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2012 Buzzards Bay Municipal Grant Program

Municipal Grants Awarded

2012 Municipal Grants Awarded

Buzzards Bay NEP Announces $122,000 in Environmental Grants to Five Municipalities

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, part of the Office of Coastal Zone Management, and administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will award $122,000 grants to five Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities to fund land conservation and infrastructure improvement projects designed to conserve open space and rare species habitat, protect drinking water resources, restore wetlands, study nitrogen discharges to estuaries, and help open shellfish beds.

This year's awards to Buzzards Bay watershed communities are as follows: Read EEA's press release.

Buzzards Bay NEP Awarded Bourne Stormwater Engineering Design Services

In partnership with the Town of Bourne, and as part of our municipal grant program, the Buzzards Bay NEP awarded a contract to Green Seal Environmental Inc. to provide engineering services to assist the Town of Bourne develop stormwater treatment designs to reduce stormwater volumes and pollutants discharging contributing to water quality impairments in Cohasset Narrows. The RFR was posted April 12, 2012, the application due date was Friday, June 1, 2012 by 4:00 PM, and the work commenced at the end of July. Go to our stormwater designs procurement page for more information about this project.

If you are considering an applying to the Buzzards Bay NEP for funding, please remember that we only fund projects in the Buzzards Bay watershed shown below.

Buzzards Bay watershed map
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2012 Municipal Grant RFR Information and details

In the Spring of 2012, the Buzzards Bay NEP, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) announced the availability of $140,041 as part of the Buzzards Bay municipal grant program. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by our program, this grant program aids towns in testing and treating stormwater discharges, protecting wetlands and wildlife habitat, improving water supplies and safeguarding open spaces. The Buzzards Bay NEP posted a Request for Responses (RFR) as part of our municipal grant program at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' system. Applications were due by 4 PM, Thursday, June 28, 2012. In July, the grant review committee met and made recommendations on the projects.

Read the 2012 cover letter to the municipalities on our current grant round.

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program provides grants a technical assistance to Buzzards Bay municipalities in their efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. Our funding is made available through the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management office and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and is posted on the state's procurement website (search "Buzzards" after clicking the "search for a solicitations" link in the "SOLICITATIONS" tab).

We provided this link the RFR (MS word document) Download the 2012 RFR as Microsoft Word document (type your responses directly in the document)

pdf version of the RFR

Eligible Respondents to our Grant Programs

Unless otherwise specified in an RFR, eligible municipalities include Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, Carver, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed (see map above). For participation in the stormwater program, the discharge must be contributing to an existing impairment.

Municipalities must submit separate application forms for each grant proposal. Municipalities may submit any number of applications in any grant category. However, no single project award can exceed $35,000, and no municipality may be awarded more than $50,000 through this solicitation. Municipalities may submit applications in partnership with other public or private organizations, or subcontract tasks, however, we will award contracts only to municipalities. Municipalities should never self-select grants and limit their applications to local priorities or municipal grant limits because it is impossible to predict how applications will fare against projects in other towns. Municipalities should always submit all of their good proposals.

Application Information

To view our solicitation, and to download the forms, go to On the search for solicitations page type "Buzzards Bay Watershed" on the keyword line, and on the 4th line down select "open" in the document status pull down box, then click the "search" button. A results line will appear "1 documents match your search." Click on this. (Sorry there is no hard link, this is a dynamic link website.)

For your convenience, below is the is the RFR as a MS Word document that is posted on the Comm-Pass website. Applicants can type their responses and proposal information in the document. Applications may require additional Commonwealth forms (although most municipalities already have these on file with us), and these can be downloaded on the COMM-PASS website link above.

Download the 2012 RFR as Microsoft Word document (type your responses directly in the document)

Eligible uses of funds

Below is an overview of projects eligible for funding according to the 2012 RFR. Generally there are no other limitations on the use of funds, other than as defined in the RFR. Refer to the RFR for additional details.

Questions Received and Responses to the 2012 Municipal Grant Round

The Regional Planner Sarah Williams will accept questions about this RFR in writing by mail, fax, or email through 4 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The Buzzards Bay NEP will post responses to questions (including those received at the site visit), if any, on this website by Wednesday, May 23, 2012, as well as on These answers are for clarification purposes only and do not constitute an amendment to the RFR unless expressly stated as such. Responses to questions, if any, will be posted here, as well as on These answers are for clarification purposes only and do not constitute an amendment to the RFR unless expressly stated as such.

Questions received (which may be paraphrased), and answers to those questions.

These responses should be considered tentative, and for informational purposes, and will will not be finalized until the Question period ends.



No Questions were received this year.

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, a planning and technical assistance unit of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, made available funding to assist eligible Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities in the protection of open space, rare and endangered species habitat, and freshwater and saltwater wetlands, to help restore tidally restricted salt marshes, to develop designs and remediate stormwater discharges threatening water quality, to provide support for mapping stormwater drainage networks, to construct pumpout facilities, to update town parcel data (MassGIS is in the process up updating municipal parcel data statewide, therefore only those towns that are not scheduled to be brought up to Level 3 standards by MassGIS until FY13 are eligible in this category. Eligible municipalities include: Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Wareham and Westport), to digitize wetland boundaries approved in permits, to assist in the monitoring of water quality to prioritize stormwater remediation, to address problems in migratory fish passage, and to implement other recommendations contained in the watershed management plan for Buzzards Bay.