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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

Call for Environmental Consultants! Apply to Join NEEFC’s Prequalified Consultant Pool by March 1, 2024

The NEEFC, through the University of Maine System, is seeking responses from consultants to be included in a prequalified pool to provide professional services.

The purpose of the Consultant Pool is to help communities advance activities that are beyond their technical capacity and outside of the expertise or capacity of NEEFC staff and partners. Consultant services will be provided on an as-needed basis to municipalities, tribes, public water systems/utilities, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and/or small businesses in New England. The Consultant Pool will include a broad range professional services including technical and managerial, financial, and outreach and engagement services.

Response Deadline: March 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

Featured Funding Opportunity

Rhode Island Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Submission Deadline: All proposals are due no later than Friday, January 26, 2024.

Grant or Loan? Grant. Note applicants must match between 10-40% of funds requested depending on project/community type. 

Funding Availability: $1.2 million total 

Who’s Eligible? Municipal, state, and regional governments; Quasi-state agencies; Public schools and universities; 501(c)3 nonprofits.

Purpose: Grants to assist in the implementation of projects that prevent and/or abate water pollution associated with nonpoint sources and to improve or restore aquatic habitat. Note funds are being targeted to specific watersheds and eligible disadvantaged communities.

Contact: Betsy Dake: (401) 222-4700, ext. 2777230 or | Sean McCormick: (401) 222-4700, ext. 2777728 or

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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.