Grant Program Guides

Grant and Loan Programs: Opportunities for Watershed Protection, Planning and Implementation

Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program

This grant program is authorized under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act for implementation projects that address the prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. In general, eligible projects must: implement measures that address the prevention, control, and abatement of NPS pollution; target the major source(s) of nonpoint source pollution within a watershed/subwatershed; contain an appropriate method for evaluating the project results; and must address activities that are identified in the Massachusetts NPS Management Plan. Proposals may be submitted by any interested Massachusetts public or private organization. To be eligible to receive funding, a 40% non-federal match is required from the grantee.

On April 1, 2016 the MassDEP issued the RFR for FFY 2017 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Projects. Proposals were due June 1, 2016 and grant award announcements were issued September 8, 2016. It is anticipated that sometime during the Spring of 2017 there will be information posted about a new RFR.

Tools for developing 319 proposals

Nonpoint Source Reports

Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan

Proposals for Cleaner Water: A Grant Writing Workshop

In Spring 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with MassBays and Bay State Roads to produce a series of workshops for municipal and nonprofit staff, "Proposals for Cleaner Water: A Grant Writing Workshop:. Handouts and presentations from the training are linked here:

Agenda pdf format of Agenda
Speaker biographies pdf format of Speaker Biographies
State Grant opportunities pdf format of State Grant Opportunities
Resources for developing a proposal pdf format of Resources for developing a proposal


604b Grant Program Water Quality Management Planning

This grant program is authorized under the federal Clean Water Act Section 604(b) for water quality assessment and management planning. Eligible entities include: regional planning agencies, councils of governments, conservation districts, counties, cities and towns, and other substate public planning agencies and interstate agencies. No local match is required.

FFY2016 604b Grant Round

  • FFY 2016 604b Grant Announcement  pdf format of FFY2016 604b Grant Announcement
doc format of                             FFY2016 604b Grant Announcement

    MassDEP is seeking project proposals from eligible applicants that will focus on nonpoint source assessment and planning projects with the goal of developing strategies to address water-quality impairments. March 25, 2016 is the deadline for submittals. February 2016.

604b Grant Program Resources

Indicative Project Summaries

Section 319 Project summaries from past years

Water Conservation Grant Project Summaries from past years