Navigating the Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Grant Opportunity for Massachusetts Municipalities

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Navigating the Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Grant Opportunity for Massachusetts Municipalities

Over $10 million in funding is available in 2023 through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) to restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound (“the Sound”). Non-point source pollution accounts for sixty percent of the load to the Sound during wet weather. Eligible projects in the “Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds” theme should improve water quality by reducing nitrogen pollution, impervious cover, stormwater runoff, and point and nonpoint source loading the Sound. This webinar will help attendees learn more about grant opportunities through the LISFF. You will hear directly from funders, learn important tips for creating a competitive proposal, find ways to connect with potential match, and have a chance to discuss specific project ideas.

Intended Audience: Regional Planning Agencies, Municipalities and Non-profits with interest in water quality restoration and climate resilience projects in Western MA.

To learn more about the upcoming workshop please contact Kim Groff, Project Partner, Throwe Environmental, LLC, at Kim@throwe environmental.com.

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Hourly Schedule

Tentative Agenda

10:00AM - 10:05AM
Welcome Remarks – What is new in 2023: Technical assistance and funding opportunities!
Dan Nees, Director of Policy and Finance at Throwe Environmental, will frame the current funding challenges municipalities are currently facing.
10:05AM - 10:20AM
Framing the Connecticut River Valley Watershed Challenges
Bessie Wright, EPA Region 1 LIS Program Coordinator, will frame the non-point source water resources challenges in the Upper Watershed of the Connecticut River Valley by highlighting the co-benefits of nitrogen reduction. With unprecedented funding available this is a call to action to help solve our water quality and environmental challenges.
10:20AM - 11:00AM
The Long Island Sound Futures Fund Spotlight –Tips for Creating a Competitive Proposal
Lynn Dwyer, Long Island Sound Futures Fund Program Director will offer an insider’s perspective on the “do’s and don’ts” of creating a compelling proposal. Case examples will serve to illustrate the key factors that make your project eligible and competitive, how to navigate project phases from planning and design to implementation, what practices are eligible for funding, and resources for estimating the water quality and other benefits of your project.
11:00AM - 11:05AM
Break
Participants seperated into breakout rooms for Meet the Funders portion of the workshop.
11:05AM - 11:45AM
Meet the Funders
Potential applicants will have the opportunity to meet with funders to answer specific questions, share more details about grant programs, discuss proposal ideas, or think through match requirements to help prepare for proposal submission. Particpants are enocuraged to bring their project ideas and can download the LISFF Project Brainstorming Worksheet here. Please fill out and return the brainstorming worksheet to Kim Groff via email at Kim@throweenvironmental.com no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar (March 1, 2023 at 10 AM).