PARC Grants

The PARC Program (formerly the Urban Self-Help Program) was established in 1977 to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. Any town with a population of 35,000 or more year-round residents, or any city regardless of size, that has an authorized park /recreation commission is eligible to participate in the program. Communities that do not meet the population criteria listed above may still qualify under the "small town," "regional," or "statewide" project provisions of the program.

Only projects that are to be developed for suitable outdoor recreation purposes, whether active or passive in nature, shall be considered for funding. Grants are available for the acquisition of land and the construction, or renovation of park and outdoor recreation facilities. Access by the general public is required.

In FY18: Small Town grants to be funded through a separate pool of funding. $250,000 to be held aside for grants in communities applying in the Small Town category.


For more information, RSVP to Melissa Cryan for one of our grant workshops:

  • May 17, 2017 at 11:00 am in Amherst at 101 University Drive, Suite C4
  • May 18, 2017 at 11:00 am in Boston at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor conference room A

PARC Grant Links

Program Regulations: 301 CMR 5.00  pdf format of 301 CMR 5.00


Melissa Cryan
(617) 626-1171

This information provided by the Division of Conservation Services (DCS).