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Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program (ORLPP)

The ORLPP grant program can be used to build parks or other recreation resources. Learn about the grant details and find out if you have an eligible project.


This grant program helps connect people in urban areas to outdoor spaces, such as parks and playgrounds. It funds projects in areas that don’t have many recreational resources.


This solicitation will be used to determine which projects Massachusetts submits to compete in the national competition.  Note that while there is no maximum number of applications Massachusetts is permitted to submit for competition, this BID process is being used to determine if a project is complete and satisfies eligibility requirements and the Commonwealth’s Open Project Selection Process and is consistent with outdoor recreation priorities outlined in the Massachusetts’ SCORP.

Maximum grant request: $5,000,000

Minimum grant request: $300,000

Reimbursement rate: up to 50%

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm


The project must be located within or serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or more people and designated as an “Urbanized Area” by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census.  The community must also have an Open Space and Recreation Plan on file with DCS by the submission deadline. 

Your project will be considered if it includes buying parkland, renovating an existing park, or building a new park. 

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