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MVP Planning and Action Grant Pre-RFR Webinars - DON'T DELAY ON PROJECT FUNDING!

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
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MVP Planning and Action Grant Pre-RFR Webinars

 

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program team anticipates the release of the FY21 Request for Responses (RFRs) for both MVP Planning and Action Grants in late April. The team has planned three webinar sessions about the RFR process, to be held on April 2, 8, and 9.  Webinar registration details are below, as is the contact information for the MVP Regional Coordinators if you have additional questions. Also included is information about additional funding opportunities. 

 

Important information regarding (1) the FY21 funding round of the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and (2) additional upcoming relevant grant opportunities.

 

  1. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program team is anticipating the release of the FY21 Request for Responses (RFRs) for both MVP Planning and Action Grants in late April.

Below are three webinar sessions that we have planned in early April. In order to register, you will need to follow the link to the session you would like to attend. Please only register for one session, as each will contain the same content. Our previously planned in-person sessions have been cancelled.

  • MVP Pre-RFR Webinar #1, Thursday, April 2, 1PM-3PM Register here (webinar link/call in details TBA; details will be posted to the event registration page and emailed out prior to the event)
  • MVP Pre-RFR Webinar #2, Wednesday, April 8, 11AM-1PM Register here (webinar link/call in details TBA; details will be posted to the event registration page and emailed out prior to the event)
  • MVP Pre-RFR Webinar #3, Thursday, April 9, 2:30PM – 4:30PM Register here (webinar link/call in details included on registration page)

At these virtual sessions, the MVP team will:

·       Review the RFR and application process for MVP Planning and Action Grants

·       Highlight changes you can expect to see in the upcoming RFR for MVP Planning and Action Grants

·       Explore best practices for integrating MVP principles into Action Grant projects

 

In addition to these sessions, our MVP Regional Coordinators are available to field questions on potential project ideas and the MVP grant applications. To check your MVP region, please see the map on the bottom of this page . Please note that MVP staff cannot answer questions related to specific proposals after the RFR is released.

 

Michelle Rowden, Northeast Regional Coordinator

Phone number: 857-343-0097

Email: michelle.rowden@mass.gov

 

Carolyn Meklenburg, Greater Boston Regional Coordinator

Phone number: 617-894-7128

Email: carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov

 

Hillary King, Central Regional Coordinator

Phone number: 617-655-3913

Email: hillary.king@mass.gov

 

Andrew Smith, Greater Connecticut River Valley Regional Coordinator

Phone number: 617-655-3874

Email: andrew.b.smith@mass.gov

 

Carrieanne Petrik, Berkshires & Hilltowns Regional Coordinator

Email: carrieanne.petrik@mass.gov

Please email Carrieanne and she can follow up with a phone call if needed.

 

If you are in our Southeast region, please reach out to any regional coordinator for assistance, as our Southeast regional coordinator is out on temporary leave and is expected to return later this spring.

 

  1. There are some other grant opportunities that may be of interest to MVP communities:
    1. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Clean Energy and Resiliency (CLEAR) Grant Program

CLEAR is seeking groups interested in participating in an energy resiliency needs analysis and system design study for their community. A requirement of the program is that community applicants must apply under one of two categories: (1) municipalities, who must have participated in the MVP program; or (2) non-municipal communities, who must designate a lead organization, such as a business or non-profit, and whose facilities proposed for study must be located within a municipality that participated in the EEA MVP program. MassCEC seeks to support community resiliency efforts that reduce GHG emissions, enable the integration of renewable energy sources, and provide energy resilience for critical facilities during electrical grid outages. The feasibility studies awarded under CLEAR will ideally support energy resiliency projects which empower community leaders, foster public-private partnerships, protect vulnerable populations, complement planned or existing district thermal systems, and integrate Massachusetts- based technology. Additional information regarding the Community CLEAR EOI can be found here and the EOI can be found here. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

    1. Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program

Section 319 of the Clean Water Act of 1987 established a national program to control nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution. Each year the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issues a Request for Responses (RFR) for competitive projects to be funded through Section 319 grants. This year’s RFR is anticipated to be issued on or about April 2, 2020. Proposals will be due on or about June 4, 2020. The RFR will be announced via COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s procurement site. The RFR will be posted at the MassDEP website here, where you can also find more information about grant eligibility, project types, contact information etc.

    1. Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grants - The CPR Grant Program provides funds to municipalities within the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to identify and improve water quality impaired by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Funding can be used for water quality assessment, design and construction of structural Best Management Practices (BMPs), and commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities. In addition, funding is available to support capacity-building activities and planning for stormwater infrastructure, such as the development of bylaws and ordinances and training for municipal staff on operation and maintenance. CZM anticipates the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Requests for Responses (RFR) for this grant program this spring. Prior to the release of the RFR, CZM will host information sessions to discuss goals and requirements, answer questions, and provide feedback on potential project ideas for this grant.
    2. Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Resilience Grants - The Coastal Resilience Grant Program provides funding and technical assistance to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise through innovative and transferable local projects. Coastal communities are eligible to apply for funding to assess vulnerabilities and risks and redesign and retrofit vulnerable, municipally owned facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both coastal communities and eligible nonprofit organizations may seek funding for public education and communication efforts to conduct proactive planning to address sea level rise impacts and implement non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural shoreline resilience and provide coastal storm damage protection. CZM anticipates the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Requests for Responses (RFR) for this grant program this spring. Prior to the release of the RFR, CZM will host information sessions to discuss goals and requirements, answer questions, and provide feedback on potential project ideas for this grant.
    3. Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grants- Now Accepting Applications!

The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is seeking proposals from Massachusetts municipalities interested in replacing an undersized, perched, and/or degraded culvert located in an area of high ecological value. The total funding anticipated to be available in FY21 is $750,000-$1,500,000. Funding is to encourage municipalities to replace culverts with better designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and climate resiliency criteria. Only projects that intend to meet the goals of the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards will be considered for funding. Use of these Standards to design culverts improves river function and access for fish and wildlife, and reduces hazards to public safety, such as flooding, culvert failure, and road washout. Massachusetts municipalities are eligible to apply for funding to support advancing one culvert replacement project toward completion.  New for Fiscal Year 2021 - Municipalities may elect to also be considered for status as one of DER’s Culvert Replacement Training Sites. Training sites receive additional technical assistance and are eligible for funding until project completion. Additional eligibility requirements apply. Interested communities should view the full announcement, including funding, eligibility and evaluation criteria, on DER’s website: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/culvert-replacement-municipal-assistance-grant-program. The application deadline is 5PM, March 25, 2020.

    1. Southeast New England Network- Call for Participants

SNEP is seeking communities to receive free technical and training assistance for stormwater management and ecological restoration in the SNEP watershed. The Call was posted March 10 and is open for response until April 15, 2020 via the SNEP Network website at:  http://snepnetwork.org/call-for-participants/

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

 

Best,

 

Vallery

 

Vallery Cardoso

Climate Policy Analyst

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

100 Cambridge St., Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114

P: 617-626-1145

 


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