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Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program

Find details on the PARC Grant Program. Learn what types of projects are eligible, and figure out if your organization is eligible to apply.

FY25 Grant Round Now Open!

You can learn more about projects we support, check your eligibility, and apply today.


The PARC Program was established to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. These grants can be used by municipalities to acquire parkland, build a new park, or to renovate an existing park.


Maximum grant award amount: $500,000

Reimbursement rate: 52-70%

Application deadlineThursday, July 11, 2024 at 3 p.m.

Grant Workshop Dates:

It is strongly recommended that the Applicant attend the in person “how to” grant workshop on May 6, 2024 at 11:00 am at the DFW Field Headquarters at 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough.  DCS will also host a virtual workshop on May 9, 2024 at 2:00 pm.  Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan if you plan on attending either workshop.  If attending the virtual workshop, she will send you the Teams invitation when you RSVP.

Eligible projects

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.

Applications are open to all municipalities that have submitted an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Acquisition of parkland
  • Development of new parks
  • Improvements to existing parks

The number of residents in your city or town may affect grant award. Please refer to the application and documents provided for more information. 

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