Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

Agency: Department of Fish and Game (DFG)

Description: The BIG program provides grants for construction or renovation of tie-up facilities for transient recreational boats that are 26 feet or greater.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/programs-and-projects/boating-infrastructure-grant.htm 

Eligible Applicants: Public, private and non-profit entities, see federal guidance 50 CFR 86

Estimated Application Deadline: August

Estimated FY 2011 Spending: $100,000

Average Grant Size: $50,000

Average # of Grants: 1 to 3

Contact: Stephanie Cunningham, (978) 282-0308 x133



 



Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Minigrant Program

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Description and Eligible Activities: The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program offers these grants to assist interested Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities in the protection of open space, rare and endangered species habitat, and freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and to help restore tidally restricted salt marshes, to purchase oil spill containment equipment, to restore fish runs, and to remediate stormwater discharges threatening water quality. These funds have been made available in accordance with US EPA National Estuary Program Cooperative Agreements and are part of an ongoing Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Grant Program implemented by the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program.

Website: www.buzzardsbay.org

Eligible Applicants: Eligible towns include Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, Carver, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Estimated Application Deadline: September

Average Grant Size: $16,700

Average # of Grants: 5

FY 2010 Spending: $167,000

Contact: Sarah Williams, (508) 291-3625 x13



 


Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program

Agency: Department of Fish and Game (DFG)

Description: The CVA program provides grants for construction, operation and maintenance of pump out facilities for recreational boaters.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/programs-and-projects/clean-vessel-act.html

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, private boating facilities, and non-profits, see federal guidance 50 CFR 85

Estimated Application Deadline: October

Estimated FY 2011 Spending: $1,000,000

Average Grant Size: $10,000

Average # of Grants: 85

FY 2010 Spending: $1,343,000

Contact: Thomas Beaulieu, (617) 626-1525



 


State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program (Clean Water & Drinking Water)

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Description and eligible Activities: Provides subsidized loans to assist municipalities and water and wastewater districts in the implementation of capital projects that protect, enhance or mitigate water quality and public health.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/grants/state-revolving-fund.html

Eligible Applicants: Any Massachusetts water district, wastewater district or municipality

Estimated Application Deadline: August

Average Loan Size: $4,000,000

Average # of Loans: 70 to 100 loans

FY 2010 Spending: $338,605,030

Contact: Steve McCurdy, (617) 292-5779



 


Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grants

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Description and Eligible Activities: The CPR Program provides funding to municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal watershed for for planning / design and remediation including construction and implementation to reduce stormwater pollution from paved surfaces, or for commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Municipalities may request up to $125,000 for stormwater planning /design /remediation or commercial boat pumpout projects.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm/program-areas/coastal-water-quality/cpr/  

Eligible Applicants: Munciplaities located in the greater Massachusetts Coastal Watershed (see http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm/program-areas/coastal-water-quality/cpr/coastal-watershed-communities.html )

Estimated Application Deadline: September

Average Grant Size: $20,000 to $60,000 for planning /design grants; $50,000 to $125,000 for construction/implementation

Average # of Grants: 4 to 7

FY 2011 Spending: $360,000

Anticiapated FY12 Spending: $400,000

Contact: Jan Smith, (617) 626-1231



 




 

Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Program

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Description and Eligible Activities: Provides grants to assist public water systems and municipalities in acquiring land to protect the quality of public drinking water supplies.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/grants-and-loans/dcs/grant-programs/drinking-water-supply-protection-grant-program.html

Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts municipalities and public water systems

Estimated Application Deadline: August 2011

Average Grant Size: $170,000; Maximum $500,000

Reimbursement Rate: 50%

Average # of Grants: 3

FY 2010 Spending: $510,000

Contact: Celia Riechel, (617) 626-1187



 


Federal 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Description and Eligible Activities: To prevent, control and abate nonpoint source pollution through implementation of structural and nonstructural best management practices.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/grants/watersheds-water-quality.html#2

Eligible Applicants: Any Massachusetts public or private organization

Estimated Application Deadline: June

Average Grant Size: $191,000

Average # of Grants: 11

FY 2011 Spending: $1,951,382

Estimated FY12 Spending: $2 million

Contact: Jane Peirce, 508-767-2792



 


Federal 604b Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Description and Eligible Activities: Assists regional planning agencies and other eligible recipients in providing water quality assessment and planning assistance to local communities.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/grants/watersheds-water-quality.html#3

Eligible Applicants: Regional planning agencies, conservation districts, cities and towns

Estimated Application Deadline: December

Average Grant Size: $50,000

Average # of Grants: 3 to 5

FY 2011 Spending: $201,812

Contact: Gary Gonyea, (617) 556-1152



 


Governor's Seaport Advisory Council Seaport Improvement Grants

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and eligible Activities:

The Governor's Seaport Advisory Council (SAC) approves grant projects pursuant to Chapter 28 of the Acts and Resolves of 1996, the Seaport Bond Bill, for the "revitalization and development of the Commonwealth's seaports." Grants are awarded for "the preparation of plans, studies, construction, alteration, and improvement of various state, municipal, and other properties, and for the purpose of improving the economy and infrastructure of the Commonwealth".

Website: http://www.mass.gov/governor/administration/councilscabinetsandcommissions/seaport/

Eligible Applicants: Primarily Designated Port Cities and other Municipalities

Estimated Application Deadline: Rolling

Average Grant Size: $450,000

Average # of Grants: 10

FY 2008 Spending: $6,700,000

Contact: Mike Driscoll, (781) 740-1600 x107



 


Massachusetts Bays Program Research and Planning Grants

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)-Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Description

and Eligible Activities: The MassBays Research and Planning Program is a new grant program that provides grants for applied planning and research projects that protect coastal habitat, reduce stormwater pollution, protect shellfish resources, manage local land use and growth, manage municipal wastewater, manage marine invasive species, monitor marine and estuary waters, and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/mass-bays-program/grants/

Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts cities, towns, and other public entities; academic institutions; and certified 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.

Estimated Application Deadline: October - November

Average Grant Size: $25,000

Average # of Grants: 8

Anticipated FY 2011 Spending: $200,000

Contact: Prassede Vella, (617) 626-1217



 


Massachusetts Environmental Trust

Agency: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Description and Eligible Activities: The Trust supports cooperative efforts to restore, protect, and improve water and water-related resources of the Commonwealth.Grants funds are generated through the sale of environment themed license plates.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/met

Eligible Applicants: Eligible organizations generally include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Unincorporated organizations may apply provided that they have an eligible fiscal sponsor.

Estimated Application Deadline: October

Estimated FY 2012 Spending: $1,500,000

Average Grant Size: $5,000-$50,000

Average # of Grants: 30

FY 2011 Spending: $1,600,000

Contact: Bill Hinkley, (617) 626-1045


Natural Resource Damages (NRD)

Agency: Within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) administers the NRD Program.

Description:

On behalf of the Secretary of EEA, the MassDEP implements a program to assess NRD resulting from releases of oil or hazardous materials within the Commonwealth and to require restoration of these injured resources to functional ecological systems. To date, the Commonwealth has successfully negotiated settlements at 15 sites with total recoveries of approximately $55 million. The overall goal of a NRD action is to restore injured resources and grants are periodically available to implement case-specific restoration projects. For example, in the first three rounds of funding under the New Bedford Harbor settlement, $19 million was expended to restore aquatic habitats, living resources, endangered species, and marshes and create recreational access.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/nrd

Eligible Applicants: All public and private entities are eligible to apply. These include, but are not limited to, private individuals; local, state, federal and tribal governments; academic institutions; nonprofit organizations; consulting firms and businesses.

Estimated Application Deadline: Grants are available on a case by case basis.

Average Grant Size: As grant awards are project-specific, there are no pre-determined minimum or maximum amounts per request or award.

Average # of Grants: The number of grants vary with the type and total amount of the settlement.

Contact: Karen Pelto, (617) 292-5785



 


Rivers and Harbors Grant Program

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description: Grants requiring matching funds for studies, surveys, design & engineering, environmental permitting and construction that addresses problems on coastal & inland waterways, lakes, ponds and great ponds. Grants are awarded in the following categories: 1) Coastal Waterways - for commercial and recreational navigation safety & to improve coastal habitat by improving tidal interchange; 2) Inland Waterways - to improve recreational use, water quality & wildlife habitats; 3) Erosion Control - to protect public facilities and reduce downstream sedimentation; 4) Flood Control - to reduce flood potentials.

Website: none

Eligible Applicants: Federal agencies, municipalities and non-profits

Estimated Application Deadline: Rolling

Average Grant Size: Varies

Average # of Grants: Varies

FY 2011 Spending: $461,000

Contact: Kevin P. Mooney, (781) 740-1600 x103



 


Water Conservation Grants

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Description and Eligible Activities: To assist public water systems and municipalities in addressing drinking water losses through water conservation education and outreach programs, water audits, leak detection surveys, water conservation retrofit rebate programs and new water rates.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/grants.htm

Eligible Applicants: Any Massachusetts public water system or municipality

Average Grant Size: $34,000

Average # of Grants: 25

FY 2011 Spending: $850,000

Contact: Malcolm Harper, (508) 767-2795



 


Wetlands and River Restoration and Revitalization Priority Projects

Agency: Department of Fish and Game (DFG)

Description and Eligible Activities: These grants support sustainable river and wetland restoration projects that restore natural processes, remove ecosystem stressors, increase the resilience of the ecosystem, support river and wetland habitat, and promote passage of fish and wildlife through dam and other barrier removal. Support is also provided for urban stream revitalization projects that improve the inter-connection between water quality, aquatic ecology, physical river structure and land use, taking into consideration the social, cultural and economic landscape.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/der/aquatic-habitat-restoration/river-restoration/

Eligible Applicants: Open to public agencies and (c) (3) certified non-profit organizations, including, but not limited to state agencies, cities and towns, regional planning agencies, watershed organizations, and land trusts.

Average Grant Size: $5,000 to $ 55,000

Average # of Grants: 5

Contact: Nick Wildman, (617) 626-1527 (river projects) or Georgeann Keer, (617) 626-1246 (wetland projects)



 




 

This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Office of Grants and Technical Assistance