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Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program

Find information on Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) grants to improve coastal habitat and water quality.

The Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program was established in 1994 by the Massachusetts Legislature to help communities identify and improve water quality impaired by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. The CPR program—which is administered by CZM—provides funding to Massachusetts municipalities to assess and treat stormwater pollution from impervious surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $11 million in CPR grants have been awarded.

CONTACTING CZM DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK: All CZM offices are currently closed for in-person services. Please see COVID-19: Status of Executive Branch Office Locations for updates on this closure. During this time, CZM staff are working remotely and are available to assist with coastal management issues. Please note that email is the better contact option at this time.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Grant Awards - On August 5, 2020, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced $500,000 in funding through CZM’s Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program to protect coastal water quality in Massachusetts. The Fiscal Year 2021 CPR grant recipients are the communities of Arlington, Barnstable, Kingston, Milton, and Salem. See the EEA Press Release.

Other Available Funding - The Available Funding for Stormwater Projects in Massachusetts page provides a table with descriptions and links to information on federal and state grant and loan programs that fund stormwater and water quality projects in the state.

What types of projects are eligible?

To improve coastal habitat and water quality by reducing or eliminating NPS pollution, the CPR Grant Program funds projects that seek to:

  • Characterize and treat stormwater runoff from municipal roadways.
  • Improve and protect coastal water quality, habitat, and recreational uses (including shellfish beds, bathing beaches, diadromous fish runs, and eelgrass beds).
  • Remove waters from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Integrated List of (Impaired) Waters

Three categories of projects are funded:

  • Assessment, identification, and characterization of stormwater or commercial boat waste pollution, which can include determining the sources of stormwater pollution, as well as the investigation of the appropriate type and placement of stormwater or boat pumpout best management practices (BMPs).
  • Design, permitting, and construction of BMPs to treat runoff from roads, highways, bridges, and municipal parking lots, or commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities to reduce pollution related to discharges from vessel holding tanks. (The Clean Vessel Act program, administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries funds pumpouts for recreational vessels.)
  • Capacity-building activities for planning, engineering, and repair of boat pumpout facilities or stormwater BMPs such as development of local stormwater bylaws, operations and maintenance trainings for municipal staff, and demonstration projects.

See CPR Grant Program Success Stories for summaries of projects that have used CPR funds, combined with in-kind services or monetary match from communities, to create lasting results that keep coastal waters clean.

Please Note: Funding from the CPR Grant Program cannot be used to address pollution from non-stormwater-related "point sources," such as the repair of illegal sewer line connections and any activity associated with septic systems, and cannot be used for land acquisition or projects constructed on non-public lands that do not have an access easement.

Summaries of past CPR projects

See the links below for PDF summaries of the projects receiving CPR grants for each fiscal year (FY) listed.

CZM Grant Viewer - This interactive map provides information on the CPR grants, as well as these grants: CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grants, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program grants, and the MassBays National Estuary Partnership's Healthy Estuaries Grants. Pop-up boxes provide details on each grant award and information can be sorted by grant program, category (including Construction - Living Shoreline or Stormwater Infrastructure, Design & Permitting, Habitat Restoration, and Vulnerability Assessment), and year that mapped data are available.

Who is eligible to apply?

The CPR Grant Program is open to municipalities located within the boundaries of the Massachusetts coastal watershed, which encompasses 220 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. See eligible municipalities.

What is the grant timeline?

CZM generally issues a Request for Responses (RFR) for the CPR Grant Program in spring or early summer, contingent upon funding. When issued, the RFR, with an enclosed application, is posted on COMMBUYS. Projects must be completed by June 30 the following year. To receive an email announcement that the RFR is posted, please email Cristina Kennedy at cristina.kennedy@mass.gov.

How much can I ask for?

The maximum award for CPR is contingent upon available funding. In each of the last several years, a total of $500,000 in funding was available. The maximum award for each project was $175,000. Applicants committed to matching 25% of the total project cost.

What needs to be included in a grant proposal?

Previous RFRs have included the following proposal requirements:

  • A brief project summary.
  • A description of the nonpoint source pollution problem and connection to coastal habitat or water quality with supporting materials.
  • A description of the short-term and long-term goals of the project, which should be specific and measurable.
  • A description of the project approach to accomplish the goals and address the nonpoint source pollution problem described. Include project tasks, timeline, and a description of staff and partners and their roles.
  • A description of how the community will commit to and implement operation and maintenance activities of BMPs.
  • A description of the anticipated results of the project, how they will be measured, and how they link to the described goals.
  • A description of local commitment, detailing the level of support and coordination for the project and its regional importance.
  • A detailed budget that includes grant funds requested, match provided, and total cost for each project task. Applicants are required to match at least 25% of the total project cost with in-kind services or cash.
  • A disclosure indicating any other funding received or applied for related to the proposed project.
  • A statement from the authorized municipal signatory acknowledging and accepting the 25% match and the project deadline (June 30 of the following year).
  • A letter of commitment to regular operation and maintenance of constructed infrastructure (required for implementation projects only).
  • Letters of support from all organizations identified in the project proposal as participating in the project or providing a portion of the match for the project.

Carefully review each RFR before developing your application as priorities and requirements may change from year to year.

Guidance Documents

The structural solutions and technologies implemented to address NPS pollution require careful planning and basic maintenance to remain effective. These publications will provide recommendations on siting and designing BMPs to withstand coastal impacts and improving operation and maintenance practices for BMPs funded through the CPR Grant Program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review these documents.

  • Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Stormwater BMPs - Stormwater BMPs in coastal areas are subject to flooding, storm damage, and salt and wind exposure—impacts that are exacerbated by sea level rise, higher groundwater levels, and increased frequency and intensity of storm and precipitation events due to climate change. In 2015, CZM and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection contracted Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (with support from the Woods Hole Group) to assess potential impacts to coastal BMPs due to climate change, evaluate existing coastal BMPs, and develop a set of recommendations for coastal communities. The Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities report provides results of this project and is intended to help municipalities address the unique challenges of siting, designing, and constructing BMPs on the coast.
  • Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation - In 2005, CZM contracted with the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. to conduct field inspections of stormwater BMPs funded by the CPR Grant Program. Horsley Witten evaluated the maintenance history and condition of each installed BMP and made an overall assessment of its functionality. Coastal Pollutant Remediation Program Stormwater BMP Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation (PDF, 390 KB) is a summary report that details the findings of these inspections and includes a set of recommendations for improving maintenance, construction, and design of stormwater BMPs. Applicants to the CPR program must incorporate these recommendations into potential stormwater remediation projects.

Who can help me apply for a CPR Grant?

CZM can help potential applicants develop project ideas up until the RFR for the grant year is released. After the RFR is released, questions can be submitted to CZM in writing until the close of the question and answer period, which will be approximately three weeks.

Please contact the following CZM staff and Regional Coordinators with any questions (please note that email is the better contact option):

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Cristina Kennedy
Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist
cristina.kennedy@mass.gov
Phone: (617) 626-1231

Adrienne Pappal
Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Manager
adrienne.pappal@mass.gov
Phone: (617) 626-1218

Kathryn Glenn
North Shore Regional Coordinator
kathryn.glenn@mass.gov
Phone: (978) 281-3972

Erikk Hokenson
Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator
erikk.hokenson@mass.gov
Phone: (617) 626-1234

Jason Burtner
South Shore Regional Coordinator
jason.burtner@mass.gov
Phone: (781) 546-6012

Stephen McKenna
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator
stephen.mckenna@mass.gov
Phone: (508) 375-6856

David Janik
South Coastal Regional Coordinator
david.janik@mass.gov
Phone: (774) 377-6001

In addition to providing assistance with developing project ideas, the Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Programs can also help applicants with grant applications.

Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program Contacts (please note that email is the better contact option)

Massachusetts Bays
Pam DiBona
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership
pamela.dibona@mass.gov
Phone: (617) 626-1204
Fax: (617) 626-1240

Upper North Shore
Peter Phippen
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
PPhippen@mvpc.org
Phone: (978) 374-0519 x17
Fax: (978) 372-4890

Lower North Shore
Barbara Warren
Salem Sound Coastwatch
barbara.warren@salemsound.org
Phone: (978) 741-7900
Fax: (978) 741-0458

Metro Boston
Torrie Hanley
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
t.hanley@northeastern.edu
Phone: (781) 581-7370
Fax: (781) 581-6076

South Shore
Sara Grady
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
sara@nsrwa.org
Phone: (781) 659-8168

Cape Cod
Jo Ann Muramoto
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
jmuramoto@apcc.org
Phone: (508) 362-4226 x16
Fax: (508) 362-3136

Buzzards Bay
Joe Costa
joe.costa@mass.gov
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
Phone: (774) 377-6000

Contact Information

For more information about the CPR Grant Program, contact:

(please note that email is the better contact option)

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