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CZM Jobs and Grants

Find information on employment opportunities and available grants from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

Jobs

NEW: Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist - CZM is seeking a Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist to provide critical technical, planning, and communications support for CZM’s programmatic work in coastal habitat and water quality. The Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist is a new role within CZM's Coastal Habitat and Water Quality (CHWQ) Team that will support advancement of program priorities in coordination with strategic efforts within the Commonwealth. Specifically, the Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist, under supervision of the CHWQ Manager, will advance priority projects to support protection, restoration, and resilience of coastal habitats. To learn more about this new position and to apply, see the full job posting. For clarifying questions, please contact adrienne.pappal@mass.gov.

Also, see the links below for other state and coastal-related opportunities.

Grants

Open Requests for Responses (RFRs)

NEW: Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for innovative and transferable local and regional projects to address coastal flooding, erosion, and sea level rise impacts through the Coastal Resilience Grant Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2025, CZM will provide funding and technical assistance to coastal communities, certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (including qualifying tribal entities), and federally recognized tribes. Eligible project types include evaluating vulnerabilities and risks, public outreach, retrofitting and relocating vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, shoreline restoration, and proactive planning projects. Applicants may request up to $2 million in funding per project. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2025—or by June 30, 2026 (FY26) for projects selected for an extended contract, depending on the proposal and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) funding decisions. See the RFR on the COMMBUYS website for eligibility requirements, project categories, and evaluation criteria. Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on July 19.

  • The Question and Answer period the Coastal Resilience Grants is open until 4:00 p.m. on June 21. Please submit questions to india.j.mackinson@mass.gov. Answers to all questions will be posted on the COMMBUYS website.
  • Coastal Resilience Pre-RFR Webinar- CZM hosted an informational webinar on the Coastal Resilience Grant Program on March 12, which covered the goals and requirements for the grants, eligibility and evaluation criteria, and successful projects from previous grant rounds. Please refer to the RFR for the most up-to-date information on grant eligibility and match requirements. For details, see these links to the recording of the webinar and the PowerPoint presentation:

NEW: Buzzards Bay Water Quality Grants - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program is seeking proposals for a third round of the Buzzards Bay Watershed Infrastructure and CCMP Support Grant Program, with an anticipated $899,984 in federal funding available through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Eligible projects must implement recommendations in the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) and can include: feasibility, design, and construction of stormwater facilities to treat discharges affecting surface waters; tasks to achieve MS4 compliance; feasibility studies to enhance nitrogen removal from wastewater treatment facilities; restoration of wetlands, habitat, and migratory fish passage; construction of boat pumpout facilities; and other activities in support of the CCMP and compatible with BIL funding. Municipalities within the Buzzards Bay watershed are eligible. For details, question and answer information, and required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by July 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming RFRs

There currently are no upcoming RFRs for CZM grant programs.

Other Grant Opportunities - See the Community Grant Finder (a central location to learn about state grant opportunities for cities and towns) and COMMBUYS (the Commonwealth's electronic procurement system) for other state opportunities.

CZM Grant Programs

  • Coastal Resilience Grant Program - These CZM-administered grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations advance innovative local and regional efforts to address coastal flooding, erosion, and sea level rise impacts through communication and public outreach initiatives, vulnerability assessments, planning activities, engineering projects, and natural storm damage protection.
  • Coastal Habitat and Water Quality (CHWQ) Grants - These grants provide financial resources for projects that assess and treat stormwater impacts and support comprehensive habitat restoration planning activities.
  • Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Program - These grants, also administered by CZM, provide financial resources to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities.
  • Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) - This grant program was initiated by the U.S. Congress in 2002, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) manages an annual competitive process to select projects for congressionally appropriated funding. Since 2013, however, funding has only been available for CELCP projects through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, for which Massachusetts is not eligible. For more information, see the NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program website.
  • CZM Grant Viewer - This interactive map covers grants awarded from 2014 to present through CZM’s Coastal ResilienceCoastal Habitat and Water Quality, and Coastal Pollutant Remediation grant programs. Pop-up boxes provide details on each grant award and information can be sorted by grant program, category (such as construction type, design & permitting, habitat restoration, and more), and year that mapped data are available.
  • Grant Programs of the National Estuary Programs (NEPs)
    • Buzzards Bay Grants - These grants, administered by the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP), provide funding to implement recommendations in the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to protect and restore water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed.
    • MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant Program - These grants, administered by the MassBays National Estuary Partnership (MassBays), provide small grants to nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and municipalities for projects that advance the goals of the MassBays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

Other State Coastal-Related Grants

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