MA Conservation Partnership Grant

Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Grant amount: Up to US $85,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 15, 2020 12:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Goals: The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) protects, conserves, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth. To fulfill this mission, Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary of EEA, makes available funding for the FY 2020 Conservation Partnership Grant Program. This program provides funding to assist non-public, not-for-profit corporations and conservation districts in acquiring and holding interests in lands suitable for conservation or recreation purposes. 

The Conservation Partnership Grant Program is a component of the Baker Administration’s goal of providing outdoor recreational opportunities to every Massachusetts resident. This BID is part of the Administration’s efforts to permanently preserve highly valuable natural resources within the Commonwealth. It is a reimbursement program.


The Conservation Partnership Grant Program can help not-for-profit groups acquire interests in land for conservation or recreation purposes. Potential projects fall into one of two categories:

  • Acquisition of the fee interest in land or a conservation restriction
  • Due diligence for land or a conservation restriction that was donated to you

See further detail on eligible projects in Section 2B

The grant award will not exceed $85,000 for acquisitions and $10,000 for due diligence for gifts. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • This BID is open to qualified IRS 501(c)(3) organizations that have been formed for one of the purposes described in Section 4 of Chapter 180 of the General Laws.
  • An organization must have 501(c)(3) status at the time an application is submitted. 
  • Eligible expense categories:
    • Title search
    • Acquisition (appraised value or negotiated price, whichever is less)
    • Baseline Documentation Report
    • Chapter 21E assessment
    • Survey
    • Legal fees associated with the acquisition
    • Recording fees 
  • Applicants selected to receive grant funding must use funds from non-state sources that total to at least double the grant request (i.e., the project budget must show funds from non-state sources for at least twice the grant amount requested from the Applicant).


  • Projects that allow for multiple recreational opportunities, including hunting, involve lands in BioMap2, that comprise rare ecotypes or habitats, or that are large, abut other protected lands are preferred.
  • Projects that protect a State Priority Preservation Area as shown on the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan, Merrimack Valley Land Use Priority Plan, or the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan, or other regional plan as they become available (if applicable) are also preferred. 


  • Municipalities are not eligible for funding.
  • Ineligible expense categories: Please note that this is not a complete list.
    • Costs associated with preparation and submission of application in response to BID
    • Staff salaries
    • Trail construction
    • Signage
    • Stewardship or monitoring endowments
    • Equipment or goods