Massachusetts Climate Change Funding
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Massachusetts - Funding Sources for Climate Change Adaptation
OrganizationProgramPurposeApplication DatesWebsiteContact
State of MassachusettsState issued “Green Bond” (series D green bonds)The state is selling “Green Bonds” to fund environmentally beneficial projects for Land Acquisition, Open Space Protection
& Environmental Remediation, River Revitalization and Preservation &
Habitat Restoration, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, and Clean & Drinking Water
Varies: The state sold $100 million in bonds in June 2013, and $350 million in September 2014. the Commonwealth: Tel: 800-535-1144.
Email at
Commonwealth of MassachusettsState Treasurer's Officec/o Debt Management Department3 Center Plaza, Suite 430Boston, MA 02108
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs – administered by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone ManagementMassachusetts Coastal Community Resilience Grant ProgramThis grant program provides financial and technical resources to advance new and innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities, and implement measures to increase community resilience (i.e., the ability to endure impacts associated with coastal storms and the effects of erosion, flooding, and sea level rise and to respond, recover, and adapt to consequences). This grant program is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone.Unknown. The 2016 Request for Responses (RFR) is now closed. Bowie, Coastal Resilience Specialist, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management251 Causeway Street, Suite 800 Boston, MA 02114 617-626-1186
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal ProgramA series of grant programs designed to support local climate preparedness efforts, combat the effects of coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise, and protect coastal communities. allows for the repair and removal of dams, levees and seawalls to help restore ecological systems, improve public safety and protect key public assets.
Grants of up to $1,000,000 are available for dam and levee projects, and up to $3,000,000 for coastal protection projects.
Applications can be found on the CommBuys website and will be accepted until July 14, 2015. Clarkeson, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, ADA coordinator
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)Provides funds to States, territories, Indian Tribal governments and communities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster eventFederal funding for this nationally competitive grant program is generally an annual allocation (subject to Congressional appropriation). EMA:

Ph: (508) 820-2000Fax: (508) 820-2030

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)Helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential major disaster declaration. Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from natural hazards.Open: Following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration MA EMA disperses funds to FEMA approved projects. EMA:

Ph: (508) 820-2000Fax: (508) 820-2030

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Administered by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Flood Mitigation Assistance ProgramAssists states and communities in implementing cost-effective measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).The Notice of Funding Opportunity announcements are posted on Grants.gov EMA:

Ph: (508) 820-2000Fax: (508) 820-2030

US Department of Homeland Security
Public Assistance ProgramTo provide supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.Open: Once a disaster has occurred, and the State has declared a state of emergency, The President then makes the decision whether or not to declare a major disaster or emergency.

Following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration MA EMA disperses funds to FEMA approved projects.
MA disaster recovery specialists contact numbers at:
Environmental Finance Center - University of MarylandLocal Government Stormwater Financing ManualEFC’s Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Public sector financing in general, and stormwater financing specifically often appear to be inaccessibly complicated and technical to even experienced public officials. Therefore, rather than try to address the myriad of issues associated with stormwater financing, the main strategy was to provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities towards effective action.--
Environmental Finance Center, 1210 Preinkert Field House, (Building 054), College Park, MD 2074
EPA New EnglandFunding Stormwater FactsheetThis document is intended to assist local stormwater managers to alleviate the significant expense of construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The costs of stormwater programs, increased by regulatory requirements (stormwater Phase I or Phase II), flooding concerns, water quality issues (including total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs) and population growth, may be subsidized through a stormwater utility or various other methods detailed in this document. -- EPA New England—Thelma Murphy
Rob Adler
617- 918-1396
Metropolitan Area Planning CouncilStormwater Utility/Funding Starter KitMAPC and project partners developed a Stormwater Utility/Funding Starter Kit to help municipalities take control of local water quality issues via a long-term funding source for stormwater management, which is encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Massachusetts municipalities are authorized under Massachusetts General Laws to establish a stormwater management authority, empowering them to charge fees to property owners, just as traditional utilities are allowed to charge fees for electricity, drinking water, and sewering services (MGL Chapter 40 Section 1A, Chapter 40A Section 5, Chapter 44 Section 53F‐1/2, and Chapter 83 Section 16).
-- Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner, MAPC Environmental Division at or 617-933-0749.
Town of Reading - MassachusettsStormwater Funding FAQsMunicipal level information about Stormwater Funding-- of Public Works, Engineering Division at (781) 942-9082, 16 Lowell Street
Reading, MA 01867
US Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentCommunity Development Block Grant (CDBG) ProgramProgram works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.Ongoing - application dates throughout the year of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 573-1100
Fax: (617) 573-1120
TTY 617-573-1140
US Department of Agriculture,

Natural Resource Conservation Service
Watershed Surveys and PlanningTo provide planning assistance to Federal, state and local agencies for the development or coordination of water and related land resources and programs in watersheds and river basins.No funding has been authorized since FY 2008. of Grants and Technical Assistance
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114,
US Department of Agriculture,

Natural Resource Conservation Service
Watershed Protection and Flood PreventionTo provide technical and financial assistance in planning and executing works of improvement to protect, develop, and use of land and water resources in small watersheds.Ongoing of Grants and Technical Assistance
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114,
US Department of the Interior,

National Park Service
Land and Water Conservation Fund GrantsTo acquire and develop outdoor recreation areas and facilities for the general public, to meet current and future needs.The grant is not offered every year Cryan
(617) 626-1171
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in MassachusettsMassachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) is a grant program within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Our mission is to support projects that support innovative approaches to protect and restore natural resources. Funded through the sale of environmental license plates and legal settlements, MET is one of the largest sources of grant funds for water resources in the Commonwealth. Since its founding, MET has awarded over $20 million in grants to organizations protecting and enhancing the Commonwealth's water resources and natural environments. The Request for Responses (RFR) for the FY2015 General Grant Program can be downloaded from this page or from
Bill Hinkley, Program Manager
Phone (617) 626-1177

Kate McDermott, Program Coordinator
Phone: (617) 626-1075
Office of Energy and Environmental AffairsDam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program he Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program offers financial resources to qualified applicants for projects that share our mission to enhance, preserve, and protect the natural resources and the scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund was established in 2013 by the Massachusetts Legislature to promote public health, public safety, and ecological restoration. These funds have been supplemented with monies authorized in the EEA Environmental Bond. To date, over $15,000,000 has been awarded to communities throughout Massachusetts, leveraging an additional $8,000,000 in local and federal matching funds
Application deadline: July 15, 2015 Torres, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, ADA coordinator, at 617-626-1161, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114.
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs- Division of Conservation Services Massachusetts Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) ProgramThe LAND Program (formerly the Self-Help Program) was established in 1961 to assist municipal conservation commissions in acquiring land for natural resource protection and passive outdoor recreation purposes. The grant provides reimbursement funding for the acquisition of land or a conservation restriction, as well as for limited associated acquisition costs. Lands acquired may include forests, fields, wetlands, wildlife habitat, unique natural, historic or cultural resources, and some farmland. Access by the general public is required.Offered annually. Application deadline: July 15, 2015 Cryan
(617) 626-1171
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs- Division of Conservation Services Conservation Assistance for Small CommunitiesReimbursement funding for preparation of real property appraisals, Open Space & Recreation Plans (OSRPs), other planning in support of land conservation, and/or development of Open Space Residential Design (OSD)/Natural Resources Protection Zoning (NRPZ) bylaws. Available to all communities with a population of 6,000 people or fewer. Funding is non-competitive; all eligible applicants will receive contracts on a rolling basis until all available funding is allocated. Participants must have an executed state contract prior to commencing work. Next application period is expected in the Spring of 2016. Riechel
Office of Energy and Environmental AffairsCoastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program The Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program was established in 1996 by the Massachusetts Legislature to help communities identify and improve water quality impaired by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. The CPR program provides funding to Massachusetts municipalities to assess and treat stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $9 million in CPR grants have been awarded.Every year Adrienne Pappal for more information about the CPR Grant Program at
(617) 626-1218 or
Office of Energy and Environmental AffairsMassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant ProgramIn October 2015, MassBays announced the availability of funds under a new Healthy Estuaries Grant Program. The Healthy Estuaries Grant Program is a revision of MassBays' previous Research and Planning Grant Program. This grant program fills the funding gap between development of a concept for improving estuarine conditions and its implementation. By directing funding to planning, assessment, and prioritization steps, MassBays can advance well thought-out and resilient restoration and resource management projects. MassBays grant funds are dedicated to supporting local planning efforts and progress on protecting, restoring, and enhancing estuarine habitats (e.g. seagrass beds, salt marshes, beaches) and informing management efforts to reduce stressors (e.g. wastewater, stormwater, habitat fragmentation) and advance the goals of MassBays’ Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.Next application period expected late summer/early fall 2017. Vella
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1217
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Division of WaterwaysRivers and Harbors Grant ProgramThe Division of Waterways may also provide state funding assistance to municipalities to address waterways-related problems that may otherwise be beyond their financial capacity to effectively pursue. These funds require matching funds shared by a non-state source; this is known as the local cost share. The local cost share is a percentage of the entire project including design, permitting, and construction costs. Cost share for projects is a maximum of 75% state & at least 25% local funding for dredging and beach nourishment resulting from dredging. All other projects, including beach nourishment not through a dredging project, the state share shall be a maximum of 50% and the local share will be at least 50%. These funds are derived from capital appropriations of the General Court, the Rivers and Harbors Act, or other funding sources assigned.Ongoing P. Mooney, (781) 740-1600 x103
EPA New EnglandHealthy Communities Grant Program The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England's main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks to protect and improve human health and the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:

-Target resources to benefit communities at risk
-Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks
-Increase collaboration through community-based projects
-Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems
-Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits
-Advance emergency preparedness and resilience
Every year Sandra Brownell, or 617-918-1797).
American Rivers and NOAACommunity-Based Restoration Program River Grants
- Stream Barrier Removal Grants
The American Rivers-NOAA River Grants program funds stream barrier removal projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, South-Atlantic and California. Applications are being evaluated based upon the following priority criteria: (1) ecological merits of the project, (2) technical feasibility of the project, (3) timeliness in completion of funded phase; (4) benefits provided to the local community, and (5) financial clarity and strength of the application. Grants are provided for three distinct project phases: Construction, Engineering Design and Feasibility Analysis. The maximum award request is $150,000. Biannually Graber
136 West St. Suite 5
Northampton, MA 01060
Office Phone: 413-584-2183
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