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New England Environmental Finance Center

Our mission is to provide innovative financing solutions that help states, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and the private sector pay for environmental projects.

About Us

Since 2001, the New England Environmental Finance Center (NEEFC) at the University of Southern Maine has worked to build local capacity to pay for the growing cost of protecting critical environmental resources and fostering resilient communities.

Our programs reflect the greatest needs of the 6 New England states including funding and financing of climate adaptation and resilience, stormwater and nutrient management, water infrastructure, and sustainable operating practices.

“High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth.”
— Edmund Muskie, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator & Governor of Maine

The NEEFC administers the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Network. The SNEP Network provides training and assistance to municipalities, organizations, and tribes to advance stormwater and watershed management, ecological restoration, and climate resilience in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The network is committed to building capacity in conjunction with EPA’s Southeast New England Program within EPA Region 1.

As part of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), the NEEFC is one of 10 regional centers supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Together the EFCN is a collaborative of university-based organizations working to create innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement.

New & Noteworthy

EPA Announces Online Collection of Environmental Justice (EJ) Resources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Environmental Justice Clearinghouse, a first-of-its-kind online collection of resources related to environmental justice. 

The preliminary resources listed on the EJ Clearinghouse were submitted by agencies from across the federal government, including funding opportunities, screening and mapping tools, and technical assistance opportunities. The EJ Clearinghouse features searchable categories to simplify results for the public to ensure a more efficient and accessible process for accessing information related to environmental justice.

EPA will continue to add information to the clearinghouse on a rolling basis and welcomes input and any submissions from the public for review and potential inclusion. Visit EPA’s website to view the Environmental Justice Clearinghouse or submit a potential resource.

Featured Funding Opportunity

Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Opportunity to Advance Resilience (SOAR) Fund

Submission Deadline: Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 7, 2024

Grant or Loan? Grant 

Funding Availability: $1.25 million total for grants likely ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 each

Who’s Eligible? State, local and tribal governments, public and private universities and colleges, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, interstate agencies, and Intertribal Consortia.

Purpose: Grants to improve and support the resilience of disadvantaged communities throughout the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) region to address the anticipated effects of climate change and the historic, long-term impacts of environmental and social injustices. This program aims to amplify meaningful community involvement by funding a host of planning, implementation, outreach, training, capacity, and staff-building projects.

Contact: SNEP at

Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG)

Submission Deadline: Proposals are due at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 21.

Grant or Loan? Grant 

Funding Availability: $2.8 million for grants ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 each

Who’s Eligible? State, county and local governments and their subdivisions, tribes, regional planning organizations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Organizations do not need to 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 benefiting the SNEP Region.

Purpose: SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG) is a partnership between EPA and Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), a national coalition of non-profit coastal conservation organizations. SWIG grants provide funding to projects throughout Southeast New England that implement or complement the SNEP Network’s work to restore clean water, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable communities.

Contact: Thomas Ardito, Restore America’s Estuaries,

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What We Do

Outreach and Engagement

Community engagement, charrettes, and meeting facilitation that engages all stakeholders and includes their voices in planning decisions.

Technical Assistance

Training and assistance to municipalities, organizations, and tribes to advance stormwater and watershed management, funding and sustainable financing, and improve utility and business operations to achieve resilience to the changing climate.

Education and Training

Capacity building and education of state and local decision makers and utility managers in innovative
financing solutions.

Develop Young Professionals

Engaging student interns in projects to help develop the next generation of environmental finance professionals.