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Grants to Massachusetts Conservation and Agricultural Agencies for Resource Protection Projects

Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Funding or PIN Number: BID ENV 24 DCS 04
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/13/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts municipal conservation agencies and agricultural commissions to acquire land to protect, restore, and conserve state resources. Funding is intended for the acquisition of properties such as fields, forests, habitats, and historic or cultural resources that offer passive recreational access to the general public. The grants reimburse cities and towns for the acquisition of land in fee or for a conservation restriction. The general public must have reasonable access to the land.

The LAND Grant Program is part of the Healey Administration’s goal of protecting and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities, conserving natural resources and open space, and addressing climate change. It is part of a longstanding tradition of protecting the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage for generations to come. The LAND Grant Program also supports Executive Order 569, which calls for state government to adapt to climate change and build a more resilient Commonwealth, by including resiliency criteria in its rating system and incorporating priority projects from EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program.

Permitted uses: Conservation; public passive recreation; limited, sustainable agriculture and/or forestry that is compatible with conservation and passive recreation. Examples include hiking, biking, swimming in a natural waterbody, hunting, fishing, skiing, wildlife viewing, environmental education, community gardens, approved timber management or agriculture, camping. For further information on allowable uses and eligible costs, see:

For information about property requirements, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Municipal conservation and agricultural commissions from communities with an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan are eligible to apply.

Applicant municipalities must meet the following requirements:
1. Open Space and Recreation Plan - Have an approved Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) on file with the EEA – Division of Conservation Services (DCS), or submit a draft plan by the LAND application deadline.
2. No unresolved protected open space conversion issues with EEA.
3. Granted authorization to acquire the property, expend funds, and accept the grant award, through a town meeting or city council vote.
4. Community Preservation Act (CPA) and Cape Cod Land Bank Communities

For further details on the above requirements, see

Prohibited uses: Active recreation or developed uses. Examples: athletic fields (baseball, soccer), off-highway vehicles and off-road driving, pools, play structures, wells, golf courses; tennis courts; shooting ranges, enclosed dog parks; etc.

Costs that are ineligible for reimbursement include any cost incurred outside of the contract period, as well as staff salaries, 21E compliance fees, legal fees, Brownfield cleanup costs, application preparation and submission costs, equipment or goods, appraisal, anything else determined by EEA to be ineligible.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Two information sessions will be held. Applicants are encouraged to attend the ‘in-person’ session that will be hosted at the DFW Field Headquarters in Westborough on May 4, 2023 at 11:00 am. A second ‘virtual’ session for those unable to attend in person will be held on May 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm via MS Teams.

Please RSVP to Vanessa Farny (; (857) 330-1978) no later than Monday, May 1 if you plan to attend either workshop.

The workshop presentation and answers to any questions received in writing by Thursday, June 29, 2023 will be posted on the DCS website. While not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend the workshop.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 3:00 pm.

A community should not expect to close on a property during calendar year 2022.

This is a reimbursement program; reimbursement rate is 52-70%.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum award amount: $500,000

Term of Contract
Contracts issued pursuant to this BID limit reimbursement to approved project costs expended on or before the end of the fiscal year for which the grant is awarded (June 30, 2023, for FY23 awards; June 30, 2024, for FY24 awards) unless the project applicant is informed otherwise by EEA in writing.

Contact Information
Apply online:

AND mail one paper copy of the application to:
Vanessa Farny
RE: ENV 23 DCS 01
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

(857) 330-1978

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