The Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program encourages and incentivizes regionalization based upon the belief that the most crucial and visible interactions between government and citizens occur locally. In three years, the program invested $10.25 million in 74 unique projects that involved 242 municipalities across the Commonwealth. This equates to 69% of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Over 3.9 million, or 59%, of the Commonwealth’s population live in municipalities involved in at least one CIC project.
Regionalization is an opportunity for neighboring communities to build partnerships to engage in shared services, inter-municipal agreements, municipal collaborations, consolidations, mutual aid, and regional planning to reduce the risk of duplicating efforts and unnecessary spending of limited taxpayer dollars. With 351 cities and towns spanning the Commonwealth, there are countless ways to collaborate and work together to maintain important local services and deliver those services effectively and efficiently.
The CIC grant program is one example of making government more effective and efficient. The CIC grant program provides incentives, such as technical assistance, training, and other tone-time or transition funding for municipal leaders to work together to pursue innovative ways to deliver critical services to taxpayers more efficiently. Ideal projects for the grant program include those with the potential for greatest impact, high levels of innovation and substantial potential cost savings for municipalities.
CIC Performance Data
The Commonwealth's commitment to performance-driven government is evident in the management and oversight of CIC awards. Each recipient is required to work with the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) to develop a contract that includes a measurable goal, actions, and outcome measures to assess whether each project achieved their goals.
Each recipient reports on the completion of deliverables three times during the course of each contract, which generally last for 10 months. At the completion of their work, recipients file final reports with A&F. These final reports include performance data and serve as implementation guides for other interested communities. Additionally, recipients are required to submit annual reports for three years following the completion of their work, which include data collected towards the outcome measures included in their contracts.
- Several projects funded by the CIC program support the development of similar initiatives at the municipal level to embed performance management best practices and utilize new technologies to improve accountability and increase transparency. This webpage highlights five such projects.
The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) developed a Regionalization Assistance Guide which serves as a directory of programs offered by the Commonwealth to assist municipalities in the development of regional projects. The Guide includes both technical assistance and grant programs.