April 18, 2017 \u2013 The Baker-Polito Administration today announced today $2.6 million in funding is available through two grant programs for coastal projects that promote climate change resilience or improve coastal water quality. Under the program, Requests for Responses (RFR) will be solicited from municipalities and eligible non-profit partners for grants awarded through the Coastal Resiliency Grant Program and Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program. The announcement was made by state environmental officials during an event in Salem as part of the Commonwealth\u2019s celebration of Earth Week.\n\n\u201cOur administration is committed to combating and preparing for the impacts of climate change,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThese grant programs for coastal communities ensure a proactive and holistic approach, providing funds directly to the communities to identify and develop effective solutions for climate change and water quality issues that significantly impact their coastline.\u201d\n\n\u201cMassachusetts\u2019 78 coastal communities confront the challenges of climate change and coastal protection every year,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cWe are proud these grant programs will help provide resources to develop innovative and effective solutions to address local priorities for more resilient communities and economies.\u201d\n\nThe Coastal Resilience Grant Program, administered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), provides funding to the Commonwealth\u2019s 78 coastal communities to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise through innovative and transferable local initiatives. Eligible projects include efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, plan for changing conditions and redesign vulnerable community facilities and infrastructure.\n\nAdditionally, both coastal communities and eligible nonprofits may seek funding for non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. In this grant round, $2.1 million in funding is available with up to $500,000 per project. Applications are due by June 5 and links to the RFR are available on the Coastal Resilience Grant Program website.\n\n\u201cEarth Week is the perfect time to announce new funding to support proactive local solutions that will protect our coastal water quality, and ensure our coastal communities are prepared for the effects of climate change,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to building a resilient Commonwealth, and helping all communities protect their residents as well as homes, businesses and infrastructure.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe are very grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their continued support of the Coastal Resilience and Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant programs. As a coastal community, Salem has benefited immensely from these important initiatives, which have addressed shore erosion and water quality leading to a healthier Salem Harbor and Sound,\u201d said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. \u201cWe wouldn\u2019t be able to undertake these programs without the state\u2019s assistance and we are thankful to have such a strong state partner helping us remediate water pollution and achieve our sustainability goals.\u201d\n\nCZM\u2019s Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program provides funds to municipalities within the Massachusetts Coastal Watersheds, which encompass 220 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Eligible projects address local stormwater pollution issues, including water quality assessment and the design and construction of structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities. In the current grant round, $500,000 is available, with up to $175,000 per project. Applications are due by May 25, 2017, and links to the RFR are available on the CPR Grant Program website.\n\n\u201cCZM is committed to providing technical and financial assistance to support local efforts to advance strategies for increasing resilience to coastal flooding, erosion, and storm damage and restoring water quality and habitat in coastal waters,\u201d said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. \u201cThe partnerships created through these grant programs ensure that we are successfully protecting coastal resources now and into the future.\u201d\n\n\u201cAs a State Senator representing coastal communities, the Coastal Resilience and Coastal Remediation Grant Program has provided important funding to projects that protect local infrastructure, enhance natural resources and reduce risks associated with environmental conditions like flooding and erosion,\u201d said State Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). \u201cI\u0027d like to thank the Baker Administration and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton for their leadership in prioritizing funding for these projects and commitment to improve our natural resources and infrastructure.\u201d\n\n\u201cOn behalf of the City of Salem, I am grateful to the Baker/Polito Administration for their commitment to providing needed resources to address these important environmental issues,\u201d said State Representative Paul Tucker (D-Salem). \u201cIn particular, Secretary Beaton and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs have worked in partnership with Salem stakeholders to identify specific areas targeting resiliency and remediation which will have lasting benefits for Salem\u0027s precious waterfront and ecological system.\u201d\n\nThe available funding builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s ongoing efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.\u00a0In September 2016, Governor Baker signed an\u00a0Executive Order\u00a0which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.\u00a0\n\nThe Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is the lead policy and planning agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Through planning, technical and grant assistance and public information programs, CZM seeks to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources. The agency\u2019s work includes helping coastal communities address the challenges of storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change; working with state, regional and federal partners to balance current and new uses of ocean waters while protecting ocean habitats and promoting sustainable economic development; and partnering with communities and other organizations to protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats.