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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
to Acquire Land for Conservation Purposes

Landscape Partnership Grant

Agency Type:

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Conf. Date:

03/02/22

Deadline Date:

05/02/22 3:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies to acquire large areas of land for conservation purposes. Funding may be used for the purchase of a conservation restriction, the purchase of an agricultural preservation restriction, the purchase of a watershed preservation restriction, the construction of a park or playground, or the purchase of land in fee simple for conservation, forestry, agricultural, or water supply purposes.

Proposals Sought For: Acquisition of property interests in large, unique, unfragmented conservation and working lands, in single or multiple parcels, by two or more entities acting in cooperation. 

The Landscape Partnership Grant Program advances the large-scale connectivity of conservation lands that is necessary to sustain the integrity and resilience of ecosystems and the viability of local farm and forest economies. Its purpose is to facilitate complex large-acreage projects, increase the leveraging of state financial investments, expand partnerships among federal, state, municipal, and non-profit entities, enhance the stewardship of conservation land, and expand public outdoor recreational opportunities. The program provides funding to assist municipal, state, federal, and non-profit partners, acting in cooperation, in acquiring interests in lands suitable for conservation purposes, including undeveloped lands, farms and forests, water supply lands, unique ecosystems, rare species habitats, and restored lands. The grant is particularly intended to enable projects that stretch beyond the scope of other state land grant programs and standard spheres of operation. The FY 22 Landscape Partnership Grant Program also supports the 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 rating system and incorporating priority projects from EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program.

Eligible Projects: Purchase of interests in a minimum of 500 acres of land through fee simple acquisition, conservation restriction (CR), agricultural preservation restriction (APR), watershed preservation restriction (WPR). At least 500 acres of the project’s parcels must be contiguous, or directly linked by other permanently protected land. See further detail on eligible projects in section 2B of the BID document in Supporting Documents below. In conjunction with an acquisition of 500 or more acres, limited funding is also available to small municipalities with population of 6,000 or less for the development of a local park or playground or for partners to develop forest carbon credit projects to support forest conservation.

For further information on eligible projects, see the following link: https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy22-landscape-partnership-bid-document/download#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145233

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Award: $1,250,000

Term of Contract:

The contract period will begin on the date of contract execution or a specified later date. Contracts issued pursuant to this bid must expend 100% of costs associated with the approved project on or before the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applications must include at least two eligible project partners, representing at least two of the following eligible applicant categories:
- Municipality, acting through its Conservation Commission, or department of public works;
- Nonprofit, non-municipal public water supplier or fire district;
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed for one of the purposes described in M.G.L. c. 180 §4;
- Government agency, including the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Federal agencies within the US Department of the Interior (USDOI) or US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are eligible partners but may not receive reimbursement funding through this program.
- Municipal Park and Recreation Department or Board of Selectmen acting as such, in towns with a resident population of 6,000 or below in 2020 census, are eligible to receive contracts under this grant program for the development of a local park or playground only. Only municipalities in which project parcels are located are eligible to receive funding for parks or playgrounds.

The two primary project partners must have a significant involvement in the project, involving financial contributions, retention of property interests, and/or long-term stewardship commitments.

For ineligible project costs, see the following link: https://www.mass.gov/doc/fy22-landscape-partnership-bid-document/download#page=11

Pre-proposal Conference:

One online information session will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 through webinar. Please email Vanessa Farny to register by Monday, February 28, 2022. A link to the webinar will be sent to all registered applicants. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this information session.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received in one hard copy and one electronic copy by 3:00 pm, Monday, May 2, 2022.

Applicants are required to use the online application form and upload tool.

Awards for land acquisitions will be announced as soon as is feasible after the grant application deadline, with contract negotiations to begin immediately thereafter, approximately 120 days after grant deadline.

If your project is selected, additional documentation is needed to complete the grant process. This documentation is listed in the application packet. Municipalities will also need to vote to appropriate the necessary funds.

Reimbursement rate: up to 50% of total eligible project costs, including reimbursable expenses and match in a given year.

Applicants selected to receive grant funding must document the use of funds from other sources comprising at least 50% of total project costs.

Multiple applications will be accepted from the same entity. Projects including the municipality/municipalities in which the project is located as partners are especially encouraged.

How to Apply: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-landscape-partnership-grant

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/landscape-partnership-grant-program-application-form-fy2022

AND mail one original to the address below:

Vanessa Farny
RE: ENV 22 DCS 12
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge St. – Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

vanessa.farny@mass.gov
(857) 330-1978

Funding or Pin Number:

RFR ENV 22 DCS 12

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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