Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
07/14/22 3:00 PM
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 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 the 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.
For information about property requirements, see: https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-23-land-grant-bid-document/download#page=4
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: https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-23-land-grant-bid-document/download#page=6
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 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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.mass.gov/forms/local-acquisitions-for-natural-diversity-land-grant-program-application-form-fy-2023
AND mail one paper copy of the application to:
RE: ENV 23 DCS 01
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
BID ENV 23 DCS 01
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