Park_OSLADESSEX – State Senator Patrick Joyce is encouraging communities with economic challenges in the 40th District to apply for assistance through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program. The program, which usually requires matching funds for projects, now offers complete assistance for distressed communities.

“These grants are direct investments in improving the lives of local residents,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “These funds could help attract more visitors, and in turn spur economic growth.”

The FY 23 budget allocated $56 million for OSLAD, the largest single investment in the program’s history, allowing the Department of Natural Resources to assist more communities than ever before. OSLAD requires grantees to provide matching funds for development projects, however with this investment the program is offering complete funding for economically disadvantaged communities.

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2022 and should be submitted to IDNR. For more information on the OSLAD program, visit IDNR’s website.

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