Subject to 815 CMR 2.00, the Conservation Partnership Program assists non-public, not-for-profit corporations in acquiring interests in lands suitable for conservation or recreation purposes.

The Conservation Partnership grants provide funding to assist non-public, not-for-profit corporations in acquiring interests in lands suitable for conservation or recreation purposes. Potential projects fall into one of two categories:

  1. Land or a conservation restriction (CR) purchased by an eligible Applicant
  2. Due diligence for land or a conservation restriction gift donated to an eligible Applicant

The Act requires that all selected Applicants convey an appropriate perpetual conservation restriction, within the meaning of sections 31 and 32 of Chapter 184 of the General Laws, to either the city or town in which the selected project is located, to be managed by either its conservation or recreation commission, or a state agency, or both. The Act also requires that all projects provide appropriate public access, as determined by the Secretary.

NOTE : For projects involving a conservation restriction gift donated to the Applicant or the purchase of a conservation restriction by the Applicant, an undivided one-half joint interest in the conservation restriction must be conveyed to the city or town in which the project is located, or a state agency, to fulfill the grant requirements of Chapter 236 of the Acts of 2002. EEA strongly encourages Applicants to fulfill this requirement as part of the original conservation restriction transaction.

Eligible Applicants:

Applications for these grants will be accepted from qualified IRS 501(c)(3) organizations that have been formed for one of the purposes described in Section 4 of Chapter 180 of the General Laws. An organization must have 501(c)(3) status at the time an application is submitted. Municipalities are not eligible for funding.

The Conservation Partnership program is available only during specific times of year, and funds are available only through an open process which includes a qualified response to a Request for Responses (RFR). Check back to this site often for information on the availability of funds each fiscal year.

Contact:

Melissa Cryan
617-626-1171
melissa.cryan@state.ma.us

 


This information is provided by the Division of Conservation Services.