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Landscape Partnership Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits & Agencies
to Acquire Land for Conservation & Recreation

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Deadline Date:

09/30/15 3:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofits and State, local, and federal agencies applying as partners to acquire large tracts of land, 500 acres minimum, for conservation, passive recreation, agriculture, forestry, and water supply protection. Applicants can form partnerships for the purchase of undeveloped lands, farms and forests, water supply land, unique ecosystems, rare species and habitats, and restored lands.

Funding is also provided for the development of municipal zoning and planning for the protection of open space and working lands. The grant is particularly intended to enable projects that stretch beyond the scope of existing programs and standard spheres of operation.

Applications may include any combination of the following:

1. Purchase of land in fee simple for open space, forestry, agriculture or water supply;
2. Purchase of a Conservation Restriction (CR);
3. Purchase of an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR);
4. Purchase of a Watershed Preservation Restriction (WPR);
5. Purchase and/or construction of a local park or playground (towns with a population of 6,000 or below);
6. Consultation and technical assistance for development of municipal Open Space Design (OSD) (also called Natural Resources Protection zoning, or NRPZ) bylaws/ordinances, or other conservation planning such as the designation of locally-important agricultural soils.

Each project has unique characteristics that will guide what activities are appropriate. The specific mix of permitted uses is determined by the project partner(s), with the approval of EEA. Uses proposed for project parcels that threaten natural resource, agricultural, or forestry values may be prohibited by EEA. Grant recipients must prepare and submit a Baseline Documentation Report and Land Management Plan for each property in which the specific activities to be permitted and prohibited are defined.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145233

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant award: $2 million.

Term of Contract:

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

Applications will be accepted for projects to be completed in Fiscal Year 2016 and/or 2017.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted jointly by two or more of the following entities, with at least one partner from two of the category types, acting in cooperation:

- 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 ยง4;

- Government agency, including the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) may be a partner solely in the capacity of completing infrastructure projects to restore or increase connectivity to conservation land; DOT is not eligible to receive funding for, or use as match the value of, real property acquisition. 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 in 2010 of 6,000 or below, 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.

- Municipal planning commission, or board of selectmen/city council acting as such, is an eligible partner and may receive contracts under this grant program for development of NRPZ/OSD or other conservation planning only. They may not purchase or hold property interests as a result of this program.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Contact Information:

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

Melissa Cryan

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