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SNEP Watershed Grant (SNEPWG20)

Grants to Rhode Island and Massachusetts Nonprofits, IHEs,
and Agencies for Environmental Projects in Eligible Areas

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Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Southeast New England Program (SNEP)

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Deadline Date:

05/29/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Rhode Island and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes for water management projects in eligible areas. Funding is intended to support both large and small projects that address fresh or marine water quality degradation. The purpose of the program is to restore clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.

For the purposes of this solicitation, Southeast New England is defined as lands, watersheds, waters, and islands from Westerly, Rhode Island, to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, including the waters of Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay, and their watersheds as far north as Worcester and Brockton, MA. It includes all major rivers and river drainage basins flowing into coastal waters of Rhode Island, Buzzards Bay, and the South Shore of Cape Cod. It also includes Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island, and the Elizabeth Islands.

This 2020 SNEP Watershed Grants RFP seeks projects and programs that address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Address SNEP program goals (see;
  • Reduce nutrients and nutrient impacts on coastal ecosystems;
  • Develop and implement innovative approaches and practices that provide multiple benefits for communities and ecosystems;
  • Establish and support sustainable partnerships;
  • Foster environmental equity and the restoration or improvement of urban landscapes and communities;
  • Foster coastal resilience and adaptation to changing climate and environmental conditions;
  • Restore coastal and watershed habitats such as rivers and wetlands;
  • Measure and assess the effectiveness of environmental programs and projects;
  • Analyze, interpret and communicate environmental data; and
  • Build upon or implement existing watershed, water quality, or other environmental plans.

In addition to the larger projects described above, RAE will consider smaller grants that advance local and peer-to-peer learning regarding the restoration of clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems. Examples of peer-to-peer learning projects include workshops or training series, major symposia, partnerrship development, etc. RAE is particularly interested in funding special projects that share knowledge and experience developed through SNEP programs and projects with stakeholders and practitioners throughout the SNEP region. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 160489

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

5-15 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical awards will range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Smaller awards may be considered under special circumstances. Peer-to-Peer Learning projects will typically be in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.

Proposals for region-wide projects and programs of exceptional impact costing more than $500,000 will also be considered.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a period of 30 months as follows:
- Contract start date: August 1, 2020
- Completion of funded projects: December 31, 2022
- Completion of reporting: January 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are municipalities, state agencies, tribes, regional planning organizations, state or municipally chartered commissions, other subdivisions of state and local governments, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

Federal agencies are not eligible, but may be included as partners in proposals submitted by eligible recipients.

Public-private partnerships are encouraged consistent with the competitive procurement requirements. SNEP Steering Committee members are eligible to apply.

For information about ineligible projects, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars regarding the 2020 SNEP Watershed Grants Request for Proposals will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 14, 1-3 p.m. EST
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Thursday, April 30, 1-3 p.m. EST
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due May 29, 2020, by 5:00 PM EDT. Applicants will be notified in June, and a public announcement of awards will be made in September/October 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic RAE has streamlined and accelerated the application process.

Funded projects must provide an additional 33% of the requested amount in non-federal matching funds.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with

Organizations may submit multiple grant applications either as a lead organization, or as a partner on another organization's applications. Multiple applications must be submitted separately and will be evaluated independent of other proposals.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to Thomas Ardito, Program Director at

2300 Clarendon Road, Suite 603
Arlington, VA 22201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts;   Rhode Island

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