Grants and Sample Applications

Economic Development Administration Grants

eda imageThe Economic Development Administration offers a wide variety of  economic development related grants our communities can utilize.  We post grant opportunities that EDA offers on the newsfeed.

Below please find a sample of a grant the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission obtained for through EDA’s Partnership Planning Assistance Program.  This grant allowed the MVPC to complete a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (or an Economic Development Plan) for the 15 communities within the Merrimack Valley Economic Development District.  It allows for support to planning organizations for the development, implementation, revision or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies [CEDS].
2015 Annual Planning Partnership Grant Cover Letter

2015 Annual Planning Partnership Grant Scope of Work

2015 Annual Planning Partnership Grant Performance Measures

MA Downtown Initiative Program

Since 2009, DHCD has offered a range of services and technical assistance through to revitalize downtowns through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI). The mission of the MDI is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Essential, successful program elements include:

  • Executing an effective approach to downtown revitalization must be a holistic one;
  • Revitalization must address economic and community development needs; and
  • The community should provide a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous.

It is important to note the technical assistance program is offered to non-CDBG Entitlement communities ONLY.

Below is the link a successful MDI grant application from North Reading, but DHCD’s website has a list of successful grantees over the past decade.

Town of North Reading 2015 Successful MDI Grant Application [Narrative]

Community Forest Stewardship Implementation Grants

The Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program is now offering Community Forest Stewardship Implementation Grants. These are 50-50 matching reimbursement grants offered to municipalities that have town forest or water supply land currently enrolled in the Forest Stewardship Program.

The purpose of these grants is to aid communities in putting forest stewardship into practice and to help connect the local citizens to their forest and the benefits these forests provide—including a local source of wood products, clean water, biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

NAMassDCRCommunityForestStewardshipGrantApplication 1


Town of North Andover Osgood Hill approved Forestry Stewardship Grant

City of Northampton’s Final Report

Community Forestry Stewardship Implementation Grant Application for FY2017



Massachusetts Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Program

The LAND Program was established in 1961 to assist municipalities in acquiring land for natural resource protection and passive outdoor recreation. The grant provides funding for the acquisition of land or a conservation restriction, as well as for limited, related acquisition costs. Program funding will support acquisition of forests, fields, wetlands, wildlife habitat, unique natural, historic or cultural resources, and some farmland. Access by the general public is required. Appropriate passive outdoor recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and bird watching are encouraged.

FY 2016 LAND and PARC Grant Workshop Presentation

Cargill Self-Help Grant Application 1


Town of Boxford Cargill Hill Self-Help Grant Application from 2007 
(Please note: there is a new application form, but is useful for content purposes]




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