The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is a grassroots organization of volunteer Friends networking for greater advocacy, better protection and enhancement of Massachusetts’ forests, parks, beaches and trails. The Friends Network facilitates communication between Friends groups, all volunteers to state parklands and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Parklands thrive under the special care that Friends groups provide.

Attention Friends Groups!

Matching Funds AVAILABLE from DCR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2021
CONTACT​ Olivia Dorrance Olivia.K.Dorrance@mass.gov
617-626-4967
DCR Accepting Applications for Partnership Matching Funds Program Chosen projects to benefit local state parks and other facilities
BOSTON — Building on its commitment to steward state lands through the creation and nurturing of public-private partnerships, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced it is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2022 Partnership Matching Funds Program. The program assists in the financing of capital projects throughout the state parks system that are proposed by civic and community organizations, park advocacy groups, businesses, institutions, municipal governments, and dedicated individuals with an interest in enhancing the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
“Through the Partnership Matching Funds Program, DCR is able to work with dedicated groups, organizations, and individuals in an effort to bring valuable enhancements to the Massachusetts state parks system,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “Public-private partnerships continue to be an important tool employed by the Baker-Polito Administration to leverage key funds to accomplish shared goals that directly benefit the public.”
In March 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $960,305 to 34 Massachusetts municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other entities as part of the Fiscal Year Partnership Matching Funds Program. Previously selected projects have included:
· The treatment of aquatic invasive species in various state properties;
· The implementation of a tree management and care program along the Charles River Esplanade in the City of Boston;
· A topographic and archaeological survey of Brook Farm Historic Site in West Roxbury;
· Painting of murals on utility boxes on Wollaston Beach in Quincy; and,
· The refurbishment of the historic Kearsarge Memorial at Marine Park in South Boston
DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match to successful applicants; select projects will be considered for a two-to-one dollar match. Since the Baker-Polito Administration came into office, nearly $9 million has been invested to improve the Massachusetts state parks system through the Partnership Matching Funds Program.
Only improvements to DCR properties will be considered. Successful Project Concept submissions will be asked to submit a formal application that is thoroughly reviewed by agency staff and approved by the DCR Commissioner. Once selected, work can begin when the partner donation is received and matched by DCR. All projects are managed by the DCR in close consultation with contributing partners and other stakeholders. Project Concept Forms can be found online and are due by Friday, April 30, 2021.

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