Massachusetts coastal communities face significant risks from coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. To help address these issues, CZM administers grant programs to provide financial and technical support.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) anticipates the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Requests for Responses (RFRs) for
Coastal Resilience Grants and
Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grants this spring. CZM administers both of these grant programs on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). The
Coastal Resilience Grant Program provides funding to coastal communities to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise through innovative and transferable local initiatives. Eligible projects include efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, plan for changing conditions, and redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both coastal communities and eligible nonprofits may seek funding for non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. CZM’s
CPR Grant Program provides funds to municipalities within the
Massachusetts Coastal Watershed for a variety of projects that address local nonpoint source stormwater pollution issues, including water quality assessment, the design and construction of structural Best Management Practices (BMPs), and commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities. In advance of the release of the RFRs, CZM will host four information sessions to discuss the goals and requirements of the two grant programs, answer questions, and provide feedback on potential project ideas: