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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for the Conservation
of Local Waters in the MetroWest Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation for MetroWest (FFMW) - MetroWest Fund for the Environment

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/05/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to support and promote the conservation of local waters in the MetroWest region. Funding may be requested for research, advocacy, infrastructure and the inclusion of traditionally under-represented voices.

The Foundation for MetroWest especially seeks to support:
- Those concepts that create efficiencies as a result of encouraging multi-stakeholder collaboration or reducing duplication of services
- Community-based solutions that have a smaller likelihood of receiving grant funding from other sources
- Inspire behavior changes and lower barriers to community participation in environmental work

Potential projects may include, but by no means are limited to:
- Efforts to achieve measurable improvements to the quality of water in our region
- Integration of under-represented voices into the environmental dialogue and movement
- Green infrastructure practices within an area to determine their effectiveness in managing storm water and sewer overflows
- Research and advocacy work for uniform water management practices
- Practitioner engagement in local conservation efforts: E.g., effective design, management, and implementation of storm water and water regulations or providing technical expertise to local towns as they develop vulnerability plans

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186017

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $7,000 may be requested; the average grant size will be $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Have 501(c)(3) tax status as a registered nonprofit organization or have an eligible fiscal sponsor
- Serve the MetroWest region. (MetroWest is defined as the following 33 cities and towns: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Westwood.)
- Incorporate a water-based element

To be eligible for funding, a prior grantee must have completed its project and/or spent all funds from
Foundation for MetroWest, and submitted its final report.

Ineligible organizations include:
- Public agencies
- Schools – private, public, pre-K, charter, or Chapter 766

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation for MetroWest 2019 Grant Open House will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM EDT at Wellesley Free Library.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 grant cycle is an online process and will operate based on the following timeline:
- June 24 9:00 AM: Applications open online
- August 5 at 5:00 PM: Deadline for proposals
- September 16 - October 4: Potential site visits and/or follow-up conversations
- Mid-November: Applicants notified of decision

Awards will be determined by mid-November. Grantees will be notified by email of decisions and grant recipients will receive necessary paperwork and funding within two weeks of the notification date.

If you have questions regarding the eligibility or suitability of your proposal, you are encouraged to email as early as possible to schedule a time to discuss them.

How to Apply:
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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.

Online application portal:

Caroline Murphy, Senior Program Officer

Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot Street, Natick MA 01760

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: MetroWest is defined as the following 33 cities and towns: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick

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