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.

The RFR for FFY 2018 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Projects is posted below, effective March 31, 2017. Proposals are due June 2, 2017. A public information session will be held at MassDEP's Central Regional Office at 1:00 p.m. on April 19, 2017, to address any and all questions related to the FFY2018 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.

FFY2017 604b Grant Round

604b Grant Program Resources

Indicative Project Summaries

Section 319 Project summaries from past years

604b Project summaries from past years

Water Conservation Grant Project Summaries from past years