We understand that the process of obtaining funding can be a daunting one, and have professionals in place to assist and provide guidance – from identifying funding sources through the application process. Recently, two new funding programs were announced which provide financial resources to communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced the availability of grants from the Climate Resilience Fund to implement climate resilience projects for climate-driven challenges facing Rhode Island communities. DEM is seeking grant proposals for projects that will support governmental and non-profit entities in restoring and improving the climate resilience of vulnerable coastal habitats, as well as river and stream floodplains and related habitat. Approximately $3,000,000 in grant funds is expected to be available and applications are due on April 6, 2020.
The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is seeking proposals for municipalities interested in replacing an undersized, perched and/or degraded culvert located in an area of high ecological value. Funding between $750,000 and $1.5m will be available in FY21 to encourage municipalities to replace aging culverts with better designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and flood resiliency – only projects that intend to meet the goals of the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards will be considered for funding. The RFR is anticipated to be released on February 25, 2020 and responses will be due on March 25, 2020.
Contact BETA today if you are interested in consultation and guidance for these or other grant funding programs.