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Conservation Assistance for Small Communities Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities
to Protect Land and Natural Resources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Deadline Date:

05/07/21

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities to protect land and natural resources in eligible towns. Funding is intended for property appraisals, plans to promote conservation, and preparation of open space and recreation plans. Eligible applicants are municipalities with populations below 6,000.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) protects, conserves, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth. This program assists municipalities with populations below 6,000 in meeting the eligibility requirements for the EEA grant programs, which provide funding for acquisition of land for conservation and recreation.

Proposals sought for: Financial assistance to small municipalities (6,000 or fewer residents) to produce an Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), or to complete another plan to facilitate land conservation, and/or to prepare an appraisal of land, as required to apply to the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Landscape Partnership, Conservation Partnership, or Drinking Water Supply Protection (DWSP) grant programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142492

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant provides an 80% reimbursement for approved project expenses in the following amounts:
- Appraisal: up to $ 3,000
- OSRP: up to $ 10,000
- Other plans: up to $ 5,000

Term of Contract:

The contract period will begin on the date EEA executes the contract. Contracts issued pursuant to this BID must expend costs associated with the approved project by:
- Appraisal(s): June 30, 2021
- OSRP: June 30, 2021 and/or June 30, 2022
- Other plans: June 30, 2021 and/or June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Conservation commissions of municipalities with a 2019 estimated population of less than 6,000 people.

This Bid is open to Massachusetts municipalities, which must:
1. Have a population, below6,000 people. Population will be determined using the2019 Census estimates provided by the UMass Donahue Institute. A list of eligible communities is attached in Supporting DOcuments below.
2. To be eligible for funding for appraisals or plans, the municipality must apply for one of the following EEA grants during calendar year 2021 (applications are due from July-December): Act and apply through the conservation commission for all projects in support of LAND and Conservation Partnership grants; through the appropriate town entity for projects in support of a PARC grant application: through the board of water commissioners for projects in support of the DWSP grant: and, through the select board or town administrator for projects in support of planning. Applications in support of a Landscape Partnership grant should be filed by the town entity that will be a partner in the Landscape Partnership grant application.
3. Have no unresolved protected open space conversion issues with EEA (see EEA Article 97 Disposition Policy).

In order to be eligible for funding, the applicant municipality must also apply to one of the Division of Conservation Services’ main grant programs in FY 20.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The absolute deadline is Friday, May 7, 2021. Any application
received after the deadline will not be accepted. Early applications are encouraged.

This is a non-competitive grant. Funding is provided on a rolling basis. All available funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding selections are estimated to be announced within two weeks of a municipality’s submission of a complete application, with contract negotiations to begin immediately thereafter.

This is a reimbursement program. Reimbursements will be based upon submitted proof of municipal expenditure, not to exceed 80% of the approved project cost.

Program Information: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-to-the-conservation-assistance-for-small-communities-grant-program

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be emailed to Nathaniel Thomas at nathaniel.thomas1@mass.gov with a hard copy sent in the mail to:
Nathaniel Thomas
ENV 21 DCS 09
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: Call Nathaniel Thomas at (617) 626-1187.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Municipalities that serve less than 6,000 people.

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