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Grant & Funding Opportunities

View below for the most recent grant and funding opportunities for municipalities, buisnesses, and non-profit entities. We are continuously updating this webpage with opportunities. If you are looking for assistance on how to fund, implement, and execute a project or initiative, contact CMRPC and brainstorm with us.

District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA)

The Massachusetts Legislature and the Governor has provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program for Calendar Year 2024. Since 2006, this program has enabled CMRPC to provide technical assistance to member communities on eligible projects.

This year CMRPC expects to receive approximately $265,000 to support our communities. DLTA grants allow municipalities to work with CMRPC on a range of projects, including but not limited to: Planning Ahead for Housing; Planning Ahead for Growth; and Technical Assistance to Support Community Cabinet Activities including Regionalization; and Supporting the Housing Choice Initiative.

CMRPC is accepting project concepts for the 2024 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program. This is an opportunity for you to work with CMRPC on local programs and planning initiatives.

Apply by Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. for your project to receive second-round consideration

District Local Technical Assistance Augmentation (DLTA-A) Funds

The Massachusetts Legislature and the Governor has provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance Augmentation (DLTA-A) Funds Program for Calendar Year 2024. These funds can be utilized for searching and applying for Federal grants. CMRPC is able to collaborate with municipalities that may have an interest in applying to Federal grant programs.

Local Funding Opportunities

City of Worcester: Cultural Organization Grants

City of Worcester: Cultural Organization Grants: (due Mar. 19, 2024): The City of Worcester’s Cultural Organization Grants program “provides grants to arts/cultural non-profit organizations that were negatively harmed by the pandemic. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of eligible applications received. Total funding is $2.95 million.” To be eligible to apply, organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit arts and/or cultural organization based in the City of Worcester. For more information, contact Ethan Melad at emelad@cmrpc.org

State Funding Opportunities

Mass Broadband Institute’s Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program

Mass Broadband Institute’s Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program (April 12 deadline to enroll and receive priority in implementation funding): This program enables municipalities to engage in planning activities related to digital equity and bridging the digital divide. Digital equity includes things such as access to devices, digital literacy, lack of service providers, or insufficient internet speeds. Contact Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org

Housing Choice Designation

Housing Choice Designation (anticipated late winter 2024): Rewards municipalities for housing production and adoption of housing best practices. Designated communities get exclusive access to a Housing Choice Capital Grant program under the Community One Stop for Growth and preferential treatment for other state grant and capital funding programs. The Housing Choice Designation lasts 5 years. Contact Emily Glaubitz at eglaubitz@cmrpc.org for more information.  

604(b) Grant Program: Water Quality Management Planning Grant

604(b) Grant Program: Water Quality Management Planning Grant (anticipated March-April 2024): This competitive grant program funds watershed or sub-watershed-based nonpoint source assessment and planning projects. Regional projects are encouraged. To learn more contact Sarah Plutnicki at splutnicki@cmrpc.org

Community Compact Municipal Fiber Grant Program

Community Compact Municipal Fiber Grant Program (due Apr. 12, 2024) Helps municipalities improve their municipal fiber networks to connect municipal facilities, enhance cybersecurity, handle complex IT infrastructure, enable remote collaboration for employees, provide adequate internet bandwidth, and centralize IT management. For more information, please contact Connor Robichaud at crobichaud@cmrpc.org.  

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program (anticipated May 2024): Funding to address climate change impacts resulting from extreme weather, sea level rise, inland and coastal flooding and extreme heat, et al. Applicants must have completed the Community Resilience Building (CRB) process (or another EEA-certified process) and “MVP Community” designation via the MVP 1.0 planning process. There is a 25% cash or in-kind match requirement. Please contact Sarah Plutnicki at splutnicki@cmrpc.org for more information.   

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) 2.0 Grant Program

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) 2.0 Grant Program (anticipated May 2024): Additional support to build resilience to climate change. Builds on MVP 1.0 to support communities with new processes, tools, and resources. The planning process will revisit MVP 1.0 priorities with enhanced involvement of the wider community to carry out equitable climate resilience work. It includes guaranteed funding to implement a seed project. No match requirement, joint municipal applications encouraged. Contact Sarah Plutnicki at splutnicki@cmrpc.org for more information.  

EEA Planning Assistance Grants

EEA Planning Assistance Grants (anticipated May 2024): Support efforts to plan, zone, develop, and conserve land in ways consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles. Priorities include zoning for sustainable housing production, mitigation of climate change through zoning and other regulations, and zoning that advances permanent land conservation. A minimum non-state match of 25% is required. For more information, contact Dominique DuTremble at ddutremble@cmrpc.org.  

Community One Stop for Growth

Community One Stop for Growth: The “One Stop” allows communities to apply to multiple economic development and housing programs through a streamlined process. Programs include MassWorks; Urban Agenda; Massachusetts Downtown Initiative; Rural and Small Town Development Fund; Housing Choice; Community Planning; Brownfields; Site Readiness; Underutilized Properties; Collaborative Workspace; Real Estate Services Technical Assistance; and Commonwealth Places. Expressions of interest may be submitted from Feb. 9 – April 30, 2024. The full application submission period runs from May 6 – June 5, 2024. Contact Dominique DuTremble at ddutremble@cmrpc.org for more information.  

Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program

Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program (anticipated Jul. 2024): Reimburses municipalities for the purchase of land to be used for conservation and recreation purposes. Municipalities with up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plans can apply. The maximum award is $500,000 with a reimbursement rate of 52-70%. Contact Will Talbot at wtalbot@cmrpc.org for more information.   

Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program

Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program (anticipated Jul. 2024): Reimburses municipalities for purchasing, developing, and renovating parkland and outdoor recreation lands. Municipalities must have up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plans. The maximum award is $500,000 with a reimbursement rate of 52-70%. Contact  Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org for more information.   

MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant (application will be posted April 1st, 2024): This program provides awards to for-profit and non-profit organizations, regional authorities, eligible municipalities, and schools/colleges for short-term waste reduction projects. Eligible projects will promote reduction of waste produced or extend the lifespan of products. The maximum award is $10,000. Contact Greer Jarvis for more information gjarvis@cmrpc.org.  

Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT): School Bus Fleet Deployment

Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT): School Bus Fleet Deployment (round 3 applications posted spring 2024, office hours currently open): This program provides flexible funding to schools and school districts for purchase of electric school buses and associated charging infrastructure and depot upgrades. Technical assistance/consulting is offered by MassCEC within this program to account for gaps in technical knowledge. Contact Julia Moore for more information jmoore@cmrpc.org  

Federal Funding Opportunities

Federal Funds and Infrastructure Office

Federal Funds and Infrastructure Office: This is a new resource that is currently offering federal funding opportunities to qualifying local and tribal governments. This recently introduced Federal Funding initiative presents as an invaluable resource for local leaders, aiding them to optimize federal funding prospects for the benefit of Massachusetts communities. 

HUD Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) for Multifamily Housing

HUD Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) for Multifamily Housing: “GRRP provides loans and grants to support projects that improve energy or water efficiency; enhance indoor air quality or sustainability; implement the use of zero-emission electricity generation, low-emission building materials or processes, energy storage, or building electrification strategies; or improve the climate resilience of eligible HUD-assisted multifamily properties.” The GRRP Program offers three funding cohorts—”Elements,” Leading Edge,” and “Comprehensive”—each offering a different level of funding for projects at different stages of recapitalization. The deadline to apply for the next wave of funding for the respective cohorts is: “Elements” – 3/28/2024; “Leading Edge” – 4/30/2024; and “Comprehensive” – 5/30/2024. Contact Emily Glaubitz at eglaubitz@cmrpc.org for more information. 

Challenge America

Challenge America (due Apr. 25, 2024): Offered by the National Endowment for the Arts to support small organizations, including municipalities, for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. For more information, contact Ethan Melad at emelad@cmrpc.org   

Non-Profit Security Grant Program

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (January 15, 2024 to March 14 2024):  

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, and state and local government agencies. For more information, contact us at crhsac@cmrpc.org  

2024 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

2024 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) (Anticipated Oct. 2024): Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. The program’s guiding principles are supporting communities through capability and capacity building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large infrastructure projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency. For more information, contact Marc Granato at mgranato@cmrpc.org

2024 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

2024 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (Anticipated Oct. 2024): The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program is a competitive program that provides funding to states, federally recognized Tribal governments, U.S. territories, and local governments. Since the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 was signed into law, funds are used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant’s ranking of the project, eligibility, and cost-effectiveness of the project. FEMA requires state, local, federally recognized Tribal governments, and U.S. territories to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects. For more information, contact Marc Granato at mgranato@cmrpc.org. 

State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program Funding from the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) and the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program (TCGP) helps eligible entities address cybersecurity risks and threats to information systems owned or operated by—or on behalf of—SLT governments and Tribal governments. Through two distinct Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs), SLCGP and TCGP combined will make available $1 billion over four years to support projects throughout the performance period of up to four years which established the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, “appropriating $1 billion to be awarded over four years, including $200 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and $400 million in FY23.” For more information, contact us at crhsac@cmrpc.org

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at jpierce@cmrpc.org

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