Collaborate Around a Shared Vision
We really care about improving Boston’s greenways and public parks. If you are a private group, or a public entity with a great idea on how to do that, read the details below. We like to fund organizations or ideas that catalyze projects and that develop the partnerships between the public and government that these ideas need to succeed. And we are not just a funder, we’ll jump in to help get these projects going, and we have a great track record of doing so.
Partnering typically begins with a planning process that brings together government agencies, non-profits organizations, community groups, and potential contributors around an idea and common set of goals. We select projects that we are most likely to be able to advance. We act as a catalyst to inspire and support government action through partnerships. We rigorously test the feasibility of ideas through careful analysis, thoughtful planning, and early design. At times, government agencies take the lead from the beginning, and we support them by advocating for a good outcome. At other times, we will take the lead with our local partners and manage the design process from concept to working drawings. Our government partners almost always take the lead on implementation. Each group brings their unique strengths to the partnership and shares ownership in the final outcome.
We choose projects based on core criteria that revolve around accessibility and feasibility.
We seek partnerships with
- Grassroots community groups
- Neighborhood Associations
- Cities and towns
- Regional and State Government Agencies
- Local and regional nonprofits
We focus our technical assistance and grant making within the Greater Boston region – generally the area bounded by Interstate 128. Within this region we direct our technical assistance and grant making to three categories:
- Preliminary design studies of specific projects that help policy makers understand the benefits and costs of specific initiatives.
- General operating support for a limited number of organizations that provide regional leadership around greenway planning and design.
- Public engagement strategies (pilots, activations, surveys, external assessments, civic gatherings) intended to introduce people to a greenway, to animate public spaces and discourse, and test feasibility.
We seek out projects that:
- Help complete a network of paths and parks
- Can become a shared resource for diverse users and serve dense neighborhoods most in need of open space
- Provide a memorable experience that can attract people to venture outdoors
- Fit within a broader regional vision and plan
- Can obtain the necessary permits
- Provide public value for the time and money spent
- Have the potential for broad political support
- Are likely to be funded for design and construction because potential funding sources have already been identified
- Are maintainable and sustainable
Funding and Partnerships
We consider requests for funding on a rolling basis and do not have deadlines for inquiries.
We focus our work and grant making in dense urban communities the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Within this region, we direct our work and grant making to three categories:
- Preliminary design studies of specific projects to help policy makers understand the benefits and costs of specific initiatives.
- General operating support for organizations that provide regional leadership around greenway planning and design.
- Public engagement and implementation strategies (pop up parks, surveys, external assessments, civic gatherings) intended to introduce people to a greenway, to animate public spaces and discourse, and test feasibility of designs.
Grants to fund preliminary design generally range from $2,500 to $20,000 for each stage of design. Capacity building grants generally range from $2,500 to $10,000. Public engagement and implementation funding generally ranges from $500 to $5,000. Our annual grant making is about $300,000 a year. A list of A Greener Greater Boston’s past grant making can be seen here.
We are eager to hear your innovative ideas for enhancing the beauty, utility, and accessibility of Greater Boston’s greenways – real or imagined. If you have some ideas you’d like to share please contact us. Tell us the what, where, and why of the idea in your own words. Tell us what groups would benefit and how. We will look over all ideas – big or small, rough or polished. We will do our best to get back to you with some feedback within a week. In some cases we may ask for photos or further information that could lead to technical assistance or a grant or both.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the process.
Here’s a list of other sources of funding and technical assistance for greenways in the Greater Boston area.
To learn more about trail funding sources in Massachusett’s here’s a Dec. 2021 webinar that we participated in along with government trail funders from MassTrails, MassDOT, Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Solomon Foundation.
Our work is collaborative by nature with leadership shifting from one partner to the next as projects mature. Our role is to help initiate open space projects with partners, connect stakeholders, and maintain momentum to get results.
Here are just a few of our incredible recent partners: