The Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program
The Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program was established in 1996 by the Massachusetts Legislature to help communities identify and improve water quality impaired by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. The CPR program provides funding to Massachusetts municipalities to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces or to design and construct boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $6 million in CPR grants have been awarded.
Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program
The 2013 Request for Responses is now closed.
For more on the CPR Grant Program, see:
What types of projects are eligible for the CPR Grant Program?
To improve coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating NPS pollution, specifically from transportation-related sources, the CPR Grant Program funds projects that:
Three categories of projects are funded:
- Characterize and treat urban runoff from municipal roadways.
- Improve coastal resources, such as shellfish beds, bathing beaches, and diadromous fish runs.
- Demonstrate traditional and innovative NPS pollution control methods.
- Educate the public about stormwater runoff problems.
Click on the links below to view past CPR project summaries
Funding from the CPR Grant Program cannot be used to address pollution from non stormwater related "point sources," such as the repair of illegal sewer line connections and any activity associated with septic systems, and cannot be used for land acquisition or projects constructed on non-public lands. Additionally, CPR funds cannot be used to remediate pollution from unpaved surfaces.
- Assessment, identification, and characterization of NPS pollution from paved surfaces, which can include determining the sources of roadway-related pollution, identifying appropriate stormwater control methods (also known as Best Management Practices or BMPs) and siting these BMPs.
- Design and construction of BMPs to remediate runoff from paved roads, highways, bridges, and municipal parking lots.
- Design and construction of boat-waste pumpout facilities to reduce pollution related to discharges from vessel holding tanks.
Who is eligible to apply for the program?
The CPR Grant Program is open to municipalities located within the boundaries of the Massachusetts coastal watershed, which encompasses 220 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts See the eligible municipalities.
What is the grant timeline?
CZM generally issues a Request for Responses (RFR) for the CPR Grant Program each summer or fall, contingent upon funding. When issued, the RFR, with an enclosed application, is posted on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Procurement Access & Solicitation System, at www.comm-pass.com. Projects may not excced one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year.
How much can I ask for?
The maximum award for CPR is contingent upon available funding. Typically, the total available funding for each year is $400,000, with up to $125,000 allowed for each individual request. Applicants must commit to matching 25% of the total project cost.
What needs to be included in the RFR?
The RFR requires the following to be included in the grant application:
Carefully review each RFR before developing your application as priorities and requirements may change from year to year.
- Project Summary
- Problem Definition
- Project Goals
- Project Approach
- Operation and Maintenance Commitment
- Benefits of the Project
- Local Commitment
- Project Budget
- Supporting Materials
Operation and Maintenance
The structural solutions and technologies implemented to address NPS pollution require basic maintenance to remain effective. These publications will help improve operation and maintenance practices for BMPs funded through the CPR Grant Program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review these documents as they must be addressed in the CPR application.
Who can help me apply for a CPR Grant?
- Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation - In 2005, CZM contracted with the Horsley Witten Group to conduct field inspections of stormwater BMPs funded by the CPR Grant Program. Horsley Witten evaluated the maintenance history and condition of each installed BMP and made an overall assessment of its functionality. The summary report, Coastal Pollutant Remediation Program Stormwater BMP Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation (PDF, 279 KB), details the findings of these inspections and includes a set of recommendations for improving maintenance, construction, and design of stormwater BMPs. Applicants to the CPR program must incorporate these recommendations into potential stormwater remediation projects.
- Operation & Maintenance Requirements - All CPR applications for BMP implementation projects must describe the operation and maintenance (O&M) commitment for the proposed BMP. Applicants must include information about the anticipated maintenance schedule, responsible departments and individuals, maintenance tasks, and the equipment involved. A letter from the municipal Department of Public Works committing to O&M is also required. Please review the final RFR for a full description of the application requirements.
CZM can help potential applicants develop project ideas until the RFR for the grant year is released. After the RFR is released, questions can be submitted to CZM in writing until the close of the question and answer period. All questions and answers submitted during this period will be posted on the Comm-PASS website. Please contact the following CZM staff and Regional Coordinators with any questions:
In addition to providing assistance with developing project ideas, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuarine Program can also help applicants write the grant applications.
|Massachusetts Bays Program Regional Coordinators
Upper North Shore
Phone: (978) 374-0519 x17
Fax: (978) 372-4890
Phone: (781) 659-8168
Phone: (978) 741-7900
Fax: (978) 741-0458
|Jo Ann Muramoto
Phone: (508) 362-4226 x16
Fax: (508) 362-3136
|Lisa Berry Engler
Phone: (617) 626-1230
Fax: (617) 626-1240
For more information about the CPR Grant Program, please contact Jan Smith:
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114-2136
Phone: (617) 626-1231