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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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Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

Boston —  

In an effort to foster public-private partnerships, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced it is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2021 Partnership Matching Funds Program. The program assists in the financing of capital projects throughout the state parks system that are 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 enables the agency to work with incredibly passionate and dedicated groups, organizations, and individuals in an effort to greatly enhance the Commonwealth’s state parks system,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “Public-private partnerships, such as the Partnership Matching Funds Program, continues to be an invaluable tool utilized by the Baker-Polito Administration to leverage important funds to accomplish shared goals that directly benefit the public.”

In January 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $876,021 to 29 Massachusetts municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other entities as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Partnership Matching Funds Program. Previously selected projects have included:

  • The treatment of aquatic invasive species in various state parks; The design and installation of interpretive signage at Halibut Point State Park in the Town of Rockport;
  • The implementation of a tree management and care program along the Charles River Esplanade in the City of Boston;
  • The assessment of the ruins of a castle in the City of Methuen; 
  • The continued restoration of historic lamp posts along Revere Beach State Reservation in the City of Revere; and,
  • The replacement of a plaque commemorating the military service of a Korean War veteran at Moynihan Park in the City of Boston.

DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match to successful applicants; select projects will be considered for a two-to-one dollar match. Since the Baker-Polito Administration came into office, nearly $8 million has been invested to improve the Massachusetts state parks system through the Partnership Matching Funds Program. 

Only improvements to DCR properties will be considered. Successful Project Concept submissions will be asked to submit a formal application that is thoroughly reviewed by agency staff and approved by the DCR Commissioner. Once selected, work can begin when the partner donation is received and matched by the Department. All projects are managed by the DCR in close consultation with contributing partners and other stakeholders. Project Concept Forms can be found online and are due by Friday, July 10, 2020. For additional information please contact Jennifer Norwood at


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