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Press Release DCR Accepting Applications for Partnership Matching Funds Program

Chosen projects to benefit local state parks and other facilities
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  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for DCR Accepting Applications for Partnership Matching Funds Program

Troy Wall, Press Secretary

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BOSTONContinuing 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’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s 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,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The 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.”

Recently, 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:

  • The design and construction of new playgrounds;
  • The clearing of invasive plant species from waterways;
  • The installation of interpretive signage;
  • The construction of trail and path enhancements; and
  • The planting of trees and other landscape improvements.

DCR’s 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’s parks system.

Conceptual applications are due by Friday, April 13, 2018. Project Concept Forms can be completed online and applicants may attach documents to the online application. For additional information please contact Mary Catherine McLean at


Media Contact for DCR Accepting Applications for Partnership Matching Funds Program

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.