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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 $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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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). 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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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

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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: 4 to 6
Estimated FY 2019 Spending: $220,000
Additional Notes:

  • Pre-RFR meetings 1/29-31/2019
  • RFR to be posted to the MassDEP page on 2/15/2019.
  • Fund projects $30-50,000 range.
  • No match required but does help improve proposal.
  • Posted on DEP webpage, notices on CommBuys.
  • FFY 2019 grant round to be issued in early 2019.

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

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), co-administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Description: The HMGP is a post-disaster mitigation grant with funding made available statewide as a result of a federal disaster declaration. As well as minimizing overall risk to lives and property, funding for hazard mitigation plans and projects is also intended to reduce the need for the reliance on taxpayer-funded federal assistance for disaster recovery. Sub-applicants may be eligible to apply for funding to cover projects including storm-water upgrades, drainage and culvert improvements, property acquisition, slope stabilization, infrastructure protection, seismic and wind retrofits, structure elevations, etc.
Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Federally-recognized tribes, Local governments/communities, certain private non-profit organizations.
FY 2019 Funding: MA DEP anticipates that approximately $1,300,000 of FFY 2019 Federal Funds will be available for disbursement to competitive projects
Additional notes: Must have approved FEMA hazard mitigation plan to be eligible.
2018-2019 application deadlines:

  • Statement of interest: 10/1/2018.
  • Application deadline for full HMGP applications, final deadlines for PDM/FMA: 1/4/2019.
  • For HMGP only, an additional application development period, and limited technical assistance is available: January 2019-April 2019. The second (final) deadline for HMGP full applications: 4/4/2019 at 3:00PM.

Contacts: Dave Woodbury, Hazard Mitigation Grants Coordinator, MEMA Regions 1&2, 508-820-2034, David.Woodbury@mass.gov
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, stormwater, salt marsh

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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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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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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 2018 Funding: $70 million nationwide
Contact: Sarah White, sarah.white@state.ma.us, (508) 820-2053
Potential Project Types: coastal resilience, salt marsh, stormwater

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