Massachusetts Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program

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


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

  • Park
  • Recreation
  • Conservation areas

SCORP update

The National Park Service requires the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan every five years to remain eligible for funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. Since the program was established in 1965, nearly $100,000,000 has been awarded to every county in the state for the acquisition of conservation or park land, development of new parks, or renovation of existing parks.

Three surveys are available – one for land trusts, one for municipal employees, and one for any and all users of open space in Massachusetts. It should take about 15 minutes to complete each survey. It is critical for us to hear back from as many people as possible regarding conservation and recreation use and demand at your properties to guide how future LWCF funding could be spent most effectively in Massachusetts.

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 


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