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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 $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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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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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 220 eligible communities Estimated Application Deadline: May 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 2017 Spending: $350,000 Additional Notes:

  • Requires 25% match of total project cost
  • Release of 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
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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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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: July
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 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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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 land birds.
Application Deadlines: Grant cycle 1: February and Grant cycle 2: July Request Limit: Grants between $75,000 and $1 million. Requires a minimum 1 to 1 match.
Annual Spending: $18 million across the Americas awarded in 2018.
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: Grant cycle 1: February and Grant cycle 2: July
Request Limit: Grants of less than $100,000. Matching required.
Annual Spending: $3.4 million in 2018
Contact: Rodecia McKnight (rodecia_mcknight@fws.gov) 703-358-2266, small grants coordinator or Anya Rushing (anya_rushing@fws.gov), (703) 358-2032, 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

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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. In 2018, geographic focus was on the “sagebrush habitat” in the north-western US.
Application Deadline: Pre-proposal due in July, full proposal due in August
Annual spending: $420,000 in 2018.
Typical Grant Size: Grant requests must be between $10,000 and $75,000.
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.

Contact: Crystal Boyd, crystal.boyd@nfwf.org, (612)564-7253
Potential Project Types: other
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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:

  • Up to 2 million in grant funding allocated to this program.
  • 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 Website

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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. Requires matching grants of 20% of the total project cost. Eligible Applicants: Open to non-profits and municipalities Estimated Application Deadline: Due Feb 1st each year Typical Grant Size: $30-$100,000 per year, with up to $300,000 for special projects Additional Notes:

  • Doesn’t fund projects that focus only on feasibility and planning.
  • Doesn’t fund sidewalk or road projects.
  • Projects must be primarily recreational, facilitation physical on the ground movement.

Contact: Amanda Lewis, (413) 586-8706 ext. 19, amanda.lewis@state.ma.us Eligible project type: other Website

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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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