Wednesday, June 05, 2013

What is the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)?

The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) is a state organization that provides grants for projects that protect and restore the water and related resources of the Commonwealth.

The MET does not use any tax dollars to operate. It is entirely funded by the sale of specialty environmental license plates and legal settlements. The Trust has an independent Board of Trustees appointed by the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

Who can apply for a grant?  Eligible organizations generally include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Unincorporated organizations may apply provided that they have an eligible fiscal sponsor. One should review the specifics of each Program area to learn about specific eligibility requirements for one's area of interest.

No portion of any grant funds provided by the Trust shall be used for: any lobbying activity; any political committee, contribution, expenditure or campaign activity.

You can read about the MET on this web page, which is part of the website of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.