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.

This year’s RFR is anticipated to be issued on or about March 31, 2017. Proposals will be due on or about June 2, 2017. The RFR will be announced via COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s procurement site. Two Pre-RFR meetings will be held at MassDEP’s Central Regional Office March 2, 2017 and March 9, 2017. Potential applicants are urged to take advantage of either or both of the pre-RFR meetings, and all other opportunities to engage 319 program staff in discussion about how to develop eligible, competitive projects, prior to the March RFR issuance. All attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss potential projects. Please refer to this informational sheet: Pre-RFR Announcement for FFY 2018 Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program  doc format of FFY 2018 Section 319 NPS 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

Presentations:

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

  • FFY 2017 604b Water Quality Management Planning Grant Announcement - Request for Responses  pdf format of FFY 2017 604b Water Quality Management Planning RFR

    MassDEP seeks project proposals for eligible applicants that will identify water-quality problems and provide preliminary designs for best management practices to address these problems. The focus of funding in this grant cycle includes development of watershed-based plans; determination of water-quality problems and pollutant-load reductions; stormwater issues; green infrastructure; and water-quality impairments. 

  • 2017 604b Pre-RFR Clarifications  pdf format of 2017 604b Pre-RFR Clarifications

    Short Q&A concerning project eligibility for the 2017 604b grant round. January 2017.

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