Healthy Estuaries Grant Program

The MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant Program provides funding and technical assistance to coastal communities from Salisbury to Provincetown for initiatives in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. With funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 320 of the Clean Water Act, MassBays funds work that will lead to implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Working toward our vision of sustainable estuarine ecosystems that support the life and communities dependent upon then, MassBays grant funds support local initiatives on protecting, restoring, and enhancing estuarine habitats (e.g. seagrass beds, salt marshes, beaches) and inform management efforts to reduce stressors (e.g. wastewater, stormwater, habitat fragmentation).

The next round of proposals for the MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant Program will be solicited in Fall 2017. We anticipate that eligible projects will be funded for up to 18 months at $8,000 to $35,000 with a required 25% non-federal match. Up to $150,000 will be distributed in total. The 2016 Request for Responses pdf format of FY16-Healthy-Estuaries-Grant
 is available for reference only; solicited projects may change with MassBays’ revised Comprehensive Conservation and Monitoring Plan pdf format of 2015 CCMP for Public Comment
file size 2MB. For more information on the projects funded in 2016 and currently ongoing, see the EEA Press Release.MassBays also makes available resources to assist proponents in developing a competitive project proposal. 

Between 2010 and  2016, MassBays awarded almost $500,000 for 31 projects to towns and organizations to conduct work that identified causes of coastal habitat degradation; developed management plans and recommendations to address coastal water pollution; designed conceptual improvements to stormwater infrastructure, and built local capacity to protect coastal resources including salt marsh, shellfish beds and anadromous fish runs. The projects  resulted in recommendations to address priority management issues in the MassBays planning area.Read about projects and their interesting findings on our Previously Funded Projects page or use the interactive map below.

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Contact Information

For questions about the MassBays Grant Programs, contact:

Prassede Vella
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1217
Prassede.Vella@state.ma.us