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Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities to Acquire
and Develop Parks and Recreational Areas

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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07/15/20 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities for outdoor recreational projects to benefit residents in urban areas throughout the State. Funding is intended to support projects to acquire land for recreational purposes, develop new parks, and renovate or enhance existing parks. Cities and towns of all sizes are eligible to apply.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) protects, conserves, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth. To fulfill this mission, funding is offered for the FY 21 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program. This program is intended to provide funding to cities and towns to acquire and develop land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 141709

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Cities of any size, Cape Cod communities, and towns with more than 35,000 residents are eligible for the grant maximum of $400,000.
- Towns with less than 35,000 residents are eligible for a Small Town grant, which has a maximum grant award of $100,000,
unless the proposed project is accessible via public transportation and/or has parking for 100 cars. Those projects will be eligible for the grant maximum of $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Contracts will end on June 30, 2021 or June 30, 2022, depending on the project. Extension of the contract is at the sole discretion of EEA. All land must be purchased on or before June 30, 2021 or June 30, 2022 (depending on the grant award’s fiscal year) and all construction work must be completed on or before June 30, 2022 to be eligible for reimbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants - This bid is open to Municipalities:

Community requirements:

- Communities must have an approved Open Space and Recreation Plan on file with the Division of Conservation Services by the application deadline. A draft Open Space and Recreation Plan may be filed with the application by the deadline.
- Communities must submit a grant application prior to the acquisition of the subject property (land already owned by the community is not eligible for an acquisition grant award).
- Communities must have no unresolved protected open space conversion issues with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
- Communities must submit an appraisal(s), if applicable.

Participants must submit a draft warrant article or City Council resolution to the Division for review before the Town Meeting or City Council vote (submission of vote for review may occur prior to grant application deadline if vote will occur prior to that date).

Population requirements: Cities of any size, Cape Cod communities, and towns with more than 35,000 residents are eligible for the grant maximum. Towns with less than 35,000 residents are eligible for a Small Town grant.

Multiple applications: Given the high volume of applications in recent grant rounds, EEA reserves the right to limit awards to one per municipality; however, each municipality is welcome to submit multiple applications. A second application from a city may be funded if it is located in another community. Projects involving renovations of the same type in multiple parks, such as resurfacing playgrounds or installation of basketball courts, may be packaged into one application. Applications with themes that incorporate many parks and projects under one application, such as “Improving the Historic District”, must be packaged into separate applications. Unrelated renovations must be submitted as individual applications.

Artificial turf fields will not be eligible for funding through the PARC grant in FY 21.

Pre-proposal Conference:

It is strongly recommended that the Participant attend a “how to” grant workshop:

- April 29, 2020 at 11:00 am in West Springfield at the Department of Agricultural Resources office at 64 Century Way, Suite 42
- May 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm in Boston at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room D

Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan if you plan on attending.

These dates and locations are subject to change, due to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the DCS website.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.


- Release of BID: March 27, 2020
- Information Sessions: April 29, 2020 and May 12, 2020
- Application Due Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm
- Support Letter Due Date: Postmarked by Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (note: support letters are not required
- Estimated Award Date: Awards are estimated to be announced about 120 days after the grant application deadline.

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

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

One original (clearly identified as such) and one paper copy of the application package shall be submitted to:

Melissa Cryan
RE: ENV 21 DCS 02
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Please note that you must also submit an electronic copy of your application this year to Melissa Cryan.

Melissa Cryan
(617) 626-1171

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