Environmental Economic Innovation Grant

The Massachusetts Environmental Economic Innovation and Resiliency in Marine Fisheries Grant Program will allow for awards of up to $100,000 per project to the commercial fishing industry. Bids must be completed in CommBuys by November 18, 2022.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is accepting applications for the 2022 Massachusetts Environmental Economic Innovation and Resiliency in Marine Fisheries Grant Program. The goal of this Grant Program is to develop, utilize, or promote innovative approaches that enhance environmental benefits and encourage increased economic activity in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Environmental Economic Innovation and Resiliency in Marine Fisheries Grant Program will allow for awards of up to $100,000 per project. A total of $1,666,667 will be available through this grant program as approved in H.4269, “An Act Relative to Immediate COVID-19 Recovery Needs. Applicants should have experience and significant ties to the commercial fishing, seafood, and/or aquaculture industries, or to the marine engineering, environmental monitoring, or technology development industries. 

Proposals will support the commercial fishing, seafood, and/or aquaculture industries through the development, utilization, and promotion of innovative approaches to enhance environmental benefits and encourage increased economic activity. The project can be specific to a species or region and can be a piece of a larger undertaking.  Priority will be given to those proposals that aid in mitigating economic barriers resulting from climate change and generate the greatest good for the Commonwealth. Project outcomes, technologies developed, and data collected must be shared with the relevant industries, as well as local and state natural resource managers.  All chosen projects must be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application for funds

DMF has issued a request for response (RFR) for grant proposals that will benefit the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry. In compliance with the budget language, grants will be capped at $100,000 and the RFR will focus on “innovative approaches to enhance environmental benefits and encourage increased economic activity” in the following categories:

  • capital infrastructure improvements that promote energy efficiency;
  • the purchase or expanded use of renewable energy technologies;
  • tools to address barriers to economic growth, including business management technical assistance and the purchase of more efficient equipment and technology;
  • tools, technologies, and technical assistance to support practices that promote resilience against the impacts of climate change;
  • tools and technologies to facilitate sustainability and new product development;
  • research development, acquisition, and purchase of innovative commercial fishing gear designed to protect stocks and species of concern including, but not limited, to the north Atlantic right whale; and
  • direct marketing and branding of products to consumers

How to apply

Applicants will need to submit a bid on CommBuys. To do this, you must first be registered in CommBuys. After registering, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to the gear icon for settings and click Advanced Search; select "Bid Solicitations" from the dropdown menu
  • In the search bar, enter bid# BD-23-1046-DMF-FW201-80240 and click Search
  • Click on the Bid Solicitation Link and click "Yes"
  • Under File Attachments, click on the DMF_Environmental_Economic_Innovation_GrantProposal.docx to download a copy of the RFR. This document explains what is needed for the application.
  • To submit a bid, scroll to the bottom of this page and select "Create Quote"
  • All bids must be submitted through CommBuys by November 18, 2022, to be considered for this grant. Grants are competitive and projects will be scored and chosen accordingly for this funding.

If you have any questions about the specifics of this grant program, please email us at dmf.grants@mass.gov. If you need help with CommBuys registration or submitting a bid on CommBuys, please email Whitney.Sargent@mass.gov

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