Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program

Find details on the PARC Grant Program. Learn what types of projects are eligible, and figure out if your organization is eligible to apply.

You can learn more about projects we support, check your eligibility, and apply today.

Overview

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.

Details

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 the 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

RSVP to Melissa Cryan at (617) 626-1171 or melissa.cryan@mass.gov

Eligible projects

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. 

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