Recreational Trails Grants

The Recreational Trails Program provides funding support for a variety of trail protection, construction and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. This national program makes funds available to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Program is authorized and funded through the federal transportation bill.  It is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, government agencies, and municipalities.
Recreational Trails Grants

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants

This competitive grant is available to non-profit rural call or volunteer fire departments that primarily serve a community or city with a population of less than 10,000. The fire department must be made up of at least eighty percent (80%) call or volunteer firefighters and be recognized as a department under state law. Eligible Departments must be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant to qualify.

The State Forester's Office will consider wildland fire projects involving training, prevention and equipment purchases.  Projects may be for firefighter safety, technology transfer and rural fire defense.  Medical and rescue purchases are not eligible.   
Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants

Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forestlands

This program seeks to encourage landowners to practice long-term guardianship through the development of a management plan for their woodlands. Recognizing both the ecological and social values of our forests, the program is designed to improve wildlife habitat and forest aesthetics, to protect soil and water resources, and to increase the potential for high-quality wood products. Grants are awarded to landowners and municipalities for the preparation of 10-year Forest Stewardship management plans. Grants range from $300 to $8,600. (978) 368-0126 x129
Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forestlands

Community Forestry Program

The Community Forest Program (CFP) (a.k.a. – Community Forest and Open Space Program) is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and to provide community benefits. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits: forest-based educational programs; service as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.
Community Forestry Program

Targeted Watersheds Grant

Funding for low-impact development demonstration in the Ipswich River watershed.
Ipswich River Watershed: EPA Targeted Watershed Grant
 

Rivers and Harbors Grant Program

The Division of Waterways may also provide state funding assistance to municipalities to address waterways-related problems that may otherwise be beyond their financial capacity to effectively pursue. These funds require matching funds shared by a non-state source; this is known as the local cost share. The local cost share is a percentage of the entire project including design, permitting, and construction costs. Cost share for projects is a maximum of 75% state & at least 25% local funding for dredging and beach nourishment resulting from dredging. All other projects, including beach nourishment not through a dredging project, the state share shall be a maximum of 50% and the local share will be at least 50%. These funds are derived from capital appropriations of the General Court, the Rivers and Harbors Act, or other funding sources assigned.

Hazard Mitigation Grants

DCR's Flood Hazard Management Program, in coordination with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), offers several grant programs to local government in order to reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters, especially floods, on homeowners and community infrastructure. These programs include pre-disaster grants through the annual Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program, as well as post-disaster grants through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  Further information on these programs can be found at Hazard Mitigation Grants .