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Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

07/02/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to Rhode Island and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes for water management projects in eligible areas. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to applying. 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, healthy coastal ecosystems, and sustainable communities in Southeast New England.

For the purposes of this grant program, 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.

SNEP Watershed Grants’ funding priorities are aligned with the SNEP vision, goals and priority actions and in the SNEP Strategic Plan (see Supporting Documents below). 

Examples of proposals that support SNEP vision, goals and priorities include those which:

  • Establish or support sustainable partnerships;
  • Provide multiple benefits for communities and the environment;
  • Foster environmental equity;
  • Restore coastal and watershed habitats such as rivers, salt marshes, seagrass, and wetlands;
  • Foster coastal resilience and adaptation to changing climate and environmental conditions;
  • Reduce nutrients and nutrient impacts on coastal ecosystems;
  • Restore or improve urban landscapes with nature-based solutions;
  • Develop, implement or communicate innovative approaches;
  • Develop sources or methods of sustainable financing for clean water and other environmental improvements;
  • Develop or implement holistic environmental plans, including watershed-based planning and action.

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 include workshops or training series, major symposia, partnership 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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160489

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

5-15 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $350,000.

Projects of exceptional impact may be funded up to $500,000. Smaller grants will be considered in limited instances.

Term of Contract:

The expected date of award of 2021 SNEP Watershed Grants is October 1, 2021. Following award, the project period may be up to 27 months, ending no later than Dec. 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.

Organizations need not be located within the SNEP Region to be eligible for funding, but the funded work must take place within the region with the primary purpose of benefitting the SNEP Region.

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

Public-private partnerships are encouraged, consistent with federal competitive procurement requirements.

SNEP Steering Committee members are eligible to apply.

For information about ineligible uses of funding, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

RAE will host three virtual workshops for applicants interested in submitting a Letter of Intent. Virtual Application Workshops will be held on the following dates in 2021. All times EST. Click the links below to register for one, or more, of these workshops.

Mar. 16, 10:00 a.m.

Mar. 18, 1:00 p.m.

Mar. 24, 10:00 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application is a two-step process, beginning with a Letter of Intent (LOI) to be submitted through an online portal. The deadline to complete the LOI is Friday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Schedule (all dates 2021 unless noted otherwise; all times EST):
- Mar. 1: RFP Release Date
• Virtual Application Workshops: See above
- Apr. 16, 4:00 p.m: Letters of Intent (LOIs) Due
- Week of May 17: Full Proposal requested if selected; others notified
- Jul. 2, 4:00 p.m.: Full Proposals Due
- Week of Aug. 16: Notification of Awards
- September Date TBA: Grant Announcements

Letters of Intent and Full Proposals must be submitted through the online portal. Submissions sent by email or other means will not be accepted.

Grants will be announced at one or two public events (real or virtual) in September 2021. Grantees are required to participate in these events.

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

Note: EIN, DUNS and SAM registration are not required for submittal of the LOI, but are required for the Full Proposal. Applicants can note that these items are “pending” when submitting the LOI. As it may take several weeks to complete these registrations, be sure to allow sufficient time to obtain them prior to the Full Proposal deadline.

Organizations may submit multiple LOIs or 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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Contact Information:

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

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For all inquiries related to this RFP, contact Thomas Ardito, Restore America’s Estuaries,

2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 603
Arlington, VA 22201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Southeastern region;   Rhode Island

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