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.
Application deadline: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 3 p.m.
In FY16: 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.
PARC Grant Links
- FY16 PARC Grant Application Package
- FY16 PARC Grant Rating System
- PARC FY 16 Application – Fillable
- Reimbursement rates
- FY16 Grant Workshop Presentation file size 2MB
Program Regulations: 301 CMR 5.00
This information provided by the Division of Conservation Services (DCS).
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