Appendix G: Funding Sources

The first list comprises grant funding sources for watershed projects. Generally, each funding source is available at only one time per annual cycle. The list below is a reference source for finding grants and then preparing to meet their annual submission deadline. Some of the listings below are the actual RFRs that were publicized at the time of this writing.

Following the list of funding sources is a list of previously funded projects within the NCW watershed. They were funded when the NCW Team had the authority to recommend Roundtable Projects to EOEA, which funding mechanism is no longer directly available. The list is provided to indicate the type of project that might be successfully funded.

Funding Sources for Watershed Projects


Program Name


FY 2004 Funding

Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs)

The AWPPGs provide States and local governments, Federally recognized Indian Tribes, territories and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, interstate associations or intertribal consortia, public or private nonprofit, nongovernmental institutions and individuals (hereafter referred to as eligible applicants) an opportunity to carry out projects to develop and refine comprehensive watershed programs. The projects that eligible applicants can undertake to develop and refine their comprehensive watershed programs are diverse. In the past, award recipients have pursued a wide range of activities, such as developing management tools, advancing scientific and technical tools for protecting watershed health, improving availability of data and information about watersheds, and training watershed managers and the public about watershed management. EPA-GRANTS-051304-002 Project Officer, Phone 202-566-1206


Bring Back the Natives Grant Program 

This National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) program provides funds to restore damaged or degraded riverine habitats and their native aquatic species through watershed restoration and improved land management. Successful projects will support the applied ecosystem strategy and address any or all of the following: (1) revised land management practices to eliminate causes of habitat degradation; (2) multiple species benefits, (3) direct benefits to native fish and aquatic community resources in watersheds with land managed by BLM, BOR, or FS; (4) multiple resource management objectives, (5) multiple project partners and innovative partnerships; (6) where appropriate, demonstration of a landscape ecosystem approach; and (7) innovative projects that develop new technology that can be shared with others. 

$ 1, 050,000

Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots 

EPA's brownfield program helps communities clean up and redevelop properties. EPA defines a brownfield site as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be contaminated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." The program helps mitigate potential health risks and assists in restoring economic vitality to areas where brownfields exist. The objectives of the Brownfields Job Training Grants are to prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field and facilitate the clean up of brownfields sites. The grant recipients must prepare trainees in activities that can be usefully applied to a clean up. 

$ 2 Million

Bureau of Resource Protection (BRP)

BRP Grant and Loan Programs: Opportunities for Watershed Protection, Planning and Implementation: Program Guide describing the BRP Grant Programs revised for FY2003. DEP's grant and loan programs consist of federal funds from the U.S. EPA as authorized by the Clean Water Act, Section 604 b, 104b3 and 319; and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund DWSRF Set asides. Other programs are derived through state appropriation. Updated November 2002.


Information Source

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. To select funding programs for particular requirements, use either of two searches below. One is based on subject matter criteria, and the other is based on words in the title of the funding program.
Criteria searches include the type of organization (e.g., non-profit groups, private landowner, state, business), type of assistance sought (grants or loans), and keywords (e.g., agriculture, wildlife habitat). Searches result in a listing of programs by name. Click on each program name to review detailed information on the funding source. and

Information Source

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

This MA-DEP program assists cities, towns, and wastewater districts in the financing of water pollution abatement projects, including nonpoint source projects. The financial assistance takes the form of subsidized loans at a 2% interest rate to borrowers.  Details at


$200 - $300 million per year

Coastal Program 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Coastal Program works to conserve healthy coastal habitats on public or private land for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people in 16 specific coastal areas. The program forms cooperative partnerships designed to (1) protect costal habitats through conservation easements and acquisitions; (2) restore coastal wetlands, uplands, and riparian areas; and (3) remove barriers to fish passage in coastal watersheds and estuaries. Program biologists provide restoration expertise and financial assistance to federal and state agencies, local and tribal governments, businesses, private landowners, and conservation organizations such as local land trusts and watershed councils. 

$10 million

Community Septic Management Program (CSMP)

Analysis of Homeowner Septic Repair Special Revenue Account:  This form can be used by Commonwealth communities participating in the Community Septic Management Program (CSMP) Title 5 betterment loans, for their quarterly reporting requirements. Form DA91


Part of CWSRF

Coastal Services Center Cooperative Agreements 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) guides the conservation and management of coastal resources through a variety of mechanisms, including collaboration with the coastal resource management programs of the nation's states and territories. The mission of the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) is to support the environmental, social, and economic well being of the coast by linking people, information, and technology. The vision of the NOAA Coastal Services Center is to be the most useful government organization to those who manage and care for our nation's coasts. In FY04, CSC will support activities in the following areas: Landscape Characterization and Restoration, GIS Integration and Development, Coastal Remote Sensing, Information Resources, Pacific Services Center, and Integrated Ocean Observing Systems. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, hospitals, other non-profits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.  

$ 3 million

Coastal Zone Management Administration/ Implementation Awards 

This program assists states in implementing and enhancing Coastal Zone Management (CZM) programs that have been approved by the Secretary of Commerce. Funds are available for projects in areas such as coastal wetlands management and protection, natural hazards management, public access improvements, reduction of marine debris, assessment of impacts of coastal growth and development, special area management planning, regional management issues, and demonstration projects with potential to improve coastal zone management. 


Community Development Block Grant Program 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsors this program, intended to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities primarily for persons of low and moderate income. Recipients may initiate activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and provision of improved community facilities and services. Specific activities may include public services, acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of structures, and provision of public facilities and improvements, such as new or improved water and sewer facilities. 


Community-based Restoration Program 

The NOAA Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) provides funds for small-scale, locally driven habitat restoration projects that foster natural resource stewardship within communities. The program seeks to bring together diverse partners to implement habitat restoration projects to benefit living marine resources. Projects might include restoring salt marshes, mangroves, and other coastal habitats; improving fish passage and habitat quality for anadromous species; restoring and creating oyster reefs, removing exotic vegetation and replanting with native species; removing dams; and similar projects to restore habitat or improve habitat quality for populations of marine and anadromous fish. Partnerships are sought at the national and local level to contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support, or other in-kind services. 


Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is soliciting applications for financial assistance for fiscal year 2004 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. CIG competitions will emphasize projects that have a goal of providing benefits over a large geographic area. These projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-State, or nationwide in scope.
Applications should describe the use of innovative technologies or approaches, or both, to address a natural resource conservation concern or concerns. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG are identified in the Request for Proposals.
CIG is not a research program.  Instead, it is a vehicle to stimulate the adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success, and are likely candidates for eventual technology transfer. CIG will fund projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.  
Natural Resources Specialist, Phone 301.504.2222, Email


Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund provides financial assistance to states and territories that have entered into cooperative agreements with the USFWS to assist in the development of programs for the conservation of endangered and threatened species. The assistance provided to the state or territorial wildlife agency can include animal, plant, and habitat surveys; research; planning; monitoring; habitat protection, restoration, management, and acquisition; and public education. The Fund is dispersed to the states and territories through four programs: Conservation Grants, Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants, Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants, and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants. Although not directly eligible for these grants, third parties such as nonprofit organizations and local governments may work with their state or territorial wildlife agency to apply for these funds. 


Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant Program

CZM will issue a Request for Response (RFR) for the Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution (CNPS) grant program in September of 2004. Grants issued under the CNPS Grant Program, as well as the Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program (CPR), serve to implement portions of the Massachusetts Coastal Nonpoint Source Control Plan. The Plan includes measures to address nonpoint source pollution problems from each of the following sources: urban areas, marinas and recreational boating, agriculture, forestry, hydromodification (alteration of hydrologic characteristics of coastal and noncoastal waters), wetlands, and riparian areas. The primary goal of both of these grant programs is to improve coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating nonpoint sources of pollution through measures and strategies consistent with the Coastal Nonpoint Source Control Program.

Part of CWSRF

Community Development Planning Program (EOEA and

Executive Order 418 Community Development Planning Program -- Up to $30,000 per grant, to fund growth planning services used to create a Community Development Plan that addresses housing, transportation, economic development and natural resources. Municipalities Jointly funded and administered by EOEA, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD)

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Cooperative Forestry Assistance Programs 

Through its Forest Legacy Program (FLP), the USDA Forest Service supports state efforts to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands. Designed to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands, FLP is an entirely voluntary program. The program helps fund the acquisition of forest land or partial interests in privately owned forest lands. It encourages and supports the acquisition of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another, without removing the property from private ownership or the local tax rolls. FLP conservation easements restrict development, require sustainable forestry practices, protect a range of public vales, and sometimes require public access for recreation. 


Diesel Retrofit Program (MDRP)

The Massachusetts Diesel Retrofit Program (MDRP) responds to the need to control air pollution emissions from diesel engine equipment on construction sites. Currently, most construction equipment, including backhoes, front-end loaders, cranes, and air compressors are not required to be fitted with after-engine emission controls. However, diesel engines emit high levels of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter (PM), and a complex mixture of toxic gases. Many of the gases are known or suspected cancer-causing agents. The goal of the MDRP is to help reduce adverse health impacts, such as asthma, shortness of breath and decreased lung capacity, along with citizen complaints relating to emissions from diesel engines.

Part of CWSRF

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund 

EPA awards grants to states to capitalize their Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. States use a portion of their capitalization grants to set up a revolving fund from which loans are provided to eligible public water utilities (publicly- and privately-owned) to finance the costs of infrastructure projects. States rank projects and offer loans to utilities based on a priority ranking system. Priority is given to eligible projects that: (1) address the most serious risk to human health; (2) are necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act; and, (3) assist systems most in need, on a per household basis, according to state-determined affordability criteria. States may also use up to 31 percent of their capitalization grants to fund set-aside activities that help to prevent contamination problems of surface and ground water drinking water supplies, as well as enhance water system management through source water protection, capacity development, and operator certification programs. 


Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (EEP)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) is designed to strengthen the capacity of Minority Serving Institutions to foster student careers, entrepreneurship opportunities and advanced academic degrees in sciences directly related to NOAA's mission.  The Environmental Entrepreneurship Program is designed to support education and training programs that engage students in applying the necessary skills, tools, methods and technologies in sciences directly related to NOAA's mission.  This includes fostering educational opportunities in coastal, oceanic, atmospheric, environmental sciences, and remote sensing technology coupled with training in economics, marketing, product development, and services to create jobs, businesses and economic development opportunities. The Environmental Entrepreneurship Program promotes partnerships with MSIs, NOAA and the public-private sector. Policy Advisor, Phone 301-713-0942 x122, Fax 301-713-0947, Email


Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grant Program 

In 2003, the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) initiated the first Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to affected local community-based organizations who wish to engage in constructive and collaborative problem-solving by utilizing tools developed by EPA and others to find viable solutions for their community's environmental and/or public health concerns. 

$ 3 million; (grants awards of $100,000 each)

Environmental Justice Hazardous Substance Small Grants Program 

The purpose of this grant program is to provide financial assistance to affected local community-based organizations to support projects to examine issues related to a community's exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Projects must be of a research nature only, i.e., survey, research, collecting and analyzing data which will be used to expand scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. The EPA has interpreted 'research' to include studies that extend to socioeconomic, institutional, and public policy issues as well as the 'natural' sciences. Research projects need not be limited to academic studies. EPA intends for the results of these research projects to be disseminated to members of the affected community. Funds can be used to develop a new activity or substantially improve the quality of existing programs that have a direct impact on affected communities. 


Environmental Quality Incentives Program 

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was established to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers to address significant natural resource needs and objectives. Nationally, it provides technical, financial, and educational assistance; sixty percent of it is targeted to livestock-related natural resource concerns and the rest to more general conservation priorities. EQIP is available primarily in nationwide where there are significant natural resource concerns and objectives. 


EPA Funding and Grants website

Website lists numerous environmental funding and grant sources in the following categories: General References, Wastewater and Drinking Water, Water Quality

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Five-Star Restoration Program 

The EPA supports the Five-Star Restoration Program by providing funds to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its partners, the National Association of Counties, NOAA's Community-based Restoration Program and the Wildlife Habitat Council. These groups then make subgrants to support community-based wetland and riparian restoration projects. Competitive projects will have a strong on-the-ground habitat restoration component that provides long-term ecological, educational, and/or socioeconomic benefits to the people and their community. Preference will be given to projects that are part of a larger watershed or community stewardship effort and include a description of long-term management activities. Projects must involve contributions from multiple and diverse partners, including citizen volunteer organizations, corporations, private landowners, local conservation organizations, youth groups, charitable foundations, and other federal, state, and tribal agencies and local governments. Each project would ideally involve at least five partners who are expected to contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support, or other in-kind services that are equivalent to the federal contribution. 


Flood Mitigation Assistance Program 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program helps states and communities identify and implement measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to homes and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Projects may include (1) elevation, relocation, or demolition of insured structures; (2) acquisition of insured structures and property; (3) minor, localized structural projects that are not fundable by state or other federal programs (erosion-control and drainage improvements); and (4) beach nourishment activities such as planting of dune grass.  

Not yet available

Freshwater Mussel Fund 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are administering a fund to enhance and protect freshwater mussel resources. Funds are available for the enhancement and protection of the mussel resource and for the restoration and cultivation of mussel shell populations allegedly affected by illegal acts. 

Not yet available

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) aims to provide States and communities with resources to invest in long-term actions that help to reduce the toll from potential natural and manmade hazards. The program also supports the implementation of mitigation measures during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMGP funds projects to protect either public or private property, as long as the project fits within the State's and local government's overall mitigation strategy and complies with program guidelines. In response to flood hazards, eligible projects include the elevation, relocation or acquisition and demolition of flood-prone structures, stormwater management projects, and certain types of minor flood control projects. The State is responsible for setting priorities for funding and administering the HMGP. Eligible applicants must apply for the program through the State. Individuals, businesses, or other organizations should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer and local government official for specific details.  

Not yet available

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program

Conservation Effects Assessment Project: The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service are seeking applications proposing to evaluate the effects of watershed conservation practices, with a focus on understanding how the suite of conservation practices, the timing of these activities, and the spatial distribution of these practices throughout a watershed influence their effectiveness for achieving locally defined water quality goals. Email


Landowner Incentive Program (Non-Tribal) 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) grant program provides competitive matching grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to establish or supplement landowner incentive programs. These programs provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners for projects that protect and restore habitats of listed species or species determined to be at-risk. LIP projects will likely involve activities such as the restoration of marginal farmlands to wetlands, the removal of exotic plants to restore natural prairies, a change in grazing practices and fencing to enhance important riparian habitats, instream structural improvements to benefit aquatic species, road closures to protect habitats and reduce harassment of wildlife, and acquisition of conservation easements. Although not directly eligible for these grants, third parties such as nonprofit organizations may benefit from these funds by working directly with their states to see if either grants or partnering opportunities are available. 

$25.8 million

Massachusetts Environmental Trust

The Massachusetts Environmental Trust is the state's largest philanthropy funding water quality initiatives. Our goals are to improve and safeguard the quality of the waterways throughout the Commonwealth. We fund nonprofit organizations, municipalities, scientists and educational institutions through two programs: Unrestricted General Grants and Restricted Settlement Grants

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Migratory Bird Conservancy 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Migratory Bird Conservancy (MBC) program is a bird conservation grant fund supported by donations from birding businesses and their customers, and matched by NFWF. The MBC will fund projects that directly address conservation of priority bird habitats in the Western Hemisphere. Acquisition, restoration, and improved management of habitats are program priorities. Education, research, and monitoring will be considered only as components of actual habitat conservation projects. 

Not available

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation General Matching Grants 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation operates a conservation grants program that awards challenge grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible grant recipients. Grants are awarded to projects that: (1) address priority actions promoting fish and wildlife conservation and the habitats on which they depend; (2) work proactively to involve other conservation and community interests; (3) leverage available funding; and (4) evaluate project outcomes. 


National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provides grants for projects that help organizations to be effective co-stewards of our Nation's important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. This program provides competitive seed grants to help increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the refuge system nationwide. The program will fund: (1) Start-up Grants to assist starting refuge support groups with formative and/or initial operational support (membership drives, training, postage, etc.); (2) Capacity Building Grants to strengthen existing refuge support groups' capacity to be more effective (outreach efforts, strategic planning, membership development); and (3) Project Specific Grants to support a specific project (conservation education programs for local schools, outreach programs for private landowners, habitat restoration projects, etc.)  


Native Plant Conservation Initiative 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NPCI) supports on-the-ground conservation projects that protect, enhance, and/or restore native plant communities on public and private land. Projects typically fall into one of three categories and may contain elements of each: protection and restoration, information and education, and inventory and assessment. Applicants are encouraged, when appropriate, to include a pollinator component in their project. The Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service fund this program. 

Not yet available

Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants (319 Program) 

Through its 319 program, EPA provides formula grants to the states and tribes to implement nonpoint source projects and programs in accordance with section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Nonpoint source pollution reduction projects can be used to protect source water areas and the general quality of water resources in a watershed. Examples of previously funded projects include installation of best management practices (BMPs) for animal waste; design and implementation of BMP systems for stream, lake, and estuary watersheds; basinwide landowner education programs; and lake projects previously funded under the CWA section 314 Clean Lakes Program. 


Nonpoint Source Management Plan (MA-DEP - Volume I - Strategic Summary


Since, by definition, nonpoint source pollution is “pollution of surface water or groundwater supplies originating from land-use activities and or the atmosphere”, a key element of preserving and cleaning up our impaired waters across the Commonwealth will be contingent upon our local communities ability to effectively manage future growth and development.

Section VII of the Manual provides two funding tables of available funding resources to assist local officials and community stakeholders.   The first table highlights specific programs available for addressing nonpoint sources of pollution, along with a corresponding  “Reference #” which provides specific program and contact information.  The second table provides a listing of community funding resources available for managing local growth and development, while preserving and protecting our natural resources.   In addition, a broad range of technical assistance resources is provided to assist communities in resource protection and community planning and development.

Information Source

Northeast Utilities Environmental Community Grant Program

Grants between $250 and $1,000 are awarded twice a year – in May and November – in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eligibility:
Projects to protect or preserve the environment, including improving a local wildlife habitat or starting and maintaining a recycling program.
Providing education on environmental issues of local interest to adults or children.
Improving the environment through organized cleanup projects (such as cleaning up a park, part of a stream or a vacant lot) or by reclaiming and rehabilitating damaged environments.
For more information or to apply for a grant, contact the NU Environmental Management Department at (860) 665-3901


Not-for-Profit Acid Mine Drainage 

The U.S. Department of Interior's Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Reclamation Program is designed to support the efforts of local not-for-profit organizations, especially watershed groups, to complete construction projects designed to clean streams impacted by AMD. 


Outdoor Classroom Program

To further environmental education across the Commonwealth's schools, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Outdoor Classroom Program is designed for municipalities, public schools, or public institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to assist these groups in restoring, improving, and/or researching natural areas on appropriately open and accessible private lands or public lands at a public school or municipal grounds.

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program 

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats on their lands. Since 1987, the program has partnered with more than 33,000 landowners to restore 677,000 acres of wetlands; 1.2 million acres of grasslands and other upland habitats; and 5,600 miles of in-stream and streamside habitat. In addition, the program has reopened stream habitat for fish and other aquatic species by removing barriers to passage. The FY 2003 budget was $28 million and the FY 2004 budget for the Program is about $32 million. 

$ 32 million

Private Stewardship Grants Program 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP) provides grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in private conservation efforts that benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands within the United States. Examples of the types of projects that may be funded include managing nonnative competitors, reintroducing imperiled species, implementing measures to minimize risk from disease in imperiled species populations, restoring streams that support imperiled species, fencing to exclude animals from sensitive habitats, and planting native vegetation to restore a rare plant community. 

$ 7.5 million

Protecting Older Adults (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications for projects that help protect older adults from environmental hazards such as air and water pollution. Projects must address one or more of the following goals: 1) train older adults, retirees and semi-retirees to be environmental leaders in their communities; 2) demonstrate new or experimental technologies, methods or approaches that reduce exposure to environmental health hazards; 3) build state, local and tribal capacity to protect the health of older adults from environmental hazards; 4) develop and implement intergenerational strategies that reduce exposure to environmental health hazards, and 5) demonstrate how smart growth activities can improve the quality of life for older adults while improving environmental quality.

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Public Works and Development Facilities Program 

This program provides assistance to help distressed communities attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate long-term, private sector jobs. Among the types of projects funded are water and sewer facilities, primarily serving industry and commerce; access roads to industrial parks or sites; port improvements; business incubator facilities; technology infrastructure; sustainable development activities; export programs; brownfields redevelopment; aquaculture facilities; and other infrastructure projects. Specific activities may include demolition, renovation, and construction of public facilities; provision of water or sewer infrastructure; or the development of stormwater control mechanisms (e.g., a retention pond) as part of an industrial park or other eligible project. 

est. $232,100,000

Pulling Together Initiative 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Pulling Together Initiative (PTI) provides a means for federal agencies to partner with state and local agencies, private landowners, and other interested parties to develop long-term weed management projects within the scope of an integrated pest management strategy. The goals of PTI are: (1) to prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships; and (2) to increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants. PTI provides support on a competitive basis for the formation of local weed management area (WMA) partnerships, allowing them to demonstrate successful collaborative efforts and develop permanent funding sources for the maintenance of WMAs from the involved parties. Successful projects will serve to increase public awareness and interest in future partnership projects. 

Not yet available

Right Whale Research Grant Program (RWRGP)

The North Atlantic right whale is among the world’s most endangered cetaceans.  The population is believed to number only about 300 individuals and appears to be declining.  The lack of recovery is due in part to high mortality from human sources, notably fishing gear entanglements and vessel collisions.  A Recovery Plan is in effect, and conservation of this species is a high priority for NOAA Fisheries.  Research directed at facilitating such conservation or to provide monitoring of the population’s status and health, is also a high priority for the agency.  The RWRGP is conducted by NOAA to provide Federal assistance to eligible researchers for: (1) detection and tracking of right whales; (2) behavior of right whales in relation to ships; (3) relationships between vessel speed, size or design with whale collisions; (4) modeling of ship traffic along the Atlantic coast; (5) population monitoring and assessment studies; (6) reproduction, health and genetic studies; (7) development of a Geographic Information System database or other system designed to investigate predictive modeling of right whale distribution in relation to environmental variables; (8) habitat quality studies including food quality and pollutant levels; and (9) any other work relevant to the recovery of North Atlantic right whales. Policy Advisor, Phone 301-713-0942 x122, Email


River Network

Directory of Funding Sources: Lists over 300 private, corporate and federal funding sources for river and watershed groups.

Information Source

Riverways Small Grant Program

Initiated in 1987, the Small Grants Program provides modest amounts of money to promote the restoration and protection of the ecological integrity of Commonwealth's rivers, streams and adjacent lands.

The grants have proven to be a wise investment for the Commonwealth as they foster action and result in benefits to the community that continue well after the grant period ends, as well as leverage local and foundation funding. This success is due to the energy, commitment and dedication of the partnerships formed by volunteers, watershed associations, local businesses, town officials and others that undertake the projects funded by the grants.

In addition to providing seed money, Riverways also offer technical assistance, as appropriate, to both groups receiving grant awards and those that do not.

Approx. $50,000 per year, on a dozen projects

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Source Water and Wellhead Protection Grants  

SRF Set-Asides of the Safe Drinking Water Act:

The purpose of the Source Water Protection Grant Program is to provide technical assistance to public drinking water suppliers through local and regional source protection efforts.  Priority is given to projects that benefit public surface water supplies and systems that have both surface and groundwater sources; projects which address immediate threats in Zone A or Zone I; and projects which benefit public water supplies with an up-to-date, Department-approved, local Surface Water Supply Protection Plan.

The Wellhead Protection Grant Program provides funding to public water systems for developing and implementing wellhead protection projects and plans.  The direct recipients are public water suppliers; however, municipal boards, community groups, schools, and local and regional planning entities can develop and implement projects.  All community public water systems (PWS) and non-transient non-community (NTNC) public water systems that serve schools are eligible to apply.  The proposed work must benefit active drinking water sources. 

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Science to Achieve Results 

The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program is designed to improve the quality of science used in EPA's decision-making process. STAR funds are provided for research in the following six areas: (1) Safe Drinking Water (includes source water protection), (2) High Priority Air Pollutants, (3) Research to Improve Human Health Risk Assessment, (4) Research to Improve Ecological Risk Assessment, (5) Emerging Issues, and (6) Pollution Prevention and New Technologies. The STAR program is intended to facilitate cooperation between EPA and the scientific community to help forge solutions to environmental problems. Research topic solicitations vary and are advertised in the Federal Register and through the Internet, university and scientific organizations, direct mail, and other avenues. 

Not available

State Wildlife Grant Program (Non-Tribal) 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program provides grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia for wildlife conservation. The SWG program provides funds to help develop and implement programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. Although not directly eligible for these grants, third parties such as nonprofit organizations may benefit from these funds by working directly with their states to see if either grants or partnering opportunities are available. 

$61.1 million

Superfund Technical Assistance Grants for Citizen Groups at Priority Sites 

The EPA awards funds to qualified groups of individuals to procure independent technical advisors to help in interpreting and commenting on Superfund site-related information and decisions. Examples of how a technical advisor can help a group include, but are not limited to: reviewing preliminary site assessment/site investigation data; participating in public meetings to help interpret information about site conditions, proposed remedies, and the implementation of a remedy; visiting the site vicinity periodically during cleanup, if possible, to observe progress and provide technical updates to the group; and evaluating future land use options based on land use assumptions in the "remedial investigation/feasibility study". Funds can be used at sites that are listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) or proposed for the NPL where a "response" action has begun. 

est. $1,200,000

Targeted Watershed Grants Program 

EPA will ask Governors and tribal leaders for nominations and select up to 20 watershed organizations to receive grants to support innovative watershed based approaches to preventing, reducing, and eliminating water pollution. Nominations that are likely to result in environmental improvements in a relatively short time frame and that show broad stakeholder involvement would be strong candidates. Preference will be given to watershed plans that involve multiple states and/or tribes. The Initiative will also support local communities in their efforts to expand and improve existing protection measures with tools, training, and technical assistance.  

$ 15 million

Technical Assistance for Coastal Managers Program

The Technical Assistance for Coastal Managers program represents an NOAA/CSC effort to improve the use of monitoring data and geospatial information and technology in coastal management through collaborative work with members of the coastal management community that have expertise in community planning and resource management. These activities will engage coastal managers from multiple organizations and levels of government and improve the management of coastal resources by applying geospatial knowledge, practices, and principles to new approaches for managing coastal resources.  The Technical Assistance for Coastal Managers program contributes to other efforts at the NOAA/CSC and is designed to complement those efforts. Policy Advisor, Phone 301-713-0942 x122, Fax 301-713-0947, Email


Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century Funding Programs 

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) funds numerous transportation programs (Surface Transportation Program (STP), National Highway System, etc.) to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure, enhance economic growth, and protect the environment. States may spend up to 20 percent of their STP dollars for environmental restoration and pollution abatement projects, including the construction of stormwater treatment systems. Additionally, each state sets aside 10 percent of STP funds for transportation enhancement projects, which can include acquisition of conservation and scenic easements, wetland mitigation, and pollution abatement, as well as scenic beautification, pedestrian and bicycle trails, archaeological planning, and historic preservation. These varied project types can be used to protect source water areas during construction of transportation corridors. 

Not yet available

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grants 

The U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests by encouraging communities to manage and protect their natural resources. The program works to achieve a number of goals, including (1) effectively communicating information about the social, economic, and ecological values of urban and community forests; (2) involving diverse resource professionals in urban and community forestry issues; and (3) supporting a holistic view of urban and community forestry. In particular, the program supports an ecosystem approach to managing urban forests for their benefits to air quality, stormwater runoff, wildlife and fish habitat, and other related ecosystem concerns. The Forest Service awards these grants based on recommendations made by The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, a 15-member advisory council created by the 1990 Farm Bill to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban and community forestry. 

Not yet available

USDA National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program

The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agroforestry, aquaculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Providing this support requires that NRI advance fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinate opportunities to build on these discoveries. Building on these discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. Hence, in FY 2004 the NRI will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects. Phone 202-720-4112, Fax 202-720-0857, Email

No funding in 2004

Water Quality Cooperative Agreements 

These EPA grants are provided to help states, Indian tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations develop, implement, and demonstrate innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. This includes watershed approaches for combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflows, and storm water discharge problems, pretreatment and sludge (biosolids) program activities, decentralized systems, and alternative ways to measure the effectiveness of point source programs. The estimate of funds available for fiscal year 2003 includes $20 million that has been requested for a new Watershed Initiative (WSI) program. Details for that program are currently being developed. If funds are appropriated for this program separate guidelines will be developed for the submittal, review, and approval of WSI projects. 


Water and Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities 

This USDA Rural Utilities Service program provides monies to provide basic human amenities, alleviate health hazards, and promote the orderly growth of the rural areas of the nation by meeting the need for new and improved rural water and waste disposal facilities. Funds may be used for the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural water facility including costs of distribution lines and well pumping facilities. Funds also support the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural waste disposal facility, including the collection and treatment of sanitary waste stream, stormwater, and solid wastes. 

Direct loans: est. $900,000,000; Guaranteed Loans est. $75,000,000; Grants: est. $600,000,000

Watershed Processes and Water Resources Program 

The Watershed Processes program sponsors basic and mission-linked research that address two areas: (1) Understanding fundamental processes controlling a) source areas and flow pathways of water, b) the transport and fate of water, sediment, nutrients, dissolved matter, and organisms (including water-borne pathogens), within forest, rangeland, and agricultural environments as influenced by watershed characteristics and contaminant origin, and c) water quality. (2) Developing appropriate technology and management practices for improving the effective use of water (consumptive and non-consumptive) and protecting or improving water quality for agricultural and forestry production, including the evaluation of management policies that affect the quantity and quality of water resources. 

Not yet available

Watershed Projects Grants Program (MA-DEP)

The Division of Municipal Services (DEP/DMS) is the section of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) responsible for awarding and administering several different state and federal programs that provide grant funding on a reimbursement basis for projects under the Bureau of Resource Protection’s (BRP) Watershed Projects Program. These include:

• 604b Water Quality Management Planning

• 104(b)(3) Wetlands and Water Quality

• 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program

• Source Water Technical Assistance/Land Management Grant Program (SWT)

• Wellhead Protection Grant Program

• Research and Demonstration Program

Information Source

Wetland Conservation Projects – US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting proposals for North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) standard grant proposals. NAWCA proposals are four-year plans of action supported by a NAWCA grant and partner funds to conserve wetlands and wetlands-dependent fish and wildlife through acquisition (including easements and land title donations), restoration and/or enhancement, with a grant request between $51,000 and $1,000,000. Matching funds a required; they must be non-Federal and at least equal the grant request. Match is eligible up to 2 years prior to the year the proposal is submitted and grant and match funds are eligible after the proposal is submitted and through the project period.  The deadline is July 30, 2004. For more information on developing proposals, contact David Buie at See and

$50,000 to $1,000,000 per grant

Wetlands Reserve Program 

Through this voluntary program, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides landowners with financial incentives to restore and protect wetlands in exchange for retiring marginal agricultural land. To participate in the program landowners may sell a conservation easement or enter into a cost-share restoration agreement (landowners voluntarily limit future use of the land, but retain private ownership). Landowners and the NRCS jointly develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland. 

Not yet available

Wetlands Restoration Program (WRP)

GROWetlands Grant: Financial support for cities and towns to conduct wetlands restoration project design or implementation Must be for pro-active voluntary projects and not for mitigation purposes. The Massachusetts Wetlands Restoration Program has moved to the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) within EOEA. The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership is now an independent organization.  See

Information Source

104b3 Grant Program - Wetland and Water Quality

Brief descriptions of the sixty (60) Wetland and Water Quality projects financed under Section 104b3 Clean Water Act during federal fiscal years 1996 through 2001. September 2002.

Water Quality and Wetland project priorities are established each year by the Department to support the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative and programmatic needs in the Department’s Five-Year Basin Assessment and Planning cycle. These projects reflect state agency efforts in developing new approaches to protect the Commonwealth’s wetland and water resources through data collection, data analysis, development of new Standard Operating Procedures, Total Maximum Daily Loading development and demonstration of Best Management Practices that address 303d listed waters. 

$3.4 million 1996-2001

604(b) Program - Water Quality Management Planning Grants

Eligibility: Regional Public Comprehensive Planning Organizations or Interstate Organizations. EPA defines eligible entities as regional planning agencies, council of governments, counties, conservation districts, cities and towns, and other substate public planning agencies and interstate agencies.

Eligible projects:

- Assessment of Local Water Quality Protection Measures

- Assessment of Land use Activities By Watershed

- Assessment of Local and Regional Env. Awareness, Activities, and Concerns

- Water Quality Assessment

- Water Supply Source Protection Planning

- Water Supply Development Planning

- Watershed Wetlands Restoration Planning; Site-Specific Wetlands -Restoration Project Planning or Design

-- Define the environmental (water quality) problem

-- Key the project to the Watershed Action Plan

-- Proposal should cover who, what, where, when, why, & outcomes
For MA-DEP indicative project list, see

$180,000 in MA







Previously Funded Roundtable Projects (FY99-02)


Fiscal year

Project Name


Funding Agency


% complete



Determination of minimal base flow Saugus River

Gomez & Sullivan




Completed habitat assessment, draft final report submitted


Water Quality assessment in 4 NCW subwatersheds







Water Quality Assessment: Gloucester Harbor, North River, Saugus River, Smallpox Brook


Salem Sound 2000 Capacity Building Grant






Clean Beaches and Streams, Board of Directors, Citizen Wetland Health Program, North Coastal Watersheds Alliance


Stormwater Management Workshops for Local Officials





3 regional workshops were held, each workshop included examples of BMPs and projects implemented in both rural and urban settings, workbook and guidance documents were provided.


Growth Management





Conservation Subdivision Guidebook bylaw review


Setting action plan priorities in subwatersheds

North Shore Alliance




Conducted 5 community forums 1 general, 4 specific, brochure for each subwatershed


Targeting and Eliminating Untreated Sewage Discharges in Four Subwatersheds in the NCW


Consulting Group




Completed Task 1 Identified stormwater drains. Conducted 2 rounds of sampling. Submitted draft final report.


Implementation of Land


Tech. Asst.

Salt marsh







Submitted Draft Final Salt Marsh Restoration Plan for Rumney Marsh ACEC, initiated restoration plan for Great Salt Marsh, identified and evaluated salt marsh restoration project at Eastern Point Gloucester.


Fiscal year

Project Name


Funding Agency


% complete




Inventory and Evaluation of

Brownfield sites in the NCW






Report completed, conducted several outreach meetings, awaiting the scheduling of training session for local communities.


Implementation of land protection technical assistance program in NS communities

Susan Jones Moses

MCZM/MB NS project manager



 Contractor hired has contacted all communities in the NCW.



Assistance for



Phase II Comp.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin




Completed all workshops and presentations, Draft Final Report submitted


GIS Mapping in Selected Storm water Drainage Systems PHASE






RFR recently posted on COMM PAS


Implementing Clean Beach Practices on the North Shore






RFR recently posted on COMM PAS


Circuit Rider

Provide local communities assistance in implementing CPA








Documenting Anadromous Fish Runs/NS





First year of program nearly completed