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Restoration Grants List - Other

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 $5 million. 
Contact: Section 206 project requests should be directed to (309) 794-5853 or email cemvr-outreach-web@usace.army.mil.
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other

Bring Back the Natives/More Fish Grant Program

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: annual deadlines: preproposal due January, full proposal due March.
Typical grant size: median award is $60,000; range is $20,000 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
503-417-8700 x6008
Potential Project Types: fish run, salt marsh, other

Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Minigrant

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, to provide support for mapping stormwater drainage networks, 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: July 1 each year
Request Limit: Typically $35,000
Annual Spending: $150,000

    Additional Notes:
  • 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.
  • April is timing for release of next grant – will be posted on CommBuys.
  • In addition to the mini-grant program they also administer EPA SNEP grants, though they may do less of this in the future.

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

Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grants

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) - Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Description and Eligible Activities: The CPR program provides funding to municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal watershed to address stormwater runoff pollution and boat-waste from commercial vessels. Eligible projects include stormwater pollutant identification and assessment; Best Management Practices (BMPs) selection, design, permitting and construction; and commercial boat-waste pumpout projects.
Eligible Applicants: Municipalities in the Massachusetts coastal watershed. Projects must focus on waters that directly connect to the coast (i.e., inland ponds/lakes with no flow connection to coastal waters through day-lighted or culverted streams, or impacts to groundwater, are not eligible project areas). List of all 219 eligible communities. Estimated Application Deadline: September
Average Grant Size: $20,000 to $60,000 for assessment /design grants; $50,000 to $125,000 (maximum) for construction
Average Number of Grants funded: 4 to 7
FY 2016 Spending: $400,000
Anticipated FY 2017 Spending: $400,000

    Additional Notes:
  • Require 25% match
  • Release RFR in summer, awards made in the fall, project must be completed by June 30th. Therefore, short turn-around time for project completion. Typically just 6 months but they frequently support project over multiple years by funding sequential pieces of a bigger project broken down into chunks to be completed each year (i.e. feasibility studies, planning/design, implementation).
Contact: Adrienne Pappal, adrienne.pappal@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1218 or Cristina Kennedy, cristina.kennedy@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1231
Potential Project Types: stormwater, other

Environmental Solutions for Communities Initiative

Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Description and Eligible Activities: This opportunity is designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. This 5-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million. Funding priorities for this program include: (1) supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; (2) conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; (3) restoring and managing natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; (4) facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and (5) encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation.
Eligible Applicants: community/watershed groups, cooperative associations or districts, irrigation and drainage districts, local governments, nonprofit groups, state/territorial agencies, tribal agencies.
Application Deadline: December
Typical Grant Size: $25,000 to $100,000; median $40,000
Additional Notes: Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Match of 1:1 or greater in non-federal funds is required.
Contact: Carrie.clingan@nfwf.org, 202-595-2471
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other

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:
  • 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: Contact local USDA service center
Typical Grant Size: Payment limit is set at $450,000

    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.
Potential Project Types: fish run, other

Land Conservation Grants

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Division of Conservation Services (DCS)
Description and Eligible Activities: The Division of Conservation Services provides grants to assist in acquiring land for natural resources and passive outdoor recreation (LAND Program), acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation (PARC Program), protect public drinking water supplies (Drinking Water Supply Protection Program), purchasing large, unique, unfragmented conservation and working landscapes (Landscape Partnership Program), and acquisition, development, or renovation of parks or conservation areas (Land and Water Conservation Fund Program).
Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts entities; specific to each grant program
Estimated Application Deadline: Summer and Fall
Typical Request Limit: specific to each grant program

    Additional Notes:
  • Release RFR in April or May each year.
  • Encourage bigger projects.
  • Some grant programs are open to non-profit applicants but primarily for municipalities. They are starting to move toward incorporating climate change in program goals.

Contacts: Emmanuel Owusu, emmanuel.owusu@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1187
Melissa Cryan, melissa.cryan@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1171
Potential Project Types: other

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.
FY 2016 Spending: $480,000
Typical Grant Size: $10,000 to $40,000 per year for up to three years
Anticipated FY 2017 Spending: $300,000

    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 FY18 with start date July 2017.

Contact: Kim Tilas, kim.tilas@state.ma.us, (617) 626-1037
Potential Project Types: salt marsh, fish run, stormwater, other

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

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

North Atlantic Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
NAWCA Standard Grant
Description: The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated upland habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Grant aims to: protect, restore, or enhance wetland and associated upland migratory bird habitats throughout the country; promote long term protection of acquired habitats for birds and other wetland-dependent species; catalyze conservation partnerships, bringing together federal, state, non-profit, and private organizations and individuals; and support conservation of priority migratory bird species in the U.S., including waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and landbirds.
Application Deadlines: February and July
Request Limit: Grants between $75,000 and $1 million. Requires at minimum 1 to 1 match.
Annual Spending: $47 million in 2015
Contact: Stacy Sanchez (stacy_sanchez@fws.gov) 703-358-2017 for general information. Aimee Weldon (aimee_weldon@fws.gov) Joint Venture Coordinator for Atlantic Coast for proposal development. Note: Joint venture coordinator’s prioritization of NAWCA proposals from their geographic region is a key element in the selection process.
Potential Project types: salt marsh, other

NAWCA Small Grant

Description: The Small grants program gives preferences to grantees new to NAWCA with smaller-scale, long-term wetlands conservation projects that may not be competitive in the U.S. Standard grants program due to their size. This program is used as a catalyst in developing pool of grantees and partners for the U.S. Standard grants. Funds support projects to protect, restore, or enhance wetland and associated upland migratory bird habitat. Proposals must be for on-the ground projects. Preference is given to projects that are part of, or complements, another project or is part of a broader conservation initiative. Land acquisitions as well as enhancement and restoration projects on private lands allowable.
Application Deadline: November
Request Limit: Grants of less than $75,000. Matching required.
Annual Spending: $3 million in 2015
Contact: Rodecia McKnight (rodecia_mcknight@fws.gov) 703-358-2266, small grants coordinator. Aimee Weldon (aimee_weldon@fws.gov) Joint Venture Coordinator for Atlantic Coast for proposal development. Note: Joint venture coordinator’s prioritization of NAWCA proposals from their geographic region is a key element in the selection process.
Potential Project types:
salt marsh, other Website

Pulling Together Initiative

Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Federation
Description and Eligible Activities: Provides modest grants to help local communities effectively manage invasive plants. The program will award grants that will develop cooperative weed management areas (CWMA), support significant advances of existing CWMAs, develop or strengthen prevention and early detection/rapid response efforts, enhance education, and assist awareness projects to reduce or eliminate invasive plant species.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations (or their international equivalents); state and federal government agencies; local governments; Native American tribes; and educational institutions.
Application Deadline: Pre-proposal due in August, full proposal due in September
Typical Grant Size: $25,000 to $200,000

    Additional Notes:
  • Funding is provided by the BLM, FWS, USDA Forest Service
  • All awards must be matched by non-federal contributions from project partners, either cash or in-kind, on at least a 1:1 basis.
  • Projects should be completed within 2-years of final grant agreement.

Potential Project Types: other

State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program (Clean Water & Drinking Water)

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Description and Eligible Activities: Provides subsidized loans to assist municipalities and water and wastewater districts in the implementation of capital projects that protect, enhance or mitigate water quality and public health.
Eligible Applicants: Any Massachusetts water district, wastewater district or municipality
Estimated Application Deadline: August
Average Loan Size: $4 million
Average # of Loans: 70 to 100 loans
Annual Spending: $400 to $475 million

    Additional notes:
  • This is a loan program not a grant.
  • Solicitations come out June-August.
  • Offer 2% interest loans.

Contacts: Drinking Water Program staff in DEP's Boston office: Yvette DePeiza, yvette.depeiza@sstate.ma.us, (617) 292-5857
Municipal Services staff in Boston: Steve McCurdy, steven.mccurdy@state.ma.us, (617) 292-5779
Potential Project Types: stormwater, other

Recreational Trails Program

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Description and Eligible Activities: Fund development of new trails, maintenance of existing trails, signage or kiosk projects, maps and brochure development, and equipment purchases for maintenance.
Eligible Applicants: Open to non-profits and municipalities
Estimated Application Deadline: Due Feb 1st each year
Typical Grant Size: $30-40,000 per year, Maximum of $50,000 per project

    Additional Notes:
  • Doesn’t fund projects that focus only on feasibility and planning.
  • Doesn’t fund sidewalk or road projects.

Eligible project type: other

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

Last Updated October, 2016