Grants & Other Funding Opportunities
2013 Municipal Grant RFR Information and detailsThis spring, the Buzzards Bay NEP, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is making available $121,600 in federal funds 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' Comm-Pass.com system. Applications are due by 4 PM, Thursday, June 27, 2013. In July, the grant review committee will meet and make recommendations on the projects.
Read the 2013 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 Comm-Pass.com (search "Buzzards" after clicking the "search for a solicitations" link in the "SOLICITATIONS" tab).
For your convenience, we provide this link the RFR (MS word document) Download the 2013 RFR as Microsoft Word document (type your responses directly in the document)
pdf version of the RFR
OverviewThe Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, a planning and technical assistance unit of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, is again making 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 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.
Eligible Respondents to our Grant ProgramsUnless 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 InformationTo view our solicitation, and to download the forms, go to www.comm-pass.com. 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.
Eligible uses of fundsBelow is an overview of projects eligible for funding according to the 2013 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.
- Stormwater remediation designs,
- Implementation and construction of existing stormwater designs,
- Stormwater mapping support,
- Wetland/open space/habitat restoration, preservation, acquisition or protection,
- Digitization of wetland boundaries or land elevations from wetland permits,
- Migratory fish passage and habitat restoration,
- Water quality testing in support for establishing priorities for stormwater remediation,
- Construction of a boat pump-out facility in a municipality or harbor when none exists,
- Creation of online reporting systems for tracking of operation, maintenance and monitoring of innovative and alternative septic systems, and
- Other activities in support of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.
Questions Received and Responses to the 2013 Municipal Grant RoundThe Regional Planner Sarah Williams will accept questions about this RFR in writing by mail, fax, or email through 4 PM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Buzzards Bay NEP will post responses to questions (including those received at the site visit), if any, on this website by Wednesday, June 12, 2013, as well as on www.Comm-Pass.com. 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 www.Comm-Pass.com. 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 not be finalized until the Question period ends.
RESPONSE TO QUESTION 1:No Questions have yet been received.
Past Municipal Grants AwardedAward announcements for past years are on these links:
2012 Grant Awards ($122,000 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? Match 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.