Other Grant Opportunities
Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA)
The Department is now accepting applications for the 26th competitive grant round of the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA). The Department is also accepting applications from targeted investment communities and distressed municipalities to the the Urban Green and Community Garden Program. Application materials are due for submission to the Department by no later than October 2, 2023. Yellow Book appraisals and appraisal reviews can be submitted by no later than November 2, 2023.
The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space, and to water companies to acquire land to be classified as Class I or Class II water supply property.
Awards are granted to projects that offer the highest conservation and recreational value and that leverage the greatest percentage of private and municipal funding. The Department also accepts applications from distressed municipalities under
Funding for these grants is derived from State Bond funds and/or the Community Investment Act. Grants are based on the merit of the project and the level of funds available. Awards may not be made unless adequate funding is available.