Grants & Other Funding Opportunities
Upcoming grant rounds
- Regular Spring BBNEP Municipal grants (May 2015, funding TBA)
- Summer 2015 SNECWRP funds, funding TBA)
March 2015 Municipal Grant Solicitation Information and details
The Buzzards Bay NEP, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), is making available $40,000 in federal funds as part of the Buzzards Bay municipal grant program. The funds represent unspent money from last year's grant. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by our program, this limited funding grant round will exclusively focus on the protection or restoration of wetlands, uplands, and important habitat. 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 Proposal Solicitation as part of our municipal grant program on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' CommBuys.com system. Applications are due by 4 PM, Monday, May 11, 2015. After submissions, the grant review committee will meet and make recommendations on the projects.
The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program provides grants and 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 Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and is posted on the state's procurement website CommBuys.com.
For your convenience, we provide this link to the Solicitation (MS word document) Download the March 2015 Grant Proposal Solicitation as Microsoft Word document (type your responses directly in the document)
pdf version of the Grant Proposal Solicitation
Overview of Buzzards Bay Municipal Grant ProgramThe 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 oobjectives 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. In the March 2015 grant round, because of reduced funding, and to compliment exclsuions of the 2014 SNECWRP grants, the grant round was limited to wetland and habitat protection and restoration.
Eligible Respondents to our Grant ProgramsUnless otherwise specified in a solicitation, 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. 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. The dollar limits per grant and per municiaplity vary among the solictations, so please review the information in the solicitation (the March 2015 limitation is $40,000 per municipality or grant). 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 InformationTo view our solicitation, and to download the forms, go to www.CommBuys.com.
For your convenience, below is the Solicitation as a MS Word document that is posted on the CommBuys.com 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 CommBuys.com website link above.
March 2015 Grant Round Eligible Uses of Funds
Funds may be used for a variety of purposes that meet program goals goals, including, but not limited to:
- Appraisals, site evaluations, or professional land surveys on parcels that are expected to be available for public land purchases, permanent conservation restrictions or easements, or purchase by land trust organizations.
- Outright purchase of conservation land. Cost effectiveness for this category will be based on cost per acre as defined in the scoring criteria.
- Municipal acquisition of conservation restrictions to permanently protect a parcel from development.
- Startup or seed money for restoration of wetlands (including surface water quality), including survey, assessment, and development of designs.
- Improved tidal flushing of bays and salt marshes to restore tidally restricted salt marshes (see the Atlas of Tidally Restricted Salt Marshes in the Buzzards Bay Watershed at http://www.buzzardsbay.org/smatlasmain.htm), or achieve other improvements in water quality and benthic or other habitat.
- Removal of fill or other alterations to inland and coastal wetlands. Municipalities are encouraged to review the Selected Inventory of Potential Wetland Restoration Sites in the Buzzards Bay Watershed. Phases I and II at www.buzzardsbay.org/filledwetlandatlas.htm.
- Projects to detect and monitor non-native invasive species.
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.
Questions Received and Responses to the 2015 Municipal Grant RoundThe Regional Planner Sarah Williams will accept questions about this Solicitation in writing by mail, fax, or email through 4 PM, Friday, April 24, 2015. The Buzzards Bay NEP will post responses to questions (including those received at the site visit), if any, on this website by Wednesday, April 29, 2015, as well as on www.CommBuys.com. These answers are for clarification purposes only and do not constitute an amendment to the Solicitation unless expressly stated as such. Responses to questions, if any, will be posted here, as well as on www.CommBuys.com. These answers are for clarification purposes only and do not constitute an amendment to the Solicitation 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 not be finalized until the Question period ends.
QUESTION 1: What is the maximum amount a single grant proposal may request?
RESPONSE TO QUESTION 1: The maximum request amount is $40,000.
Past Municipal Grants AwardedAward 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 grantsAll BBNEP grants, and grants solicitations issued by other state agencies, are posted on the state's Comm-Pass 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.