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to Protect Land and Natural Resources

Conservation Assistance for Small Communities Grant

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

Deadline Date:

05/06/22 Receipt

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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 the creation or updating 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

This program is a component of the Baker Administration’s goal of enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities, conserving natural resources and open space, and addressing climate change. It is part of a longstanding tradition of protecting the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage for generations to come.

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

Eligible projects include:

  • An appraisal of the value of the fee simple interest or a conservation restriction (CR)
  • Preparation of an Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)
  • Other planning to facilitate conservation projects
  • A combination of these

For more information on eligible projects, see https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-22-small-communities-grant-bid-document/download#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142492

Number of Grants:

This BID will result in multiple contracts.

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 $12,500
- Other plans: up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Contracts issued pursuant to this BID must expend costs associated with the approved project by:
- Appraisals: June 30, 2022
- OSRP: June 30, 2022 and/or June 30, 2023
- Other plans: June 30, 2022 and/orJune 30, 2023

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 2020 Census data. For a list of eligible applicant communities, see https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-22-small-communities-grant-bid-document/download#page=14.
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 or 2022 (applications that are due from October 2021-July 2022): Act and apply through the conservation commission for all projects in support of LAND and Conservation Partnership grants; through the appropriate town entity for projectsin support of an LWCF or 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.

In order to be eligible for funding, the applicant municipality must apply to one of the Division of Conservation Services’ main grant programs. For details, see https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy-22-small-communities-grant-bid-document/download#page=2.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines and Procurement Calendar:
- Release of Bid: October 26, 2021
- Application Deadline: Rolling basis, no later than Friday, May 6, 2022. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged, especially for Applicants seeking funding for an OSRP. Any application received after the deadline will not be accepted.
- Estimated Award Date: 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.
- Estimated Contract Start Date: Rolling.

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all allocated funds have been awarded. This isn't a competitive grant program; if your community is eligible, it will be able to receive funding until all funds are allocated.

A municipality may seek funding for one or more projects.

This is a reimbursement program. Reimbursements will be based upon submitted proof of municipal expenditure,

Conservation Assistance for Small Communities Grant Program: 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.

Online Application Form: https://www.mass.gov/forms/conservation-assistance-for-small-communities-grant-program-application-form-fy-2022

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

Funding or Pin Number:

BID: # BD-22-1042-ENV-ENV01-67889

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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

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