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Upcoming grant rounds

Spring 2016 Buzzards Bay NEP Municipal Grants

The Buzzards Bay NEP a municipal grant request for proposals on April 27, 2016. Go to the COMMBUYS website to download the guidance and application.

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.

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).

Spring 2016 Municipal MiniGrant Request Announcement

The Spring 2016 Buzzards Bay municipal grants have been posted. Go to the COMMBUYS website to download the guidance and application. We have now added standalone fillable pdf application form for your convenience, or you can use the word version of the application.

Grant Program: Buzzards Bay Municipal Minigrants
Funding Area: Multiple categories including any area identified as a CCMP goal or objective
Entity: Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program/MCZM
Eligibility: Municipalities are eligible recipients, but municipalities may subcontract or collaborate with other partners.
Geographic Extent: Buzzards Bay Watershed
Funding Available: $223,000 (estimated)
Match Required: 33% of requested funds
Award Limits (per proposal/per entity): $35,000/$60,000
RFR Release Date: April 27, 2016
Application Deadline:Five complete copies of the application form and any attachments must be submitted (by mail or in person) no later than 4:00 PM Thursday, June 2, 2016 to: Sarah Williams, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, 2870 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham, MA 02538. Email submissions will not be accepted.
The RFP, application form, and other information are posted on the Go to the COMMBUYS website

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 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 and SNEP Grants Awarded

Award announcements and grant details for past years are on these links:

BBNEP 2015 SNEP Grant Awards (NEP SNEP Round 2): January 2016 ($794,478 awarded)

Summer 2015 grants ($147,000 awarded)

Spring 2015 grants ($40,000 awarded)

BBNEP 2014 SNECWRP Grant Awards (NEP SNEP Round 1) ($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 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.