Each year, the Committee solicits projects from each of the ten Wild & Scenic Communities and conservation partners to support river conservation efforts. Projects which may be eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:
- Riverfront road and bridge repairs, culvert replacement to enhance fish passage, and bank stabilization projects (e.g. to assist in design and/or to enhance outcomes of existing projects);
- Improvements to drainage, vegetated buffers, cleanup of storage materials in river corridor, or replacement of certain facilities outside the river corridor;
- Fish and aquatic habitat improvements (e.g. fish passage, woody habitat, shade cover, etc.)
- Monitoring or assessment of water quality;
- Inventories of resources in riparian corridor (e.g. fish and wildlife habitat assessments, bird surveys, tracking studies, native and invasive plant inventories, etc.);
- Removal and/or control of invasive species within river corridor.
The Committee considers the following when reviewing eligible projects:
- Does the proposal directly enhance, protect or preserve river resources (especially those which occur in-stream, on the river bank and/or in the riparian corridor)?
- Does the proposal address the protection of outstanding remarkable values (ecological, scenic, geological, historical, recreational, and agricultural features)?
- Does the proposal strengthen relationships in order to best protect river resources?
- Does the project build on ongoing efforts of the Committee? Ongoing efforts of the town?
- Is the project feasible with funding available?
- Does the project engage partners and raise awareness about the river?
- Will future activities/decisions etc. build on the results of this project?
- Are results of the project sustainable after completion of the grant?
- Are there matching funds or in-kind contributions to the project?
- Is there an appropriate entity to implement the project?
- Does the project occur in and/or support the Wild & Scenic Towns?
Eligible applicants are highly encouraged to contact Carrie Banks, Wild & Scenic Westfield River Coordinator, at email@example.com or (413) 579-3015 to discuss your project proposal and current availability of funds in the grant program. Once determined to be eligible, then the proponent will need to submit 2-4 page application describing the project, budget and how it meets the grant guidelines.
Community grants applications in excess of $1,000 should be submitted by Monday, April 17th, 2017.
Applications for funds less than $1,000 can be submitted on a rolling-basis.
Projects will be funded based on the availability of funds and contingent on annual funding allocations. Another grant round is anticipated in September 2017. Grant funds would be available 4-6 weeks after the applications are submitted.