Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
07/14/21 3:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Massachusetts municipal conservation and agricultural commissions to acquire land to protect, restore, and conserve the resources of the State. Funding is intended to support the procurement of properties such as fields, forests, habitats, and historic or cultural resources which offer passive recreational access to the general public. Funds may be used to purchase a conservation restriction or land in fee simple.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) protects, conserves, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth. To fulfill this mission, Kathleen A. Theoharides, Secretary of EEA, is making available funding through the FY 2022 round of the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program to assist municipal conservation commissions in acquiring interests in land for conservation and passive recreation. The LAND Grant Program is part of the Baker 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 Governor Baker’s 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.
The LAND Grant Program helps cities and towns acquire land for conservation and passive recreation purposes. 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 grant supports the purchase of:
Eligible projects include the:
The LAND grant program requires properties to provide passive recreational opportunities to the public.
Permitted uses: Conservation; public passive recreation; limited, sustainable agriculture and/or forestry that is compatible with conservation and passive recreation. Subject to EEA approval.
Examples: 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, see: https://www.mass.gov/doc/land-grant-bid-document-0/download#page=4
Costs eligible for reimbursement include all approved project costs incurred within the grant recipient’s contract period, including:
GrantWatch ID#: 141708
The maximum award for any single project is $400,000, except for joint applications, which can receive up to $400,000 per participating municipality.
Contracts will end on June 30, 2022 for FY 2022 awards and June 30, 2023 for FY 2023 awards. Extension of a contract is at the sole discretion of EEA.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit one paper copy and an electronic copy of the application to:
RE: ENV 21 DCS 01
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
BID ENV 21 DCS 01
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