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Grants to Massachusetts Conservation and
Agricultural Agencies for Resource Protection Projects

Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Conf. Date:

05/12/22

Deadline Date:

07/14/22 3:00 PM

Description:

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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141708

Number of Grants:

Multiple contracts

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award for any single project is $400,000, except for joint applications, which can receive up to $400,000 per participating municipality.

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.

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. Have no unresolved protected open space conversion issues with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
3. Obtain municipal approval for the acquisition.
4. Community Preservation Act (CPA) and Cape Cod Land Bank Communities

For further details on the above requirements, see https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-23-land-grant-bid-document/download#page=2.

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:

An information session will be held on the following dates:

Wed., May 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

RSVP to Vanessa Farny for one of the two dates above to receive an access link.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Release of BID: March 16, 2022
- Information Sessions: May 4, and May 12, 2022
- Question Period: Questions about this BID will be answered until June 30, 2022.
- Application Due Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 3:00 pm
- Estimated Award Date: Awards for land acquisitions are estimated to be announced about 120 days after the grant application deadline.

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

Applicants not selected to receive funding will receive a notification letter.

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

How to Apply: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-local-acquisitions-for-natural-diversity-land-grant

Contact Information:

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:
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
vanessa.farny@mass.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

BID ENV 23 DCS 01

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Geographic Focus:

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