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The Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program was established in 1996 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 paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $9.4 million in CPR grants have been awarded.
Latest CPR Awards: On August 3, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced over $500,000 in funding through CZM’s CPR Grant Program to the communities of Barnstable, Everett, Kingston, Melrose, Plymouth, and Yarmouth. See the EEA Press Release.
Model 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.
To improve coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating NPS pollution, the CPR Grant Program funds projects that:
Three categories of projects are funded:
See the links below for PDF summaries of the projects receiving CPR grants for each fiscal year listed.
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. Additionally, CPR funds cannot be used to treat pollution from unpaved surfaces.
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.
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.
The maximum award for CPR is contingent upon available funding. In Fiscal Year 2018, 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.
The RFR requires the following to be included in the grant application:
Carefully review each RFR before developing your application as priorities and requirements may change from year to year.
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.
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:
Adrienne PappalCoastal Habitat and Water Quality Manager
Phone: (617) firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist
Phone: (617) email@example.com
North Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (978) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) email@example.com
South Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (781) firstname.lastname@example.org
South Coastal Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 291-3625 email@example.com
Lisa Berry Engler
Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator
Phone: (617) firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to providing assistance with developing project ideas, the Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuarine Programs can also help applicants write the grant applications.
Upper North Shore
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Phone: (978) 374-0519 x17
Fax: (978) 372-4890PPhippen@mvpc.org
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Phone: (781) email@example.com
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Phone: (978) 741-7900
Fax: (978) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Ann Muramoto
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Phone: (508) 362-4226 x16
Fax: (508) email@example.com
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Phone: (781) 581-7370 x321
Fax: (781) firstname.lastname@example.org
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
Phone: (508) 291-3625 x19
Fax: (508) email@example.com
Contact Adrienne Pappal for more information about the CPR Grant Program at (617) 626-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.