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Grants to Massachusetts Agencies and Nonprofits to Develop
and Maintain Outdoor Paths for Sports and Leisure Activities

MassTrails Spring Procurement Grant

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Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) - MassTrails

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05/16/22 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and communities for programs and capital projects that encourage outdoor activities for local residents and tourists. Funding is intended to develop, design, construct, and maintain recreational trails and pathways. Projects must take place on publically accessible land. For this round, MassTrails is seeking to fund shared-use path projects that will fill critical gaps in the statewide trails network.

Apply to receive grant funds for project development, design, engineering, permitting, construction, and maintenance of shared-use pathways. Eligible project activities can include: 

  • Trail planning, design, engineering, and permitting;
  • Construction of new trails;
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails;
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead amenities;
  • Purchase and lease of trail-related construction and maintenance equipment;
  • Acquisition (in limited cases) of easements and fee interest in property for trail corridors.

Types of trails can include shared-use pathways (e.g., Charles River Pathway, Mystic River Greenway); rail trails (e.g., Mass Central Rail Trail, Norwottuck Rail Trail, Clipper City Rail Trail); natural surface trail systems (e.g., Appalachian Trail, Worcester East-West Trail, Stone Farm Trail System in Brockton); community/accessible trails with various surfaces (e.g., Riverwalk in Great Barrington, Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail, New Bedford Harborwalk); water trails (e.g., Connecticut River Paddlers Trail, Assebet River Trail); and off-road motorized trails (e;.g., accommodate ATV’s, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles).

For information about Grant Criteria and Preferred Specifications, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164571

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

The effective start date of a contract (grant award) shall be the latest of the following dates: the date the Standard Contract Form has been executed by an authorized signatory of the contractor and the procuring department; the date of secretariat or other approval(s) required by law or regulation; or a later date specified in the Standard Contract Form. The earliest start date for a MassTrails grant project will generally be on or after July 1.

Most project development and design projects will have one year to complete all spending and match under the grant, with funding available within the state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30 of the following year). Trail construction and maintenance projects may be permitted a longer timeframe of up to two years, dependent on the scope and specifications of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include municipalities, state or federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Two or more entities can apply jointly, with one acting as the fiscal agent.

Sidewalks and/or road improvements are not eligible as trail projects under this program.

Ineligible project costs include, but are not limited to, costs associated with the preparation and submission of a grant application, administrative supplies/equipment and the purchase of food.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2022 MassTrails Spring Procurement Grant Round will be open until the deadline of Monday, May 16, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

Notification to applicants on the status of their grant application is expected to be on or about 150 days after the grant application deadline. All applicants will be notified by email and informed of the status of their proposed project (approved or not).

MassTrails grants are reimbursable, meaning grantees must first pay for expenditures themselves and then submit for reimbursement using the required documentation.

MassTrails grants are matching grants and require that proponents provide a minimum of 20% of the total project cost. Projects with higher match commitments will be given greater consideration.

Eligible projects require documented landowner permission and community support.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that any necessary permits (e.g. Natural Heritage, Mass Historic, Wetlands Protection Act) are in place prior to beginning any work on the project.

Application information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Amanda Lewis, MassTrails Program Manager
Department of Conservation and Recreation
136 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060

Libby Knott
MassTrails Grants Coordinator, Department of Conservation and Recreation

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