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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.

Project Development & Resource Consultations

CMRPC hosts Virtual Open Office Hours for Project and Resource Development Consultations. These sessions are designed to facilitate brainstorming sessions and provide guidance on getting projects started and funded.

The Virtual Open Office Hours will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning in September 2024. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with one of our planners who will assist in exploring ideas and strategies tailored to your municipality’s needs. To register in advance for a session, complete the Zoom Registration.

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.

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.

State Funding Opportunities

Mass Broadband Institute’s Residential Retrofit Program

Mass Broadband Institute’s Residential Retrofit Program (Rolling): The Residential Retrofit Program intends to increase low-income residents’ access to high-quality and affordable broadband access through the replacement of deficient infrastructure with updated wiring and cabling in Public & Affordable Housing properties. Housing operators should submit an expression of interest through MBI’s online form. MBI is coordinating this program with their existing Apartment WiFi program being run through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Your property may be eligible for both programs. Applications with multiple properties will be looked upon favorably, however, smaller-scale projects are also eligible. Contact Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org.

Greening Gateways Program

Greening the Gateways Program (rolling): Greening the Gateways Program provides funding to increase tree cover in urban residential areas. This will contribute to the reduction of household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree cover in urban residential areas. For more information contact Hilary Dimino at hilary.m.dimino@mass.gov  

MassDEP Air Sensor Grant

MassDEP Air Sensor Grant (rolling): The MassDEP Air Sensor Grant provides between five and ten PurpleAir sensors at no cost to non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribes. PurpleAir sensors measure the levels of fine particulate matter in a community’s outdoor air for at least a year. For more information contact air.sensor@mass.gov  

Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants

Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants (rolling through November 2024): These grants benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase climate resilience, and capacity building to address environmental and climate justice challenges and issues. For more information, contact Julia Moore at jmoore@cmrpc.org or Micaela Leonarte Paredes, Federal Funds & Infrastructure Office at micaela.leonarteparedes@mass.gov 

EEA Planning Assistance Grants

EEA Planning Assistance Grants (due July 22, 2024): Support efforts to plan, zone, develop, and conserve land 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

Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT): School Bus Fleet Deployment

Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT): School Bus Fleet Deployment (due July 24, 2024): This program provides flexible funding to schools and school districts for the purchase of electric school buses and associated charging infrastructure and depot upgrades. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center offers technical assistance and consulting through this program to account for gaps in technical knowledge. Contact Julia Moore for more information at jmoore@cmrpc.org 

Safe Streets & Roads for All

Safe Streets and Roads for All (due June 26, 2024; August 29, 2024) The Safe Streets and Roads for All is a competitive grant supporting planning, infrastructural, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injuries on the roads and streets involving roadway users. For more information, contact Yahaira Graxirena at ygraxirena@cmrpc.org or Derek Krevat, MassDOT at Derek.Krevat@dot.state.ma.us 

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) 2.0 Grant Program

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

MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant (anticipated late 2024): This program awards for-profit and non-profit organizations, regional authorities, eligible municipalities, and educational institutions for short-term waste reduction projects. Eligible projects will promote the reduction of waste produced or extend the lifespan of products. The maximum award is $10,000. Contact Greer Jarvis for more information at gjarvis@cmrpc.org

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant Program

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant Program (anticipated Spring 2025): This competitive grant program offers financial support for community-based projects that help with adaptation to projected future climate impacts, including extreme weather, extreme temperatures, and flooding. Municipalities which have completed the MVP Planning 1.0 process or have received EEA MVP Community designation are eligible for this opportunity. Other state political subdivisions, including federally recognized and state acknowledged tribes, are also eligible if the projects they apply for are aligned with recommendations from an MVP-approved climate resilience plan. In addition, partnerships of municipalities for which the lead applicant is MVP-designated are eligible. A 10% municipal total project cost cash and/or in-kind match is required. Contact Julia Moore at jmoore@cmrpc.org or Will Talbot at wtalbot@cmrpc.org for more information. 

Federal & Other 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. 

Public Electric Vehicle Charging

Public Electric Vehicle Charging (rolling): The Electric Vehicle Charging Program provides resources to help determine the costs of proposed Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as identifying potential funding sources. For more information contact the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. 

Technical Assistance for Adoption of Building Energy Codes Assistance

Technical Assistance for Adoption of Building Energy Codes Assistance (rolling) The Technical Assistance for Adoption of Building Energy Codes Assistance grant will support states and local jurisdictions in adopting, implementing, and enforcing zero energy codes, or equivalent codes and standards, improve residential and commercial construction and retrofits, and transitioning the building stock to more efficient, decarbonized buildings. For more information contact IRACodes@hq.doe.gov 

Lead Services Line Replacement Program

 Lead Service Line Replacement Program (rolling): The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) are offering 0% percent interest construction loans to lead service line replacement and planning projects grants for assisting public water suppliers with completing planning projects for lead service line inventories and replacement programs. For more information contact MassWaterTrust@tre.state.ma.us  

Cyber Resilient Massachusetts Grant Program

Cyber Resilient Massachusetts Grant Program (rolling): The Cyber Resilient Massachusetts Grant Program allows eligible municipalities to be awarded up to $25,000 for cybersecurity technology upgrades. Grants will be determined through a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment to build a municipality’s defense against cybersecurity threats. For more information contact Maxwell Fathy at proposals@masstech.org

Clean Bus Planning Awards

Clean Bus Planning Awards (rolling): The Clean Bus Planning Awards program aids in reducing barriers to zero-emission bus deployment by aiding school and transit bus fleets with technical assistance to create comprehensive and customized fleet electrification transition plans. For more information contact CBPA@nrel.gov 

EDA Public Works Program

EDA Public Works Program (rolling): The EDA Public Works program provides funding to help communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities. Examples of projects include water and sewer system improvements and the creation or expansion of industrial parks. Projects must advance the EDA’s Investment priorities and be consistent with the region’s current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). They also must be in a geographic region subject to the EDA’s economic distress criteria. The typical EDA cost share rate for projects is 50 percent. Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofit organizations. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org for more information. 

EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)

EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (rolling): The EDA’s EAA program provides investments that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. Examples of projects include the construction or upgrading of public infrastructure and the procurement of equipment for workforce training programs. Projects must advance the EDA’s Investment priorities and be consistent with the region’s current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). They also must be in a geographic region subject to the EDA’s economic distress criteria. The typical EDA cost share rate for projects is 50 percent. Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofit organizations. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org for more information. 

EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs (rolling): The EDA’s Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs are designed to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment. The Planning program assists eligible recipients in managing and coordinating the development and implementation of regional economic development plans, such as Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), and plans to guide the creation and/or retention of high-quality jobs and private investment attraction. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local, regional, or State organizations and institutions to undertake economic development projects such as feasibility studies, impact analyses, disaster resiliency plans, and project planning. Projects must advance the EDA’s Investment priorities. The typical EDA cost share rate for projects is 50 percent. Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofits. Contact Kerrie Salwa at ksalwa@cmrpc.org for more information. 

Rural Business Investment Program

Rural Business Investment Program (rolling): The Rural Business Investment Program provides a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) license to newly formed developmental capital organizations to aid in meeting equity capital investment needs in rural communities. For more information contact RBIP@usda.gov  

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance (rolling): This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Rural Energy Development Assistance (REDA). Funds must be provided to agricultural producers and small businesses in eligible rural areas. Government organizations, rural electric cooperatives, and public power entities are among the eligible organizations. For more information contact Jordan Henault at Jordan.henault@usda.gov  

On-Farm Labor Housing Loans

On-Farm Labor Housing Loans (rolling): This program provides affordable financing to develop or rehabilitate affordable rental housing for very low to moderate-income domestic, migrant, and seasonal farm laborers. It also provides funding used to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm labor; and the ability of the farmer to provide affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing for farm workers. Individual farm owners, family farmers, and farmer associations are among those eligible to apply. For more information contact the USDA Processing and Report Review Branch at MFHprocessing1@usda.gov  

Community Facilities Loan & Grant Program

Community Facilities Loan & Grant Program (rolling): This program provides funds to improve, construct, develop, and finance essential community facilities for rural communities such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, certain schools, childcare centers, fire and rescue, public safety facilities, libraries, and town halls. Government organizations, public bodies, and community-based non-profit organizations are among those eligible to apply. For more information contact Lyndon Nichols at lyndon.nichols@ma.usda.gov  

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program (rolling): This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds can be used to buy, build, repair, and improve public water and waste treatment and collection systems. Government organizations and non-profit organizations are among those eligible to apply. For more information contact Lyndon Nichols at lyndon.nichols@ma.usda.gov  

Grants for Arts Projects

Grants for Arts Project (due July 11, 2024): The Grants for Arts Project program provides grants for art-related projects across disciplines. This includes Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts. For more information contact webmgr@arts.gov  

Communities Taking Charge Accelerator

Communities Taking Charge Accelerator (Full applications due July 16, 2024): This federal funding opportunity will support projects aiming to expand community e-mobility access and provide clean reliable energy. Funding will support innovation in equitable clean transportation and is aligned with strategies detailed in the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. This funding source will support strategic investments at the local level that address barriers to increasing access to electric mobility options for individuals without home charging; increase the transition to electrified fleets; and support the implementation of managed charging systems. Contact foa3214@netl.doe.gov for more information.  

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) (due July 17, 2024): The ATIIP funds projects that improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of active transportation networks and communities, and improve connectivity between active transportation and public transportation. Eligible uses include the design, planning, and construction of bikeways, sidewalks, and trails that connect communities. For more information, contact Yahaira Graxirena at ygraxirena@cmrpc.org or Kenan Hall at ATIIP@dot.gov    

Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program

Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program (due July 18, 2024): The Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program seeks to fund the implementation, improvement, and further development of the applicants’ Pollinator Friendly Practices Plan on routes eligible for Federal Aid. For more information contact Mishel R McCants at pollinators@dot.gov  

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (due July 22, 2024): The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development supports grants for comprehensive or site-specific planning associated with updated fixed guideways and core capacity improvement. The projects must examine ways to enable mixed-use development near transit, improve economic growth and support for multi-modal connectivity and accessibility, improve pedestrian access and more. For more information contact April McLean-McCoy at April.McLeanMcCoy@dot.gov  

Clean Heavy Duty Vehicles Program

Clean Heavy Duty Vehicles Program (due July 25, 2024): The Clean Heavy Duty Vehicles Program funds the replacement of existing non-zero-emission Class 6 and Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission Class 6 and Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles. The program will also support zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and training to develop workers. For more information contact cleanhdvehicles@epa.gov  

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Preservation Grant (due July 29, 2024): This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. $2,200,000 of this funding is for organizations to help people repair homes they own or rent damaged in the calendar year 2022, in the presidentially declared disaster areas. Government organizations and qualified nonprofit organizations are among the eligible organizations. Individual homeowners are not eligible. For more information contact Lyndon Nichols at lyndon.nichols@ma.usda.gov  

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

HUD Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRPE) Elements: (due July 31, 2024): The Green and Resilient Retrofit Elements Program provides gap funding to properties in a recapitalization transaction that includes utility efficiency, carbon emission reduction, renewable energy, and/or climate resiliency measures. Funds can be appropriated to add or preserve specific green or resilient items in the property’s scope of work. Contact Emily Glaubitz at eglaubitz@cmrpc.org for more information. 

Brownfields Job Training Grants

Brownfields Job Training Grants (due August 15, 2024): The Brownfields Job Training Grant program funds brownfield-related job training and placement to local unemployed or under-employed individuals. For more information contact Matt Wosjie at Wosje.Matthew@epa.gov  

Stream Crossing Co-Benefits Research

Stream Crossing Co-Benefits Research (due August 16, 2024): Pew is seeking proposals from organizations to provide a policy and design assessment that identifies recommendations and opportunities for maximizing co-benefits that design stream crossings (bridges and culverts) addressing hydrological-related climate impacts and aquatic and terrestrial species movement. For more information contact Chip Heil at StreamCrossing@pewtrusts.org  

Broadband Technical Assistance

Broadband Technical Assistance (due August 20, 2024): This program provides financial assistance through cooperative agreements to receive or deliver broadband technical assistance and training. This program supports project planning, community engagement, financial sustainability, environmental compliance, construction planning and engineering, and data collection & reporting. Government organizations, non-profit organizations, and private businesses are among those eligible to apply. For more information contact Lyndon Nichols at lyndon.nichols@ma.usda.gov  

History of Equal Rights Grant Program

History of Equal Rights Grant Program (due August 20, 2024): The History of Equal Rights grant program supports site preservation related to struggles for any or all people to achieve equal rights in America. The grant program is not limited to any specific group and is intended to coalesce the possible interpretation of sites synonymous with efforts to achieve equal rights. This program will fund physical preservation and pre-preservation planning efforts for sites listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark. For more information contact STLPG@nps.gov.  

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program (due August 28, 2024): The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program provides funding to deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure. For more information contact CFIGrants@dot.gov

Underrepresented Communities Grant Program

Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (due August 29, 2024): The Underrepresented Communities grant program aims to diversify listings submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. Projects may include inventories and surveys of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, and the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. For more information contact STLPG@nps.gov.  

State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (Anticipated August 2024) 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 

Wildlife Crossing Pilot Program

Wildlife Crossing Pilot Program (due September 4, 2024): The Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program is a competitive grant with the goal of reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and maintaining/improving habitat connectivity for aquatic and terrestrial species. Funding will support construction and non-construction projects. For more information contact Freida Byrd at wildlifecrossings@dot.gov  

Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project

Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project (due September 4, 2024) The Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project assists municipal and local governments with projects that test and develop strategies for planning and implementing compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improving soil quality and encouraging innovative scalable waste management plans that aim to reduce and divert food waste from landfills. For more information contact Jose Berna at jose.berna@usda.gov  

African American Civil Rights Grant Program

African American Civil Rights Grant Program (due September 5, 2024): The African American Civil Rights Grant Program interprets, documents, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens. This competitive grant program will fund a broad range of development, planning, and research projects for historic sites including inventory, surveying, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, preservation planning, historic structure reporting, and bricks-and-mortar repair. For more information contact STLPG@nps.gov

National Culvert Removal

National Culvert Removal (due September 23, 2024): The National Culvert Removal provides funding for projects seeking to meaningfully restore, improve, remove, or replace culverts for anadromous fish. For more information contact Ryan J. Buck at CulvertAOP@dot.gov 

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (due October 31, 2024) The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program assists states, local governments, and tribes in implementing strategies for energy reduction, reducing fossil fuel emissions, and improving energy efficiency. For more information contact eecbg@hq.doe.gov 

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) (Anticipated October 2024): BRIC supports states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation, 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)

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (Anticipated October 2024): The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant is a competitive program that provides funding to states, federally recognized Tribal governments, U.S. territories, and local governments. Funds are 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 applicants to have a current hazard mitigation plan. For more information, contact Marc Granato at mgranato@cmrpc.org. 

Urban & Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants (due November 1, 2024) The Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants allow municipalities and non-profit groups to protect and improve their urban forests. This 50/50 matching grant helps grow, develop, and sustain programs that protect, plan, and maintain a community’s public tree resources and develop partnerships with residents and institutions in the community. For more information contact julie.coop@state.ma.us 

Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants

 Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants (rolling through November 2024): These grants benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase climate resilience, and build capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. For more information, contact Julia Moore at jmoore@cmrpc.org or Micaela Leonarte Paredes, Federal Funds & Infrastructure Office at Micaela.leonarteparedes@mass.gov 

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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