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Restoration Grants List - Fish Runs

Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (CAP Section 206)

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Description and Eligible Activities: The Corps of Engineers can carry out aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection projects. An ecosystem restoration project under Section 206 can be initiated upon receipt of a request from a prospective project sponsor. There is no requirement that an existing Corps project be involved. Projects generally include manipulation of the hydrology in and along bodies of water, including wetlands and riparian areas. A project is adopted for construction only after a detailed investigation determines that the project will improve the quality of the environment and is in the best interest of the public.
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 $380,000
Additional Notes: The initial study is 100% federally funded up to $100,000. All planning costs after the first $100,000 are cost shared 50/50. All design and construction costs are cost shared 65% Federal and 35% non-Federal. The Federal cost limit is $10 million. 
Contact: Section 206 project requests should be directed to (309) 794-5704 or email customeroutreach@usace.army.mil.
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other
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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: All project planning costs are 100% federally funded. The cost share for design and construction is 65% Federal and 35% 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 $5 million.
Contact: Section 204 project requests should be directed to (309) 794-5853 or email cemvr-outreach-web@usace.army.mil.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, salt marsh, fish run
Website: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Business-With-Us/Outreach-Customer-Service/Ecosystem-Restoration/Section-204/

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Bring Back the Natives

Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Description and Eligible Activities: Funds on-the-ground efforts to restore native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations that seek to rehabilitate streamside and watershed habitats. Projects should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians that originally inhabited the waterways across the country. Funding for the program is administered through NFWF from federal agencies cooperating to support this program.
Eligible Applicants: Community/watershed groups, conservation districts, educational institutions, federal agencies, local governments, nonprofit groups, state/territorial agencies, tribal agencies.
Application Deadline: Proposal due June/July, full proposal due August/September.
Typical grant size: median award is $60,000; range is $25,000 to $100,000
Additional Notes: Priority for funding for eastern U.S. rivers is given for native fishes, including Brook trout and River herring (especially in the Penobscot River)
Contact: Cara Rose, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Western Partnership Office, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 950, Portland, OR 97204. Phone: 503-417-8700 x6008. Easygrants Helpdesk: easygrants@nfwn.org or Voicemail to 202-595-2497.
Potential Project Types: fish run, salt marsh, other
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Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Grant Program

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Description and Eligible Activities: The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, a planning and technical assistance unit of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, makes funding available to assist eligible Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities to meet the goals and objectives of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. Grant categories typically include the protection of open space, rare and endangered species habitat, and freshwater and saltwater wetlands, projects to help restore tidally restricted salt marshes, to develop designs and remediate stormwater discharges threatening water quality, monitoring to establish the effectiveness of previously funded Buzzards Bay NEP projects, to construct pumpout facilities, to digitize wetland boundaries approved in permits, to assist in the monitoring of water quality to prioritize stormwater remediation, to address problems in migratory fish passage, and to implement other recommendations contained in the watershed management plan for Buzzards Bay.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible towns include Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, Carver, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed.
Typical Application Deadline: Varies. Grants are dependent on funding EEA-CZM received from the EPA.
Request Limit: Typically $35,000.
Annual Spending: $130,000
Additional Notes:

  • Buzzards Bay NEP often serve as co-applicants on proposals and can provide technical support and assistance with drafting proposals to other agencies on case by case basis.
  • Grants are typically released in April, however in 2018, a second round was announced on August 1. The RFR and other details on the program may be found at the CommBuys website
  • Municipalities may submit any number of applications and they may receive more than one grant, within the total annual grant allowance.

Contact: Sarah Williams, sarah.williams@state.ma.us, (508) 291-3625 x13 Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other Website

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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: Late Spring
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.
Additional Notes: Two financing opportunities available; 1) RFR ENV 18 DS 01- a grant program to support the completion of designs and permit applications to repair or remove dams, seawalls and other coastal infrastructure, and levees. 2) RFR ENV 18 DS 02- a grant and/or loan program to support the construction phase of repair or removal of dams, seawalls and other coastal infrastructure, and levees. The RFPs remain posted to the state RFR site, https://www.commbuys.com/bso/for reference.
Contact: William Hinkley, william.hinkley@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1177
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run
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Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Fish and Wildlife Service-National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) Project Funding

Agency: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Description and Eligible Activities: The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture is requesting project proposals that restore and conserve habitat necessary to support healthy and productive populations of wild brook trout. All proposed projects must be developed in coordination with the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sponsoring Office. Awarded funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation projects and related design and monitoring activities. They may not be used for acquisition in fee or easement. All projects must have a minimum of a 1:1 funding from partner contributions.
Requires that an applicant be a registered member on the website.
The funding folder for the year provides application requirements. Requirements in the past have been:

  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Support from the State Fisheries Management Agency
  3. Photographs and Photograph Release Form
  4. Coordination with the Service’s Sponsoring Office

Eligible Applicants: State, Federal, and local agencies; tribes; non-governmental organizations; corporations; academia; industry; and individuals.
Application Deadline: September
Typical Grant Size: maximum of $50,000.
Contact: Steve Perry, Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, 603-528-1371, ebtjv.coordinator@gmail.com Potential Project Types: fish run
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Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)

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 up to 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 (only for easements), 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. The parent schedule is released the first quarter of each fiscal year (October-December).
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.
Contact: Shawn Anderson, National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Coordinator, (202) 720-5795.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run, salt marsh
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Agency: USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Description and Eligible Activities: Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices or activities like conservation planning that address natural resource concerns on their land to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and other related natural resources. Payments are made to implement approved conservation practices or to help develop Conservation Activity Plans to address specific land use issues.
Eligible Applicants: Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Native American tribes and veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advance payment of up to 50% to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.
Applicants must:

  • Be agricultural producer
  • Control or own eligible land
  • Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
  • Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations

Estimated Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round, but are ranked and funded periodically. Check this website again or call your local NRCS office for the next ranking cut-off date.
Typical Grant Size: Payment limit is set at $450,000
Annual funding: 2017 funded at 1.6 million, with. Massachusetts receiving $6,021.
Additional Notes:

  • Advance payment available for socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Native American tribes, and veterans are available up to 50% of project cost.
  • Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented.
  • Contracts can last up to ten years.

Contact: NRCS Field Offices, Massachusetts Potential Project Types: fish run, other Website

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Massachusetts Environmental Trust

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Description and Eligible Activities: The Trust supports cooperative efforts to restore, protect, and improve water and water-related resources of the Commonwealth. Grant funds are generated through the sale of environment themed license plates. MET’s goal is to encourage development of new approaches and ideas to spur innovation. Examples of the kinds of projects are those that address concerns such as: point and non-point source pollution; water conservation; freshwater and saltwater monitoring; endangered and threatened species and habitat; human health issues related to dredging; environmental education projects related to water resources; low income or environmental justice community projects; and research on emerging environmental issues.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible organizations generally include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Unincorporated organizations may apply provided that they have an eligible fiscal sponsor.
Estimated Application Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due in October, invited proposals due in March.
Typical Grant Size: $10,000 to $40,000 per year for up to three years
FY 18 Spending: $505,000
FY18 Grant Sizes: $10,000-$94,375, with most grants between $20,000 - $40,000
Additional Notes:

  • Two step application process: 1) LOI, 2) Proposal.
  • Funded projects include ecosystem restoration, endangered species, and water resources.
  • Next grant round will be for FY19 with start date July 2018.

Contact: Kim Tilas, kim.tilas@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1037
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other
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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: Fall
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.
2018 Funding: Up to $110,000. Requests for funding $8,000 - $35,000 per project. Requires a non-federal match equal to or exceeding 25% of total project cost.
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: October/November
Typical Grant Size: $10,000 to $50,000
Contact: James Burnham, Mass Wildlife Program Coordinator, James.Burnham@state.ma.us, 508-389-6343
Additional Notes: No match commitment required.
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, coastal resilience, other
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NOAA Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Grants

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Description: The primary focus of this grant program is to support projects that strengthen the resilience of U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems, and associated economies, and decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather events and climate related hazards. The program will support two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities through activities that improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions and habitat restoration activities that improve coastal resilience. High priority will be given to projects that result in socio-economic benefits, restore habitat for Listed or Managed species, implement on-the-ground restoration actions within 24 months, and demonstrate collaboration across multiple stakeholders.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities, and local, state, and tribal governments.
Application Deadline: March
Request Limit: Award amounts no less than $100,000 and no greater than $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. Award range $200,000 to $1,500,000. Annual Spending: In 2017, $13.8 million was awarded.
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, fish run, salt marsh
Additional Notes: In 2017, NOAA received more than 167 proposals. NOAA grants are in high demand. Coastal Resilience Grants are benefiting around 550 communities in 20 states and are restoring almost 3,500 acres of habitat.
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NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants

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.
Application Deadline: April
Request Limit: Grant funding range $75,000 to $3 million over 1-3 years. Typical award $300,000 to $1.5 million.
Annual Spending: up to $3 million available for selected projects
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, stormwater, fish run, coastal resilience
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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.
Contact: Section 1135 project requests should be directed to (309) 794-5853 or email cemvr-outreach-web@usace.army.mil.
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.
Contact: John Kennelly, Chief, Planning Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. For more information call Chris Hatfield of the Special Studies Section at 978-318-8520.
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; address 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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Watershed Rehabilitation Program (Dam Decommissioning)

Agency: USDA, NRCS
Description and Eligible Activities: This program provides a 65% Federal cost-share to rehabilitate aging dams that were originally constructed either through Public Law-566, Public Law-534, Pilot Watershed Program authorized under the Department of Agriculture Appropriation Act of 1954, or through the Resource Conservation & Development program. The purpose for rehabilitation is to extend the service life of dams and bring them into compliance with current and applicable safety and performance standards or to decommission the dams so they no longer pose a threat to life and property.
Eligible Applicants: Conservation District, Local Government, State/Territorial Agency. Tribal Agency.
Application Deadline: Anytime
Typical Grant Size: $100,000 to $3.5 million; median $350,000. Funded $12 million in 2017.
Additional Notes: Only dams originally constructed with assistance from the following four programs are eligible for dam rehabilitation assistance (or decommissioning): Public Law 83-566, Public Law 78-534, Pilot Watershed Program authorized under the Department of Agriculture Appropriation Act of 1954, and the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program authorized by the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981. In 2017, 6 dam projects in MA were funded for rehab, 2 in Worcester, one in Middlesex County, 3 unknown.
Potential Project Types: fish run
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