Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program

Learn about the details of the LAND grant program and the types of projects it supports. Find out if your municipality is eligible to apply for the grant.


The LAND Grant Program helps cities and towns acquire land for conservation and passive recreation purposes. The grants reimburse cities and towns for the acquisition of land in fee or for a conservation restriction.


The grant supports the purchase of:

  • Forests
  • Fields
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Unique natural, cultural, or historic resources
  • Some farmland

The general public must have reasonable access to the land.


Maximum grant award amount: $400,000

Reimbursement rate: 52-70%

Application deadline: Thursday July 11, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Grant Workshop Dates:

  • May 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Springfield at Carriage House at Forest Park, 200 Trafton Road
  • May 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Boston at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor conference room A


Eligible projects include the:

  • Purchase of land in fee simple
  • Purchase of a Conservation Restriction

Ineligible projects are listed in the grant BID document.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Municipal conservation and agricultural commissions from communities with an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan

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