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Grants to Massachusetts Agencies to Provide Outdoor Recreational Opportunities for Residents Throughout the State

Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Funding or PIN Number: BID#: BD-23-1042-ENV-ENV01-84496
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/13/23 3:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts municipalities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for residents throughout the state. The purpose of funding is to make land available for recreation in urban areas and to protect conservation and recreation land. Funding can be used to build a new park, renovate an existing park, or acquire parkland. The program also addresses issues of climate change and resiliency.

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 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.

Please note that PARC grants may fund park designs only if the design work is included as part of a construction project. PARC grants may fund solely construction work, with no design. Exceptions may be made in rare circumstances at EEA’s sole discretion. 

For a list of eligible expenses for acquisition and development/renovation projects:


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.

This BID is open to municipalities that have Open Space and Recreation Plans that are approved or currently under review by DCS.

Ineligible expense categories (Please note that this is not a complete list):
- Application preparation or submission costs in response to BID
- Staff salaries
- Equipment and goods used for nonrecreational purposes (such as security cameras or dog waste bags)
- Stewardship or monitoring endowments
- Volunteer time
- Donations

Artificial turf fields will not be eligible for funding through the PARC grant in FY 24.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information Sessions:
It is strongly recommended that the Applicant attend the in-person “how to” grant workshop on May 4, 2023 at 11:00 am at the DFW Field Headquarters in Westborough.

DCS will also host a virtual workshop on May 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan if you plan on attending either workshop. If attending the virtual workshop, she will send you the Teams invitation when you RSVP.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications must be received in one hard copy and one electronic copy via online form by 3:00 pm, Thursday, July 13, 2023.
- Support letter due date: Postmarked by Thursday, July 20, 2023 (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 the grant application deadline, with contract negotiations to begin immediately thereafter. Please note this is an estimated timeframe, subject to change based on the availability of funds and other factors.

This is a reimbursement grant program. Applicants selected to receive funding must demonstrate the ability to pay for the project through a municipal vote that appropriates 100% of the total project cost. Reimbursement rate: 52% to 70% of the total project cost based on the applicant community’s equalized valuation per capita decile rank. Community reimbursement rates are available in Supporting Documents below.

How to apply:

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 $500,000. 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 $500,000.

Term of Contract
Contracts will end on June 30, 2024 or June 30, 2025, 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, 2024 or June 30, 2025 (depending on the grant award’s fiscal year) and all construction work must be completed on or before June 30, 2025 to be eligible for reimbursement.

Contact Information
Online application:

The paper copy of the application package shall be submitted to:
Melissa Cryan
RE: ENV 24 DCS 05
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

To RSVP for pre-application grant workshops, contact Melissa Cryan:

Melissa Cryan phone: (857) 274-7173

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