Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
05/10/21 3:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies to acquire and protect large blocks of land for conservation purposes. Funding may be used for the purchase of a conservation restriction, the purchase of an agricultural preservation restriction, the purchase of a watershed preservation restriction, the construction of a park or playground, or the purchase of land in fee simple for conservation, forestry, agricultural, or water supply purposes.
Proposals Sought For: Acquisition of property interests in large, unique, unfragmented conservation and working lands, in single or multiple parcels, by two or more entities acting in cooperation.
Overview and Goals: In furtherance of the Baker Administration’s environmental, economic, and climate change resiliency goals, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) protects, conserves, and restores the biodiversity and natural resources of the Commonwealth. To fulfill this mission, Kathleen A. Theoharides, Secretary of EEA, is making available funding for the FY 2021 Landscape Partnership Grant Program.
This program advances the large-scale connectivity of conservation lands that is necessary to sustain the integrity and resilience of ecosystems and the viability of local farm and forest economies. Its purpose is to facilitate complex large-acreage projects, increase the leveraging of state financial investments, expand partnerships among federal, state, municipal, and non-profit entities, enhance the stewardship of conservation land, and expand public outdoor recreational opportunities. The program provides funding to assist municipal, state, federal, and non-profit partners, acting in cooperation, in acquiring interests in lands suitable for conservation purposes, including undeveloped lands, farms and forests, water supply lands, unique ecosystems, rare species habitats, and restored lands. The grant is particularly intended to enable projects that stretch beyond the scope of other state land grant programs and standard spheres of operation. The FY 21 Landscape Partnership Grant Program also supports the Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which calls for state government to adapt to climate change and build a more resilient Commonwealth, by including resiliency criteria in its rating system and incorporating priority projects from EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program.
Eligible Projects: Purchase of interests in a minimum of 500 acres of land through fee simple acquisition, conservation restriction (CR), agricultural preservation restriction (APR), watershed preservation restriction (WPR). At least 500 acres of the project’s parcels must be contiguous, or directly linked by other permanently protected land. See further detail on eligible projects in section 2B. In conjunction with an acquisition of 500 or more acres, limited funding is also available to small municipalities with population of 6,000 or less for the development of a local park or playground or for partners to develop forest carbon credit projects to support forest conservation.
For further information on eligible projects, see the following link: https://www.mass.gov/doc/grant-summary/download#page=3
GrantWatch ID#: 145233
Maximum Award: $1,250,000
The contract period will begin on the date of contract execution or a specified later date. Contracts issued pursuant to this BID must expend 100% of costs associated with the approved project on or before the end of the fiscal year (June 30) for which the contract is awarded.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit one electronic copy of the application via email or file hosting service to:
AND mail one original copy of the application to:
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Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
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