource management projects. The MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant Program provides funding to coastal communities from Salisbury to Provincetown for initiatives in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay that support the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.
Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts cities and towns; academic institutions; Regional Planning Agencies, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations
Estimated Application Deadline: Early 2017.
Anticipated FY 2017 Level of Funding: $150,000. Applicants are required to provide at least 25% of the total project cost as cash, in-kind services, or a combination of the two.
Contact: Prassede Vella, prassede.vella@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1217
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, stormwater, fish run, coastal resilience, other
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Mass Wildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP)

Agency: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Description and Eligible Activities: Designed to provide financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of protected lands to support active habitat management while fostering partnerships to encourage landscape scale habitat management and expand public recreation on conserved lands. Objectives are to improve habitat for game species, manage habitat for Species of Greatest conservation need as identified in the MA state Wildlife Action Plan, and to expand public recreational opportunities on conserved lands.
Eligible Applicants: Owners of private and municipal conserved lands in Massachusetts. Conserved land is defined as property protected in fee or by a conservation restriction, land enrolled in 61, 61A/B, or has a current Landowner Incentive Program covenant.
Application Deadline: November
Typical Grant Size: $10,000 to $50,000
Additional Notes: No match commitment required.
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, coastal resilience, other
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NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Description: The primary focus of this grants program is to develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration actions. Grant solicitation is to support projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: 1) strengthen the resilience of U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather; and 2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources. Six Projects were funded in 2015 for a total of $4 million including $300,000 for Muddy Creek, Harwich. An additional six projects were funded in 2016 including $522,000 for the Cape Cod Commission proposal to develop a tool for towns to identify strategies and develop adaption plans.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities, and local, state, and tribal governments.
Typical Application Deadline: August
Request Limit: Award amounts 2016 range from $100,000 to $2 million for projects lasting up to 36 months. Cost sharing through cash or in-kind matches is expected. Requires 2:1 ration of federal to non-federal match. Typical award range $250,000 to $750,000.
Annual Spending: Up to $8.5 million in funding available.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run, salt marsh
Website: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/coastalresiliency.html

NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Description:This grant funds habitat restoration projects that aid in recovery of listed species (such as salmon and coral), sustain fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and their prey, and/or restore coastal ecosystems and improve coastal resiliency. The aim is to support fish habitat restoration projects that use an ecosystem-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish populations.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local and Native American tribal governments.
Typical Application Deadline: March
Request Limit:: Grant funding range $100,000 to $4 million over 1-3 years. Typical award $300,000 to $1.5 million.
Annual Spending: up to $5 million available for selected projects
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, stormwater, fish run, coastal resilience
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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program

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Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), co-administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Description: The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes available Federal funds to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Funds can be used for hazard mitigation planning and implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.
Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Federally-recognized tribes, Local governments/communities
Application Deadline: May
FY 2016 Funding: $90 million available nationwide; $4 million limit on project budgets (Federal share), $575,000 state set-aside
FY 2016 Grant Size: Each state is limited to a total of 18 sub-applications (of the 18, no more than 8 sub-applications for projects); 200 awards projected nationally
Contact: Sarah White, sarah.white@state.ma.us, (508) 820-2053
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, salt marsh, stormwater
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Project Modifications for Improvement of the Environment (CAP Section 1135)

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Description and Eligible Activities: Work under this authority provides for modifications in the structures and operations of water resources projects constructed by the Corps of Engineers to improve the quality of the environment. Additionally, the Corps may undertake restoration projects at locations where an existing Corps project has contributed to the degradation. The primary goal of these projects is ecosystem restoration with an emphasis on projects benefiting fish and wildlife. The project must be consistent with the authorized purposes of the project being modified, environmentally acceptable, and complete within itself.
Eligible Applicants: Conservation District, Local Government, Nonprofit Groups, State/Territorial Agency, Water and Wastewater Utilities.
Application Deadline: None
Typical Grant Size: $50,000 to $5 million; median $200,000
Additional Notes: State or local government officials should consult the nearest District Engineer regarding specific problems and the possibility of remedial action under this program. An environmental assessment in accordance with NEPA is also required. The cost share is 75% Federal and 25% non-Federal. The Federal share of planning, design, and construction cannot exceed $10 million per project.
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, coastal resilience
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Small Flood Damage Reduction Projects (CAP section 205)

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Description and Eligible Activities: Work under this authority provides for local protection from flooding by the construction or improvement of structural flood damage reduction features such as levees, channels, and dams. Non-structural alternatives are also considered and may include measures such as installation of flood warning systems, raising and/or flood proofing of structures, and relocation of flood prone facilities.
Eligible Applicants: Conservation District, Local Government, Nonprofit Groups, State/Territorial Agency, Water and Wastewater Utilities.
Application Deadline: None
Typical Grant Size: $50,000 to $8.5 million; median $500,000
Additional Notes: State or local government officials should consult the nearest District Engineer regarding specific problems and the possibility of remedial action under this program. An environmental assessment in accordance with NEPA is also required. For structural flood damage reduction projects-the non-Federal sponsor is responsible for a minimum of 35% to a maximum of 50% of total project costs and the Federal Government is responsible for the remainder of total project costs. For non-structural flood damage reduction projects - the cost share is 65% Federal and 35% non-Federal. The Federal share of planning, design, and construction cannot exceed $10 million per project.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Description and Eligible Activities: The coastal program is the Service’s primary conservation tool for voluntary, citizen and community-based fish and wildlife habitat conservation. The program provides technical and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private land. Coastal program staff work closely with project partners to develop and implement projects. The goals of the program are to conserve habitat, broaden and strengthen partnerships, improve information sharing and communications, enhance our workforce, and increase accountability to ensure program resources are used efficiently and effectively. Priority will be given to projects that: are on or near National Wildlife Refuge lands; improve habitat for Federal trust or other priority species; adress coastal resiliency, expand priority habitats, reduce habitat fragmentation, establish conservation buffers and provide wildlife movement corridors for federal trust and other priority species; address regional strategic plans and priorities; and are self-sustaining projects.
Eligible Applicants: State, county and local governments, nonprofits, small businesses, Native American tribal governments, individuals, for profit organizations, and public and private institutions of higher education. The Cape Cod focus area includes the waters, shoreline, coastal ponds, and adjacent upland areas on the Cape, in Buzzard’s Bay and on the south side of Cape Cod (Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound and the islands).
Estimated Application Deadline: Potential projects are actively identified through the federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30).
Typical Grant Size: Maximum award $500,000
Additional Notes: Cost sharing is not required but program strives to achieve a 1:1 cost share on selected projects.
Eligible project type: salt marsh, fish run, coastal resilience, other
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