R&P Grant Program Evaluation In Progress

The Research and Planning Grants program is suspended for 2014-2015. During this time MassBays will conduct an evaluation of the program’s effectiveness in leveraging resources to meet MassBays goals. The results will be used to inform the revision of the grant program’s scope and align with the ongoing CCMP process. MassBays will be resuming its grant program in August 2015. In the meantime, do visit this page to check on progress and announcements. 

About the R&P Grant Program

The MassBays Research and Planning Grant Program was created in 2011 to support research, planning, and local capacity building initiatives in the MassBays region. Funded projects aid in the implementation of the MassBays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, MassBays' guiding document. Although there are many funding sources which provide support for implementing restoration work, funding for the planning phases of restoration projects is not always easy to find. MassBays' Research and Planning Grant Program aims to fill the gap between restoration idea conception and restoration implementation. By providing a funding source for research and planning, we help ensure the advancement of future restoration projects along the MassBays coast.

Funded Projects

Since 2011, MassBays has awarded over $450,000 for 26 projects to towns and organizations to conduct projects 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 funded through the MassBays Research and Planning Grant Program resulted in recommendations and products which address priority management issues in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.  

Read about the projects and review the final reports on our Previously Funded Projects page. Or for a brief overview of the 26 projects funded through this program, read the EEA press releases for each of the grant years. 

               2011 pdf format of 2011
                    2012 pdf format of 2012
                    2013 pdf format of 2013
                    2014 pdf format of 2014

Contact Information

For questions about MassBays' Research and Planning Grant Program, contact:

Prassede Vella
Massachusetts Bays Program
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1217