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Massachusetts Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program

Find details on this grant program. Learn what types of projects are eligible, and figure out if your organization is eligible to apply.

FY23 Grant Round Now Closed.


The Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50% of the total project cost for the acquisition, development, and renovation of:

  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Conservation areas

SCORP 2022

The National Park Service requires the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years to remain eligible for funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. Since the program was established in 1965, more than $100,000,000 has been awarded statewide to projects in every county in the state for the acquisition of conservation and park land, development of new parks, or renovation of existing parks. 
As a part of the SCORP update, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is asking for opinions on outdoor recreation and open space from all users of Massachusetts’ outdoor recreational facilities. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.  It is critical for us to hear from as many residents as possible to know how to best distribute LWCF funding over the next five years. 

Any questions should be directed to Melissa Cryan, LWCF Stateside Coordinator, at SCORP.2022@mass.gov. 

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include: 

  • Acquisition of parkland or conservation land
  • Creation of new parks 
  • Renovations to existing parks 
  • Development of trails 

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Municipalities that have an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan 
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Department of Fish and Game 
  •  Massachusetts federally recognized tribes (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head - Aquinnah)

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