The grant program provides funding to communities with a population of 6,000 people or fewer for the preparation of real property appraisals, Open Space & Recreation Plans (OSRPs), other planning in support of land conservation, and/or development of Open Space Residential Design (OSD)/Natural Resources Protection Zoning (NRPZ) bylaws. Funding is non-competitive; all eligible applicants will receive contracts on a rolling basis until all available funding is allocated. Participants must have an executed state contract before commencing work. To receive funding, the town must also submit a complete and eligible application to any of the following DCS grant programs in FY18 LAND, PARC, Drinking Water Supply Protection (DWSP), Landscape Partnership, Land & Water Conservation Fund, or commit to hold an interest in a property that is the subject of an FY18 application to the Conservation Partnership grant submitted by an eligible non-profit, except, towns may receive funding for preparation of an OSRP if they also develop OSD/NRPZ bylaws. The town must submit a complete and eligible FY18 DCS grant application for the property appraised through this grant to receive reimbursement for an appraisal. This grant is a reimbursement program; successful applicants will have to expend their funds on the projects before they are reimbursed under this program. Reimbursement under this grant is not contingent upon the town's application to another DCS grant program being selected for funding.

 Maximum Award Amount:      Appraisal:                            $3,000
                                                   OSRP:                                 $8,000
                                                   OSD/NRPZ development:   $8,000
                                                   Other plans:                         $5,000
Reimbursement Rate: 80%.
Application Deadline:  Rolling acceptance, not later than Friday, April 28, 2017.


Emmanuel Owusu
(617) 626-1187

This information is provided by the Division of Conservation Services.