About the R&P Grant Program

The Mass Bays Research and Planning Grant Program was created in 2011 to support research, planning, and local capacity building initiatives in the Mass Bays region. Funded projects aid in the implementation of the Mass Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, Mass Bays' 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. Mass Bays' 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 Mass Bays coast.

2014 Research and Planning Grants Announced

The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is pleased to announce the 2014 awardees of the Research and Planning Grants. These four projects will fund efforts to restore degraded coastal ecosystems, better understand the impacts of sea level rise on coastal habitat and inform policy decisions related to coastal resources. This year’s Mass Bays Research and Planning Grants will go to:

  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries - $15,500 to continue research on the impacts of small docks and piers on salt marsh vegetation in Massachusetts.
  • Friends of Herring River, Wellfleet/Truro - $20,000 to develop conceptual design options for the restoration of fish passage in the Upper Herring River watershed in Wellfleet.
  • Town of Essex - $20,000 to expand eelgrass transplanting efforts in Plum Island Sound and Essex Bay and address potential and observed impacts of invasive green crabs.
  • Jones River Watershed Association - $19,480 to develop a community-based method to monitor climate change related impacts on salt marsh in the Jones River.

For more information, please see the EEA press release .

Previously Funded Projects

Since 2011, Mass Bays has awarded over $400,000 to 22 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. 

Read about the projects and review the final reports on our Previously Funded Projects page. Or for a brief overview of the 22 projects funded through this program, read the EEA press releases for each of the grant years. 

2011 pdf format of    2011 Mass Bays R&P Grant Award Press Release   

2012 pdf format of    2012 Research & Planning Grant Award Press Release   

2013 pdf format of    2013 Research & Planning Grant Award Press Release   

The projects funded through the Mass Bays Research and Planning Grant Program resulted in recommendations and products which address priority management issues in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. These proactive results are valued by both scientists and decision-makers. The impact of these projects will be felt for years to come.  “This program will help bolster local efforts to improve the health of our coasts and estuaries,” said EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “By bringing state and federal resources together to preserve and protect our coastline, we can make a difference at the local level. I applaud the efforts of these communities and local organizations for their work as environmental stewards of these precious resources.”

Contact Information

For questions relating to the Mass Bays' Research and Planning Grant Program, please contact:

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