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Grants & Financial Assistance: Watersheds & Water Quality

These grant programs focus on nonpoint source pollution, management planning, and stormwater.

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Overview

Here you will find program guides and other information about grants and loans for:

  • Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants (prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source pollution)
  • Section 604b Water Quality Management Planning (water quality assessment and management planning)
  • Stormwater
  • Water Quality Monitoring

Project summaries for S. 319 and S. 604b grants from past years are also included for reference. 

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 FFY 2021 Request For Responses for the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program has been issued and can be found below. Proposals will be due by June 4, 2020, 12:00 noon.

NOTICE TO 319 GRANT APPLICANTS: on page 4 of the RFR, there is a typographical error regarding the Grant Application deadline that states as follows:

To be considered for funding, the Department must receive the RFR responses by 12 noon on Friday, June 4, 2020.

The official deadline for submission of the NPS Grant applications is Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Please consider this NOTICE to be an official Amendment to page 4 of the 319 Grant RFR; all other terms, conditions, and requirements of the 319 Grant RFR remain the same.

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Tools for Developing S. 319 Proposals

These materials will help you plan your project proposal. 

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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.

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604b FFY2020 Grant Round

Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act established the Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program, a vehicle by which states can provide funds to eligible entities such as: Regional Planning Agencies, Councils of Government, counties, Conservation Districts, cities, and towns, to conduct watershed or sub-watershed based nonpoint source assessment and planning projects.

For FFY2020, MassDEP will focus Section 604(b) grant funds on nonpoint source assessment and planning projects that result in the following:

  • Development of Watershed-based Plans (WBPs) for local watershed planning and to support future 319 grant projects. An online tool to support development of WBPs can be found at: http://prj.geosyntec.com/MassDEPWBP;
  • Determination of the nature, extent and causes of water quality problems and determination of pollutant load reductions necessary to meet water quality standards;
  • Development of green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology; or
  • Development of preliminary designs and implementation plans that will address water quality impairments in impaired watersheds.

The Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program Request for Responses document summarizes the proposal and qualification requirements, identifies a specific format for responding to this grant opportunity, and outlines the grant application schedule, and can be found below.

The April 24, 2020 Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program Request for Response for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (Grant RFR) is being amended through Amendment #1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MassDEP is unable to receive hand-delivered applications in response to this Grant RFR. Please see the official notice in the link entitled "FFY2020 604b RFR Amendment #1" in the Additional Resources below.

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S. 319 and S. 604b Project Summaries

Brief descriptions of past projects conducted with S. 319 and S. 604b grant funds.

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Stormwater MS4 Municipal Assistance Grant Program

This program, introduced in 2017, enables groups of Massachusetts municipalities to expand their efforts to meet requirements for the 2016 Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permits, and to reduce stormwater pollution through coordinated partnerships that emphasize resource sharing.

The FY 2020 Notice of Grant Opportunity and detailed description of the grant program are available below.

A bidders' conference was held on October 17, 2019. Questions and answers from that session are linked below.

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Water Quality Monitoring Grant Program

In the second year of this grant program, MassDEP is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations to build or expand capacity for bacteria monitoring data collection. The intent of this grant program is to enhance the amount and spatial coverage of data used by MassDEP for surface water quality assessment. The FY2020 Notice of Grant Opportunity and detailed description of the grant program are available below.

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