Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program: 2015 Funding

The U.S. EPA received $5 million for federal FY2015 in support of the SNECWRP initiative. A portion of the money will be released through EPA New England's Healthy Communities Grant Program, with funding released according this 2015 application guidance. Applications must be submitted through Grants.Gov. The deadline for pre-proposals for Healthy Communities is April 30, 2015. Proposals up to $200,000 will be considered, and a 5% match is required.

The Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Estuary Programs are expected to receive $1 million each in support of the initiative that will be released later. Applicants will submit proposals to each NEP directly.

About EPA's 2015 Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New Englandís main grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks in order to protect and improve human health and the quality of life, advance resilience, and preserve/restore important ecosystems. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve these goals through identifying and funding projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at increased risk), and/or southeast New England coastal watersheds].
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
  • Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
  • Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
  • Reduce pollution at the source.
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

To qualify as eligible projects under the Healthy Communities Grant Program, proposed projects must: (1) be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the Target Investment Areas; and (2) identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas.

In 2015, target investment areas include: areas at risk from climate change impacts, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations, and/or southeast new england coastal watersheds. Target program areas include: capacity-building on environmental and public health issues; clean, green and healthy schools; community and water infrastructure resilience; healthy indoor environments; healthy outdoor environments; and/or southeast new england coastal watershed restoration. A description of these target areas can be found in the 2015 Application Guidance.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is currently accepting initial proposals for projects that will benefit one or more of the New England states. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations (e.g. grassroots and/or community-based organizations). EPA plans to award a total of approximately 10-15 cooperative agreements, each up to a maximum of $25,000 with the exception of projects identifying the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Target Program Area that may request up to a maximum of $200,000.

There is a two-step process for selecting projects to receive funding. The program requires the submission of an initial proposal (SF424 and project summary) as a first step; then applicants with the highest quality initial proposals will be invited to submit full proposals for consideration. The deadline to submit an initial proposal is April 30, 2015. Initial proposals must be submitted using www.grants.gov.

The 2015 Application Guidance can be found at www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/pdfs/HC2015RFP.pdf.

To help answer questions from prospective applicants, the Healthy Communities Grant Program will sponsor four conference calls before the initial project summary is due. The information sessions are being offered on March 31, April 8, 16, and 21, 2015. These information sessions are optional, but RSVPís are required. A registration form can be found in the Application Guidance.

For more information, please contact Sandra Brownell at 617-918-1797 or brownell.sandra@epa.gov.

Summary of 2014 Nutrient Management Grants

In the summer of 2014, the Buzzards Bay NEP received 19 proposals totaling $3,082,379 from 12 entities (3 non-profits and 9 governmental subdivisions of the Commonwealth) by the June 9, 2014 pre-proposal deadline. On June 25, 2014, 8 of the 19 applicants, with requests totaling $1,215,999, were invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals were due Monday, July 21, 2014.

On July 21, the Buzzards Bay NEP received 7 full proposals with requests totaling $843,674 [corrected value]. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, a review committee consisting of 3 federal agency employees and 4 state agency employees met to discuss, score, and rank the full proposals. On August 6, the Buzzards Bay NEP provided to the U.S. EPA a letter containing the reviewers' combined rank order of the proposals and the mean rank scores of the seven proposals we received. The Buzzards Bay NEP provided this letter to the applicants when the EPA publically announces the funding levels for projects on Cape Cod, and in the Buzzards Bay NEP and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program watersheds. The Buzzards Bay NEP received EPA funding levels, and in proposals were funded in their rank order determined by the selection committee to the extent of EPA funding. On October 15, 2014, the Buzzards Bay NEP awarded $728,559 in 6 grants in support of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program at a public event in the Town of Wareham. Go to our Grant Funding page to see a description of the 2014 awards.



2015 Grants

The Buzzards Bay NEP, in partnership with the Narragansett Bay Estuary program, and the U.S. EPA expect to again release funds in support of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The dates and funding amounts are to be announced.