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 treat stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $9 million in CPR grants have been awarded.

The 2016 Request for Responses (RFR) is now open.
The application deadline has been extended.

For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website.
Proposals are due by October 9.


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:

  • Characterize and treat urban runoff from municipal roadways.
  • Improve and protect coastal resources, such as shellfish beds, bathing beaches, and diadromous fish runs.
  • Implement NPS pollution control methods.
  • Educate the public about stormwater runoff problems.

Three categories of projects are funded:

  • 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 treat runoff from paved roads, highways, bridges, and municipal parking lots.
  • Design and construction of commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities to reduce pollution related to discharges from vessel holding tanks. (The Clean Vessel Act program, administered by MarineFisheries, funds pumpouts for recreational vessels.)

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 treat pollution from unpaved surfaces.

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 eligible municipalities.

What is the grant timeline?

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 CPR Grant Program Request for Responses (RFR) is now posted. The application deadline has been extended. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are now due by October 9. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2016.

How much can I ask for?

The maximum award for CPR is contingent upon available funding. In 2016 a total of $400,000 in funding was available, with up to $125,000 granted for each project. The maximum award for each year is $125,000. Applicants must commit to matching 25% of the total project cost.

What needs to be included in a grant proposal?

The RFR requires the following to be included in the grant application:

  • Project Summary
  • Problem Definition
  • Project Goals
  • Project Approach
  • Operation and Maintenance Commitment
  • Benefits of the Project
  • Local Commitment
  • Project Budget
  • Supporting Materials

Carefully review each RFR before developing your application as priorities and requirements may change from year to year.

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.

  • 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. Coastal Pollutant Remediation Program Stormwater BMP Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation pdf format of CPR BMP Evaluation
is a summary report that 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 and Maintenance Requirements - All CPR applications for BMP implementation projects must describe the operation and maintenance (O and 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 and M is also required. Please review the final RFR for a full description of the application requirements.

Who can help me apply for a CPR Grant?

CZM can help potential applicants develop project ideas up 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, which will be approximately three weeks. Questions and answers submitted for the 2016 RFR are posted on the COMMBUYS website (see Question and Answer CPR 2016 revised.docx).

The 2016 Request for Responses (RFR) is now open.
The application deadline has been extended until October 9.

For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website.
Questions and CZM's responses are now posted on the COMMBUYS website (see Question and Answer CPR 2016 revised.docx).
Proposals are due by October 9.


Please contact the following CZM staff and Regional Coordinators with any questions:  

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Adrienne Pappal
Coastal Habitat/Water Quality Manager
Phone: (617) 626-1218
Kathryn Glenn
North Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (978) 281-3972
Stephen McKenna
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 375-6856
Jason Burtner
South Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (781) 545-8026 x209
David Janik
South Coastal Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 291-3625 x12
Lisa Berry Engler
Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator
Phone: (617) 626-1230
In addition to providing assistance with developing project ideas, the Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuarine Programs can also help applicants write the grant applications.

Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program Contacts

Upper North Shore
Peter Phippen
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Phone: (978) 374-0519 x17
Fax: (978) 372-4890
South Shore
Sara Grady
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Phone: (781) 659-8168
Salem Sound
Barbara Warren
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Phone: (978) 741-7900
Fax: (978) 741-0458
Cape Cod
Jo Ann Muramoto
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Phone: (508) 362-4226 x16
Fax: (508) 362-3136
Metro Boston
Carole McCauley
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Phone: (781) 581-7370 x321
Fax: (781) 581-6076
Buzzards Bay
Joe Costa
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
Phone: (508) 291-3625 x19
Fax: (508) 291-3628

Contact Information

Contact Adrienne Pappal for more information about the CPR Grant Program at
(617) 626-1218 or