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Conservation Assistance for Small Communities Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities
for Conservation Efforts in Eligible Cities

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

Deadline Date:

05/08/20 - Rolling acceptance, not later than 5/8/2020


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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities for land conservation efforts in eligible cities. Funding is intended to conserve open space and natural resources, expand opportunities for outdoor recreation, and address the effects of climate change. 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 requirements for eligibility for the EEA grant programs, which provide funding for acquisition of land for conservation and recreation. Funding will be provided to all eligible municipalities on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. This isn't a competitive grant program; if your community is eligible, it will be able to receive funding until all funds are allocated.

The Conservation Assistance for Small Communities Grant Program provides funding for towns with 6,000 people or less for:

  • The preparation of real property appraisals
  • Open Space & Recreation Plans (OSRPs)
  • Other planning in support of land conservation

For more about project types, see:

Participants must have an executed state contract before commencing work.

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, 2020
- OSRP: June 30, 2020 and/or June 30, 2021
- Other plans: June 30, 2020 and/or June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This BID is open to Massachusetts municipalities, which must:
1. Have a population below 6,000 people. Population will be determined using the 2010 Census data available at A list of eligible communities is available as a separate attachment.
2. 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 at:

Conservation commissions of municipalities with a 2010 population of less than 6,000 people. For a list of eligible communities, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The absolute deadline is Friday May 8, 2020. Early applications are encouraged.

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.

Submit Applications to:
Nathaniel Thomas
RE: ENV 20 DCS 07 – Small Communities
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-626-1187


Grant Coverage Areas:

For a list of towns with 2010 population of 6,000 or below, see Supporting Documents below.

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Geographic Focus:

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

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