FY24 Grant Round Now Open
You can learn more about projects we support, check your eligibility, and apply today.
The PARC Program was established to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. These grants can be used by municipalities to acquire parkland, build a new park, or to renovate an existing park.
Maximum grant award amount: $500,000
Reimbursement rate: 52-70%
Application deadline: Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Grant Workshop Dates:
It is strongly recommended that the Applicant attend the in person “how to” grant workshop on May 4, 2023 at 11:00 am at the DFW Field Headquarters in Westborough. DCS will also host a virtual workshop on May 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm. Please RSVP to Melissa Cryan if you plan on attending either workshop. If attending the virtual workshop, she will send you the Teams invitation when you RSVP.
Any town with a population of 35,000 or more year-round residents, or any city regardless of size, that has an authorized park /recreation commission is eligible to participate in the program. Communities that do not meet the population criteria listed above may still qualify under the "small town," "regional," or "statewide" project provisions of the program.
Applications are open to all municipalities that have submitted an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan.
Eligible projects include:
- Acquisition of parkland
- Development of new parks
- Improvements to existing parks
The number of residents in your city or town may affect grant award. Please refer to the application and documents provided for more information.