Better Beaches Program

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 13th 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, 37 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.
  2. If you receive a grant, you must complete a DCR Better Beaches Application before you receive your check.
  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 Reward Ceremony on the Seaport Fish Pier.