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Restoration Grants List - Stormwater

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

Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Minigrant 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, 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

Federal 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Description and Eligible Activities:To prevent, control, and abate nonpoint source pollution through implementation of structural and nonstructural best management practices (BMPs).
Eligible Applicants: Any Massachusetts public or private organization
Estimated Application Deadline: June
Average Grant Size: $250,000
Average # of Grants: 11
FY 2016 Spending: $1.28 Million
Estimated FY17 Spending: $1.3 million

    Additional Notes:
  • Federal funds administered by DEP.
  • Fund projects up to three years. Require 40% match.
  • Very competitive. Receive about 20 proposals a year – hope to fund 5.

Contact: Malcolm Harper, Malcolm.harper@state.ma.us, (508) 767-2795
Potential Project Types: stormwater

Federal 604b Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Description and Eligible Activities: Assists regional planning agencies and other eligible recipients in providing water quality assessment and planning assistance to local communities. Projects should focus on nonpoint source assessment and planning with the goal of developing strategies to address water-quality impairments.
Eligible Applicants: Regional planning agencies, conservation districts, cities and towns
Estimated Application Deadline: March
Average Grant Size: $50,000
Average # of Grants: 3 to 5
FY 2016 Spending: $201,812

    Additional Notes:
  • Release RFR in January.
  • Fund projects $30-50,000 range.
  • No match required but does help improve proposal.
  • Posted on DEP webpage, notices on CommBuys.

Contact: Gary Gonyea, gary.gonyea@state.ma.us, (617) 556-1152
Potential Project Types: stormwater

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

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

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.
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

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) 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 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

Last Updated October, 2016