Continuing to foster important public-private partnerships, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced it is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2019 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. The program, which allocates up to $1.25 million in matching funds, assists in the financing of capital projects proposed by park advocacy groups, civic and community organizations, institutions, businesses, municipal governments, and dedicated individuals with an interest in improving the Commonwealth\u2019s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.\n\n\u201cThe Department of Conservation and Recreation\u2019s Partnership Matching Funds Program serves as an excellent opportunity for the agency to partner with dedicated groups and individuals to enhance our state parks system for people of all abilities to enjoy,\u201d said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. \u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration continues to prioritize public-private partnerships to leverage important funds, which assist in the shared stewardship of our state parks, beaches, forests, reservations, and other facilities.\u201d\n\nRecently, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of $859,824 to twenty-six Massachusetts communities, non-profit organizations, and other entities as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. Previously selected projects have included:\n\nThe design and construction of new playgrounds;\n\tThe clearing of invasive plant species from waterways;\n\tThe installation of interpretive signage;\n\tThe construction of trail and path enhancements; and\n\tThe planting of trees and other landscape improvements.\nDCR\u2019s Partnerships Matching Funds Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match to successful applicants (select projects will be considered for a two-to-one dollar match), and the agency will consider projects that may require more than one year to plan and complete. Importantly, the Partnerships Matching Funds Program has fostered a combined investment by the Commonwealth and public and private partners of more than $10 million throughout the state\u2019s parks system. \n\nConceptual applications are due by Friday, April 13, 2018.\u00a0Project Concept Forms can be completed online and applicants may attach documents to the online application. For additional information please contact Mary Catherine McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org.