NEP Funding

Buzzards Bay NEP Grants & Funding Opportunities

Open Grant Solicitations

In the summer of 2017, the Buzzards Bay NEP had two grant solicitations open: one for our FY18 Municipal Mini-grant Program ($128,274 available), and the other to provide support for Inter-municipal and regional Water Quality Monitoring Programs ($45,000 available).  Both solicitations for proposals were listed on CommBuys, with the deadline for applications to both grant programs on August 1, 2017.  Below is the summary of the FY18 grant program. Read the EEA press release on the grants awarded.

FY18 Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Mini-grant Program

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), requests proposals for the FY18 Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Mini-grant Program. Projects must implement a recommendation or recommendations in the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and be principally located within the Buzzards Bay Watershed. Eligible projects include:

  1. Stormwater remediation designs for discharges affecting marine waters,
  2. Implementation and construction of existing stormwater designs for discharges affecting marine waters,
  3. Wetland/open space/habitat restoration, preservation, acquisition or protection,
  4. Update or digitizing of wetland boundaries or land elevations from wetland permits,
  5. Migratory fish passage and habitat restoration,
  6. Construction of a boat pump-out facility in a municipality or harbor when none exists,
  7. Creation of online reporting systems for tracking of operation, maintenance and monitoring of innovative and alternative septic systems,
  8. Projects that, through direct action, mitigate for or restore: coastal waters, coastal resources, freshwaters, or freshwater resources adversely affected by nutrient loading (nitrogen or phosphorus pollution), and
  9. Other activities in support of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

This solicitation is open to all municipalities within the Buzzards Bay Watershed. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed boundary (see map in Attachment C and detail on eligible applicants in section 2A in the full RFR). Furthermore, Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities who meet the eligibility criteria under this section are strongly encouraged to apply under this grant opportunity.

It is anticipated that a total of $128,274 in federal funds will be available through this solicitation. Should the amount of available funding change, EEA reserves the right to increase or decrease the amount of available grant funding. Final funding amounts subject to approval. Exceptions may be made at the Secretary’s discretion (see further detail on Funding Availability in section 2C in the full RFR).

Municipalities may submit any number of applications per grant category, and they may receive more than one grant; however, no single grant award may exceed $35,000, and no municipality may be awarded more than $60,000 cumulatively through this solicitation. If a municipality applies in several categories, and the cumulative request of applications exceeds $60,000, only the highest ranked proposals from that municipality will be considered for funding. If a municipality has several proposals that rank competitively and are selected for funding, but which cumulatively exceed $60,000, partial funding may be offered to the lowest ranked proposal where feasible. Communities are encouraged to submit multiple projects, even if the cumulative request exceeds $60,000. Please do not self-select proposals or limit budgets of individual projects so the combined municipal request stays under the $60,000 threshold. It is impossible to predict how applications will fare against projects from other towns, so municipalities should always submit all of their good proposals and ask for what is necessary to complete the projects.

Information about the solicitation is at this link. You can use this fillable form PDF grant application to apply: ENV18CZM04_MINI GRANTS_application.

Inter-municipal and Regional Water Quality Monitoring Programs Support

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), requests proposals for the Water Quality Monitoring Programs – Buzzards Bay Watershed Mini-grant solicitation. Projects must involve inter-municipal or Buzzards Bay-wide water quality monitoring programs to characterize conditions or establish priorities for action. Eligible Projects: This solicitation is limited to funding water quality monitoring programs undertaken Buzzards Bay-wide or across two or more municipalities to characterize pollution discharges or existing baseline conditions in receiving waters to help inform management action. The monitoring may include ambient water quality monitoring, discharge monitoring, or groundwater monitoring. An EPA-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) is a requirement for application of funding under this solicitation. Writing and preparation of a QAPP cannot be funded with these grant funds. Acceptable grant-related costs include staff time, interns, equipment, or laboratory tests.

This solicitation is open to all municipalities and non-profit organizations within the Buzzards Bay Watershed. For-profit organizations, state agencies, and educational institutions are not eligible, but they may be subcontracted by or partnered with the grantee. The grantee must be a Massachusetts based organization with a tax identification number and the authority to enter into contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but partners and subcontractors need not be. Although multiple partners may be involved with a project, a single grantee will be the recipient of funds, and partners receiving funds through the grantee will be considered subcontractors. The grantee will be responsible for the completion of all tasks including those through subcontracted partners.

Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities who meet the eligibility criteria under this section are strongly encouraged to apply under this grant opportunity.

It is anticipated a total of $45,000 in federal funds will be available through this solicitation, with a funding limit of $30,000 per applicant. Should the amount of available funding change, EEA reserves the right to increase or decrease the amount of available grant funding. Final funding amounts subject to approval. Exceptions may be made at the Secretary’s discretion (see further detail on Funding Availability in section 2C in the full RFR).

Applicants may submit any number of applications, and they may receive more than one grant; however, no single grant award may exceed $30,000, and no applicant may be awarded more than $30,000 cumulatively through this solicitation. If an applicant submits multiple requests, and the cumulative request of applications exceeds $30,000, only the highest ranked proposals from that applicant will be considered for funding. If an applicant has several proposals that rank competitively and are selected for funding, but which cumulatively exceed $30,000, partial funding may be offered to the lowest ranked proposal where feasible. Applicants are encouraged to submit multiple projects, even if the cumulative request exceeds $30,000. Please do not self-select proposals or limit budgets of individual projects so the combined request stays under the $30,000 threshold. It is impossible to predict how applications will fare against projects from others, so applicants should always submit all of their good proposals and ask for what is necessary to complete the projects.

Information about the solicitation is at this link. You can use this fillable form PDF grant application form to apply: ENV18CZM03_MONITORING PROGRAMS_application.

Upcoming grant rounds

Except for our two open grant rounds, we do not anticipate soliciting for other grant applications in 2017. There are many other grant opportunities available through other state and federal agencies. Visit our other grant funding opportunities page to learn more. Please visit also our past grants awarded page to see some great projects we were able to fund.

Overview of Buzzards Bay Municipal Grant Program

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, a planning and technical assistance unit of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, makes funding available to assist eligible Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities to meet the goals and objectives of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. Grant categories typically include the protection of open space, rare and endangered species habitat, and freshwater and saltwater wetlands, projects to help restore tidally restricted salt marshes, to develop designs and remediate stormwater discharges threatening water quality, monitoring to establish the effectiveness of previously funded Buzzards Bay NEP projects, to construct pumpout facilities, 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.

All our grant programs are made available through the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) as part of one or more Cooperative Agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Suggestions for applying for other grants

All Buzzards Bay NEP grants, and grants solicitations issued by other state agencies, are posted on the state’s CommBuys system. If you check the CommBuys website regularly, you will be informed of grant opportunities from the Buzzards Bay NEP and other Commonwealth of Massachusetts agencies.

The Buzzards Bay NEP provides technical support to municipalities within our watershed, and may also provide technical support outside our watershed depending on staff availability and transferability of the project.

Is your town having trouble meeting match requirements for environmental grants? Consider matching Buzzards Bay NEP or CZM CPR grants with funding from other sources, like Massachusetts Environmental Trust. CZM grants and MET funds are state funds and can be used to match federally funded grant programs like the Buzzards Bay NEP’s or Massachusetts DEP’s 319 NPS program.

Click on the link Other Funding Opportunities for funding opportunities in other agency programs.