Massachusetts Environmental Trust FY15 General Grants

09/12/2013, 5:00 PM

To: All Faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science and Engineering as well as all other interested faculty

Greetings, Below please find a limited submission opportunity from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with only one nominee allowed per institution. If you are interested in submitting to this program please email me by September 12th. 

Massachusetts Environmental Trust FY15 General Grants

Program Description:

The waters of the Commonwealth face immediate and growing threats such as runoff pollution, mismanagement of water withdrawals (excessive summer use, sewering out of basin, etc), bacterial pollution, nitrogen pollution, chemical pollution, temperature change, invasive species and habitat degradation and loss. Climate change and development pressure further exacerbate these problems as natural communities and riparian buffers are displaced, and water infrastructure must accommodate wider ranges of floods and droughts. Massachusetts continues to develop land at a pace that far exceeds human population change. These continuing problems endanger ecosystems and human health.The General Grants, funded solely by the revenue generated from the sale of our three environmental license plates, support nonprofit organizations and municipalities in efforts to restore, protect, and improve water and water-related resources of the Commonwealth. Proposals are accepted once annually for programs and initiatives that address threats to the health of the state's water bodies and watersheds.These grants provide funding to support programs, research, and other activities that promote the responsible stewardship of the Commonwealth's water resources. MET's goal is to encourage development of new approaches and ideas and to spur innovation among grantees or partnering organizations. To achieve these outcomes, the Trust supports projects that: improve water quality or quantity, conserve aquatic habitat and species, reduce runoff pollution, mitigate the effects of climate change on water resources, promote human health as it relates to water resources, and/or other efforts consistent with the Trust's mission.Examples of the kinds of projects that grants typically support include, but are not limited to, innovative projects that address concerns such as:

  • Point and non-point source pollution (including runoff, bacterial, chemical, and nitrogen);
  • Water conservation and enhancing recharge and flow;
  • Monitoring marine, estuarine, and freshwater systems;
  • Endangered and threatened species and habitat;
  • Human health issues that result from degraded water resources;
  • Environmental education projects pertaining to water resources;
  • Low-income or "environmental justice" communities; and/or
  • Research on emerging environmental issues.

In general, the Trust prefers those projects that:

  • Support new programs and projects rather than the operation of existing programs;
  • Involve collaboration with other non-profits, municipalities, or private partners;
  • Leverage additional funding or in-kind resources to maximize the impact of MET grant funds;
  • Include outreach to the media and general public, other non-profits, municipalities, and community leaders to share project approaches and results;
  • Recognize the interdependence of land and water;
  • Address issues with a cross-boundary approach (local, regional, state);
  • Address global issues at a local level;
  • Address social/environmental justice concerns;
  • Build and strengthen the capacities of organizations and partnerships; and
  • Define clearly expected outcomes and include metrics for measuring success.

Sponsor Deadline:

Letter of Inquiry – October 11, 2013

Full Proposals (by invitation) – March 14, 2014