2018 SNEP Request For Proposals

February 14, 2018
Restore America’s Estuaries
Saunderstown, R.I.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Thomas Ardito
401-675-3109 | tardito@estuaries.org

Restore America’s Estuaries launches 2018 Southeast New England Watershed Grants

Clean water, healthy watersheds, and vibrant coastal ecosystems are essential to the communities of Southeast New England – a foundation of our region’s prosperity and quality of life. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems generate billions of dollars in economic value through beach-going, fishing, tourism, and many other uses. Yet despite recent improvements, water pollution and ecosystem degradation threaten our most important natural assets. 

To help restore clean water and healthy ecosystems to Southeast New England, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), with financial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is launching the 2018 Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants. The grants target water pollution, habitat degradation, and other high-priority environmental issues, in order to foster sustainable coastal and watershed communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

2018 SNEP Watershed Grants will provide up to $2.5 million in grants, intended to encourage strategic investments by state, local, tribal, and regional partners. The source of the funding is federal, and grantees are expected to provide an additional 33% of the grant amount in non-federal matching funds. Cash and in-kind contributions may be counted toward match. 

2018 SNEP Watershed Grants are intended to support the goals and priorities of EPA’s Southeast New England Program, a regional effort to promote a resilient ecosystem of clean water, healthy diverse habitats, and sustainable communities in southeast New England’s coastal watersheds. Learn more about SNEP at www.epa.gov/snecwrp. 

2018 SNEP Watershed Grants will be selected and awarded through a competitive, two-step application process, beginning with a pre-proposal due by 5 p.m. EST on March 30, 2018. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a regional informational meeting or participate in a webinar, to learn more about the 2018 SNEP Watershed Grants and discuss project ideas. 

Informational Meetings & Webinars 

Informational Meetings: Informational meetings for prospective applicants will be held at the following locations and dates (all EST): 

  • Providence, RI: Tues., 27 Feb., 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at Save The Bay, 100 Save The Bay Dr., Providence, RI 02905 o 
  • Taunton, MA: Wed., 28 Feb., 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District, 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780 
  • East Falmouth, MA: Thurs., 1 Mar., 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit (East Falmouth), MA 02536 (Boathouse Building) 

Webinars: Informational webinars will be held on the following dates. 

  • Tues. 6 Mar., 1:00 p.m. – register at www.snepgrants.org 
  • Thurs., 8 Mar., 1:00 p.m. – register at www.snepgrants.org

The geographic region eligible for 2018 SNEP Watershed Grants extends from Westerly, R.I. to Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod, encompassing the major estuaries of Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay, and their watershed lands as far north as Worcester, Mass. It includes the south shore of Cape Cod as well as Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island and the Elizabeth Islands. Please refer to www.snepgrants.org for an interactive map. 

2018 SNEP Watershed Grants target integrated approaches to water quality and ecosystem restoration. SNEP recognizes that clean water, healthy habitats, resilient ecosystems, and prosperous communities are closely interconnected, and that strong partnerships offer the most effective means of meeting Southeast New England’s environmental challenges. Through this 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP), RAE seeks to support and develop innovative and transformative ideas, in order to improve the restoration, preservation, and management of coastal and watershed ecosystems throughout Southeast New England, now and in the future. 

Past rounds of SNEP grants have funded a variety of successful projects to restore clean water and coastal ecosystems. One priority is nutrient pollution to coastal waters. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus harm coastal ecosystems throughout Southeast New England by fertilizing excess growth of seaweeds, plankton and other algae. This reduces the oxygen in the water that fish and shellfish need to survive; degrades coastal habitats such as salt marshes and marine bottoms; and can catalyze outbreaks of toxic algae that pose acute health risks to humans and wildlife. SNEP grants for innovative approaches to storm water management, septic system research and coastal resilience are already helping Southeast New England communities tackle such pressing environmental issues. SNEP seeks to fund partnerships in order to leverage the resources of state, local, academic, corporate, non-profit and tribal organizations. 

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1995. RAE leads a national alliance of ten coastal conservation organizations across the country dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.