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Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Grants & Other Funding Opportunities

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Upcoming grant rounds

- Regular Spring BBNEP Municipal minigrants (June 2015, $154,000 for Wetland and habitat restoration and protection; information posted on this page).

- July 2015 NEP grant program in support of SNEP funds, $900,000 available, municipalities, non-profits, research and higher education are eligible.

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- Fall 2015 Southern New England Program (SNEP) funds, $3 to $5 million anticipated, municipalities, non-profits, and others expected to be eligible.

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, to provide support for mapping stormwater drainage networks, 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.

More recently, we have also administered funds in support of the Southern New England Program (formerly SNECWRP). These grant funds are made available to a wider range of groups including municipalities, non-profits, higher education and research institutions, and others.

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).

Anticipated June 2015 Release of Buzzards Bay Municipal Minigrants

Grant Program: Buzzards Bay Municipal Minigrants
Funding Area: Wetland and habitat restoration and protection
Entity: Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program/MCZM
Eligibility: Municipalities
Geographic Extent: Buzzards Bay Watershed
Funding Available: $154,000
Match Required: 33% of requested funds
Award Limits (per proposal/per entity): $45,000/$50,000
RFR Release Date: June 2015
More information to come.

Funds may be used for a variety of purposes that meet program goals, including, but not limited to:

Generally, there are no other limitations on the use of funds, other than as defined in the Solicitation. Refer to the Solicitation for additional details when it is posted.

Anticipated July 2015 Release of NEP Water Quality Grants (SNEP funds)

In July 2015, both the Buzzards Bay NEP and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program will each release a $900,000 request for proposals for water quality projects. Information about the release of those funds will be posted at our SNEP page (formerly SNECWRP). Municipalities, non-profits, research and higher education entities are eligible to apply. The focus of the program will be nutrient and pathogen impairments, including those conveyed by stormwater, groundwater discharges, and outfalls. More details will be posted soon.

Funding Area: Nutrients, pathogens, stormwater
Funding Administrator: Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program/MCZM, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program/NEIWPCC
Eligibility: Municipalities, Non-profits, Higher Educational/Research Institutions
Geographic Extent: Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay watersheds
Funding Available: $900,000 per National Estuary Program
Match Required: 25% of requested funds
Award Limits (per proposal/per entity): $200,000/not determined
RFR Release Date: late July 2015
For further information please go to: for projects within the Buzzards Bay watershed or or for projects in the Narragansett Bay watershed. Request for proposal solicitations will be posted when available.

March 2015 Municipal Minigrant Solicitation

The Buzzards Bay NEP, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), made available $40,000 in federal funds as part of the Buzzards Bay municipal minigrant program. The funds, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under our cooperative agreement, represent unspent money from last year's grant. Because of reduced funding, and to compliment exclusions of the 2014 SNEP grants, the grant round was limited to wetland and habitat protection and restoration. We expect to fund one to several proposals with these funds depending upon requested amounts and scoring ranks. The Buzzards Bay NEP posted a grant request for proposal solicitation as part of our municipal minigrant program on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' system, (here is a pdf version of the solicitation). Applications were due by 4 PM, Monday, May 11, 2015. After submissions, the grant review committee met and made recommendations on the projects. Grant awards announcements are expected in June 2015.

Eligible Respondents to our Grant Programs

Unless otherwise specified in a solicitation, eligible municipalities in the municipal minigrants program include Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, Carver, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold. Grants funded by SNEP have an expanded list of eligible applicants including non-profits and research and higher education institutions. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed. For participation in the municipal minigrant stormwater designs program, the discharge must be contributing to an existing impairment.

Applicants must submit separate proposal forms for each grant proposal. Generally, applicants may submit any number of applications in any grant category. The dollar limits per grant and per applicant vary among the solicitations, so please review the information in the solicitation about per application and per applicant grant limits. In the municipal grant program, municipalities may submit applications in partnership with other public or private organizations, or subcontract tasks with private firms, however, we will municipal grant program award contracts only to municipalities. Applicants should never self-select grants and limit their applications to local priorities or per applicant grant limits because it is impossible to predict how applications will fare against other proposals. Applicants should always submit all of their good proposals.

Past Municipal Grants Awarded

Award announcements for past years are on these links:

2014 SNECWRP Grant Awards ($728,559 awarded)

2013 Grant Awards ($122,000 awarded)

2012 Grant Awards (83,460 awarded)

2011 Grant Awards ($180,958 awarded)

2010 Grant Awards ($282,512 awarded)

2009 Grant Awards ($167,000 awarded)

Fall 2008 Grant Awards ($131,000 awarded)

March 2008 Grant Awards ($104,000 awarded)

Spring 2007 Grant Awards ($98,000 awarded)

Fall 2006 Grant Awards ($112,000 awarded)

Suggestions for applying for other grants

All BBNEP 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 finding match 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.