Grant round is open

The Our Common Backyards Grant Program is a new grant program aimed at building a new playground or spray park in each of the Commonwealth’s 54 cities. The program will help cities create or renovate parks in the neighborhoods that need them most, preferably Environmental Justice neighborhoods. Each city is eligible to receive up to $200,000 in grant assistance. The application process for this program is streamlined to allow for a quick turnaround of grant awards and construction of as many projects as possible this spring and fall.  Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.

A series of workshops will be held across the state in January to receive more information on the program. Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan at (617) 626-1171 (or email to if you plan to attend.

  • Monday, January 13th at 10 a.m. in Bridgewater
    Bridgewater State College,Maxwell Library, Martha Denison Room
    131 Summer Street (directions)
  • Tuesday, January 14th at 1 p.m. in Amherst
    Department of Agricultural Resources Amherst Office
    101 University Drive, Suite C4 (directions)
  • Wednesday, January 15th at 10 a.m. in Lowell
    United Teen Equality Center Cafe
    34 Hurd Street (directions)
  • Thursday, January 16th at 11 a.m. in Boston
    Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    100 Cambridge Street (directions)
  • Tuesday, January 21st at 10 a.m. in Worcester
    Quinsagmond State Park, Regatta Point Training Room
    10 North Lake Avenue (directions)


This information is provided by the Division of Conservation Services.