Municipal Seawall Repair Grant

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announces the availability of municipal financial assistance for seawall repairs.  Five million dollars for this program have been appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007 to be expended for the Municipal Seawall Repair Grant Program, authorized by Chapter 122 Section 2e, through the open and competitive application process with the Planning & Engineering Division, Office of Waterways.  The grants are specifically for the repair of seawalls that will reduce current threats to public safety.  Existing or continuing programs for other types of coastal structures or other project aspects (planning, design, etc) are not eligible for these grants.  Only projects that can be completed by June 30, 2007 are eligible for funding.
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Flood Management Grants

DCR's Department of Flood Hazard Management, in coordination with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, offers two grant programs to local government in order to reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters, especially floods, on homeowners and community infrastructure. These programs include pre-disaster grants through the annual Flood Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (FMA) and post-disaster grants through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).   

Targeted Watersheds Grant

Funding for low-impact development demonstration in the Ipswich River watershed.

Ipswich River Watershed: EPA Targeted Watershed Grant

Recreational Trails Grants

The Recreational Trails Program provides funding support for a variety of trail protection, construction and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. This national program makes funds available to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Program is authorized and funded through the federal transportation bill.  It is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, government agencies, and municipalities.
Recreational Trails Grants

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants

This competitive grant is available to non-profit rural call or volunteer fire departments that primarily serve a community or city with a population of less than 10,000. The fire department must be made up of at least eighty percent (80%) call or volunteer firefighters and be recognized as a department under state law. Eligible Departments must be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant to qualify.

The State Forester's Office will consider wildland fire projects involving training, prevention and equipment purchases.  Projects may be for firefighter safety, technology transfer and rural fire defense.  Medical and rescue purchases are not eligible.   
Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants

Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forestlands

This program seeks to encourage landowners to practice long-term guardianship through the development of a management plan for their woodlands. Recognizing both the ecological and social values of our forests, the program is designed to improve wildlife habitat and forest aesthetics, to protect soil and water resources, and to increase the potential for high-quality wood products. Grants are awarded to landowners and municipalities for the preparation of 10-year Forest Stewardship management plans. Grants range from $350 to $6,600. (413) 256-1201
Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forestlands

Rivers and Harbors Grant Program

A statewide program of matching grants from DCR's Office of Waterways to towns and municipalities for design and construction to address problems on coastal and inland waterways, lakes and great ponds. (781) 740-1600

SCA Mass Parks AmeriCorps

The SCA Mass Parks AmeriCorps is currently accepting project requests for the 2007 conservation season! Based in Dubuque State Forest in the Berkshire hilltowns region, SCA Mass Parks AmeriCorps is a residential community of emerging leaders who devote 5 or 10 months to full time conservation service. Most members have completed, or are in the process of completing, their college degrees. This program is a partnership between the Student Conservation Association, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts Service Alliance/Corporation for National and Community Service. SCA crews tackle a wide variety of projects including trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, bridge construction, renovation of historic structures, invasive species removal, and environmental education, with an emphasis on trail projects. Deadline December 18th, 2006.
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