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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.

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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: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Please note that due to COVID-19, both information sessions listed in the BID document are now being offered online only via webinar.  RSVP to Melissa Cryan at melissa.cryan@mass.gov for one of the two dates below and she will provide you with the webinar login information.

Grant Workshop Dates:

  • April 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
  • May 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm

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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