The Division of Ecological Restoration is accepting project inquiries for the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program. By submitting a pre-RFR project inquiry, potential applicants can discuss their project ideas with DER staff prior to the grant application opening.

The CRMA provides funding to municipalities interested in replacing undersized, perched and/or degraded culverts located in areas of high ecological value, with the intent of meeting the goals of the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards. The program encourages cities and towns to replace culverts with better-designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and climate resiliency criteria.

Projects must be designed to support fish and wildlife passage, maintain natural flow of water and sediment, and reconnect upstream and downstream habitats.

Awards generally range from $25,000 to $400,000.

Submission of a pre-RFR inquiry is an optional, but recommended, step in the CRMA grant application process. Potential grant applicants should email project ideas to by Feb. 1. Staff members will then reach out to set up a call. Prior to the call, prospective applicants will be asked to give basic project information so staff are able to provide feedback on the proposed project prior to submitting an application during the RFR period.

Grant materials will be posted on COMMBUYS, with other technical resources available on the division’s website in mid-January 2023.

A pre-RFR grant briefing will be held on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. (Register online)

The grant application period is anticipated to open in mid-February and close in mid-March, 2023. Pre-RFR information, including a Notice of Funding Opportunity, is available online.