Better Beaches Program

Calendar of Events

June 1: Southie Family Fun Day @ Carson with the South Boston MOMS Club
June 29: Kids Festival @ Wollaston with the Friends of Wollaston Beach

July 17: Family Fun Night @ Carson with the
South Boston Neighborhood House
July 20: Marine and Maritime Festival @ Constitution with The Harborkeepers
July 26: 27 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival @ Revere Beach with the Revere Beach
July 26: Life’s A Beach Festival with Andres Amador @ Constitution Beach with the East Boston YMCA
July 27: Family Fun Day @ Yirrel Beach with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce
July 27: Harbor Illumination @ Nantasket with the Hull Life Saving Museum
July 28: Art on the Shore with Andres Amador @ Nantasket
July 31: Family Fun Night @ Carson with the South Boston Neighborhood House

August 1: Dorchester Beach Festival @ Savin Hill/Malibu with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and BCYF Leahy/Holloran
August 2: Youth Beach Bash and Splash Carson
August 3: Tenean Beach Day @ Tenean Beach with the Port Norfolk Civic Association
August 10: BeachAbility @ Constitution Beach with Triangle, Inc.
August 14: OlliePalooza @ Moakley Park with the South Boston Neighborhood House
August 18: Rock the Boat with Harborside Harmonies @ Marina Bay/Squantum Point

September 14: Endless Summer @ Nantasket with the Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program supports free events and activities on the region’s public beaches. In 2018, our Better Beaches Program made matching grants to 36 organizations in nine beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods from Nahant to Nantasket. In turn, these groups leveraged our funds to support 163 free  events and programs that brought over one million people to our region’s public beaches in 2018.

This year, funds to support the program include the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which was held on Sunday, March 10th at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston.  We are also pleased to report that this year, with the support of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Baker-Polito Administration, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Commonwealth will support the Better Beaches Program as well. As a result, this year we will be investing over $200,000 to support free beach events and programs in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

During the summer, 36 organizations in 9 beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods will leverage these funds to support nearly 150 free concerts, fitness boot-camps, beach festivals, sand raking demonstrations and sand sculpting competitions. With  the  support  of  The  Boston  Circus  Guild,  this  year’s  line-up  also  includes  10  free  Life’s  A  Beach  Festivals,  featuring  trapeze  artists,  acrobats  and  jugglers,  as  well  Save  the  Harbors  troupe  of  costumed  storytellers,  performing  pirates,  a  community  art  project  by  environmental  artist  Robin  Reed,  and  mandalas  in  the  sand  by  intertidal  artist  Andres  Amador.

All of these great events have one thing in common: They bring people together to strengthen their communities and enjoy the 19 miles of public swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay and Broad Sound.

Applying for a Better Beaches Grant


To be considered for a grant you must:

  1. Complete and submit a Better Beaches Grant Application. You do not need to be a 501(c)3 non-profit to apply.
  2. If you receive a grant, you must complete a the relevant DCR permit application and attend the Awards Breakfast in early June at our offices on Boston’s Fish Pier.
  3. After you receive your grant, you will be required to display a Better Beaches Program banner, which we will provide, acknowledging Save the Harbor’s support at your event.
  4. We must receive a thank-you letter acknowledging your grant and a simple closeout report after your event, including copies of event materials, photographs and news clips.

04/22/2019:  Submit the Better Beaches Grant Application.

05/24/2019: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Grants Committee will review proposals and notify recipients.

06/08/2019: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will award recipients their grants at a mandatory awards breakfast on the Boston’s Fish Pier.