Per the DLS of the DOR, in its newsletter, Massachusetts has launched a website that lists all state grants that are available.
New One-Stop-Shop Web Portal for Municipal Grants Now Available
Executive Office of Administration and Finance
The Municipal Grant Finder is a one-stop-web shop for local officials and residents to learn about grant opportunities across state government, regardless of which state agency manages a grant program. This tool represents the latest of the Patrick Administration’s initiatives to help local officials deliver core services to residents and businesses effectively and efficiently.
The web portal will highlight what resources exist and where to find them, as management of these grants and resources is decentralized among a multitude of state government agencies. The Municipal Grant Finder will now help them navigate state government, by succinctly profiling more than 60 funding and support opportunities for cities and towns.
To use the Municipal Grant Finder, a local official simply selects the appropriate category and is presented with a list of available resources. The user is then connected to detailed information about the grant, the available funding, how to apply and contact information. Local officials no longer need to know which of the Commonwealth’s many state agencies manage a specific grant program. With a few clicks, the Municipal Grant Finder can help a local official identify:
- Training to enhance local public safety responses to complex emergencies
- Resources to rehabilitate abandoned and vacant property in a community
- Funding to reduce the municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste in the general waste disposal stream
- A program to support residents transitioning from renting to purchasing a home for the first time
- Funding for renovations to a local library
- Financial support to mitigate the cost of adding a local transit station
- A grant to convert an old railway line to a scenic recreation trail
Working together, the Patrick Administration and the Commonwealth’s municipalities have already achieved real, meaningful savings and structural changes to keep costs down so municipalities can make the necessary investments in community services that keep them thriving. Municipal health care reform is providing significant and immediate savings to cities and towns and 257 communities and school districts across the Commonwealth have already collectively saved more than $247 million in health insurance premiums over the past three years as a result of the landmark municipal health care reform law signed by Governor Deval Patrick in July 2011.
Including Municipal Health Care reform, the Patrick Administration has provided cities and towns with the tools to realize $3.78 billion in savings, revenue and investments through new local option taxes, increased capital investments and pension reforms. Communities are also achieving savings through innovations achieved through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant and municipal performance management programs.
To utilize this new tool, click here.