Described below are funding sources that have been used by Massachusetts communities for covering some of the costs of developing their geographic information system. They are listed below in no particular order.
- Massachusetts communities can use bond money over a period of up to ten years to cover the cost of aerial photographs being used for preparing assessors maps (see MGL Ch 44, sect 7(18)). This source of funding could be used, at least in part, to cover the costs of developing orthophotos for a geographic information system.
- The Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) within the Information Technology Division of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, with the assistance of the State 911 Department is embarking on a multi-year project to fund digital parcel creation for communities without such data and for an upgrade to Level 3 of our Digital Parcel Standard (Version 2.0) for communities with digital data. This funding will not be in the form of competitive grants; rather MassGIS will manage the contracts for private companies to do the work. Dictated by the State 911 Department, a variety of factors will be considered while prioritizing scheduling of the work for individual communities.
- The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has a partnership with the Environmental Systems Research Institute to provide deeply discounted Arcview software, GIS data, and training to municipal Conservation Commissions. Please visit the Massachusetts Conservation Mapping Assistance Partnership Program (MACMAPP) webpage for more information.
- The Open Data Consortium web site distributes a useful document called "10 Ways to Support GIS". The document includes some useful examples from around the country of how GIS projects have brought in revenue.