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

Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) 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 - Receipt and Electronic Submission

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities to enhance outdoor recreation options for residents throughout the state. Projects may also address climate change resilience. The goal of the program is to support the acquisition, development, improvement, and renovation of parks.

The PARC Program was established to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. Eligible projects include:

  • Acquisition of parkland
  • Development of new parks
  • Improvements to existing parks

The PARC 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 scoring and incorporating priority projects from EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141709

Number of Grants:

This BID may result in multiple contracts.

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 (within a ½ mile walk) and/or has parking for 100 cars. Those projects will be eligible for the grant maximum of $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Contracts issued pursuant to this BID must expend all approved costs on or before June 30, 2023 or June 30, 2024, depending on the specific project. Extension of the contract is at the sole discretion of EEA

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 listed above may still qualify under the "small town," "regional," or "statewide" project provisions of the program.

Eligibility – communities must:
1. Have an approved Open Space and Recreation Plan on file with the Division of Conservation Services by the application deadline.
2. Submit a grant application for land acquisition prior to the acquisition of the subject property (land already owned by the community is not eligible for an acquisition grant award). Property that is purchased before receiving an executed contract from DCS will not be eligible for reimbursement.
3. Have no unresolved protected open space conversion issues with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
4. Submit an appraisal(s), if applicable.

Artificial turf fields will not be eligible for funding through the PARC grant in FY 23.

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 nonrecreational purposes (such as security cameras or dog waste bags), volunteer time, or donations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Workshop Dates:
- May 4, 2022 at 11:00 am
- May 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm

While not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend the workshop.

RSVP to Melissa Cryan to register for one of the two workshops at least two days before to receive the Teams invitation.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application deadline: Wednesday, July 14, 2022 at 3 p.m.
- Support Letter Due Date: Postmarked by Thursday, July 21, 2022 (note: support letters are not required and do not increase a project’s rating).
- Estimated Award Date: Awards are estimated to be announced on or about 120 days after grant application deadline, with contract negotiations to begin immediately thereafter
- The estimated start date for contracts resulting from this BID is January 31, 2022, subject to change.

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.

This is a reimbursement program. Reimbursement rate: 52-70%.

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/parkland-acquisitions-and-renovations-for-communities-parc-grant-program-application-form-fy-2023

The paper copy of the application package shall be submitted to:
Melissa Cryan
RE: ENV 23 DCS 02
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Contact:
Melissa Cryan
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 274-7173
melissa.cryan@mass.gov

RSVP to the grant workshop by contacting Melissa Cryan at the email address above.

Funding or Pin Number:

BID#: BD-22-1042-ENV-ENV01-72542

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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