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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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07/14/21 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities for outdoor recreational projects that benefit residents in urban areas throughout the State. Funding is intended to support the acquisition of land for recreational purposes, promote the development of new parks, and support the renovation or enhancement of existing parks. Cities and towns of all sizes are eligible to apply.

EEA seeks to further the protection of suitable conservation and recreation land within the Commonwealth, as well as making more land available for recreation in urban areas. To this end, financial assistance is available to municipalities for the acquisition of recreation land, development of new parks, or the renovation of existing parks. Please note that PARC grants can fund park designs only if included as part of a construction project, but can fund only construction work. 

Applicants should give every consideration to incorporating wood into projects seeking funding from this program, and particularly, wood products grown and manufactured locally. If local wood is determined not to be appropriate for the project, grantees should be prepared to demonstrate that wood is not a suitable material or that locally grown and manufactured products are not available or cost-prohibitive (MGL Chapter 30B Section 20).

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GrantWatch ID#: 141709

Number of Grants:

This BID will result in multiple contracts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amount: $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 (within a ½ mile walk) and/or has parking for 100 cars. Those projects will be eligible for the grant maximum of $400,000. A sum of $400,000 will be held aside to fund Small Town grants.

Term of Contract:

Contracts must expend 100% of costs associated with the approved project on or before June 30, 2022, or June 30, 2023, depending on the specific project, in order to be eligible for the total grant reimbursement amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any town with a population of 35,000 or more year-round residents, or any city regardless of size, that has an authorized park /recreation commission is eligible to participate in the program. Communities that do not meet the population criteria may still qualify under the "small town," "regional," or "statewide" project provisions of the program.

Applications are open to all municipalities that have submitted an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan.

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.

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.

Ineligible project costs include, but are not limited to, costs associated with the preparation and submission of an application in response to this BID, staff salaries, equipment and goods used for non-recreational purposes (such as security cameras or dog waste bags), volunteer time, or donations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

It is strongly recommended that the Applicant attend a “how-to” grant workshop.

Grant Workshop Dates:
- May 4, 2021, at 11:00 am
- May 13, 2021, at 2:00 pm

Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan for one of the two dates and she will provide you with the Zoom login information.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A postmark will not be accepted for verification of the date of submission.

Support letters must be postmarked by Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Support letters are not required. Awards are estimated to be announced on or about 120 days after the grant application deadline.

Applicants must submit a draft Town Meeting warrant article or City Council resolution to the Division for review before the Town Meeting or City Council vote (submission of the vote for review may occur prior to grant application deadline if the vote will occur prior to that date). Please note that a successful applicant is expected to submit an affirmative vote to DCS by December 31, 2021, so towns should strongly consider taking the vote at their Spring or Fall 2021 Town Meeting. In the event that the municipality is unable to meet this deadline, contact Melissa Cryan.

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

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.

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 22 DCS 02
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

One electronic copy of the application should be emailed to Melissa Cryan at

RSVP to the grant workshop by contacting Melissa Cryan at the email address above or call 857-274-7173.

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