In September 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 569, instructing state government to provide assistance to cities and towns to complete climate change vulnerability assessments and resiliency planning. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) will provide support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning for resiliency. The state will award communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities will be able to define extreme weather and natural and climate related hazards, identify existing and future vulnerabilities and strengths, develop and prioritize actions for the community, and identify opportunities to take action to reduce risk and build resilience.
MVP certified providers will be trained in workshops across the state to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the assessment and resiliency plan using the Community Resilience Building Framework. Towns and cities will then be able to choose the provider of their choice from a list of certified providers.
Communities who complete the MVP program will become certified as an MVP community and eligible for follow-up grant funding and other opportunities.
Project Eligibility Criteria
Responses to the RFR for communities may be submitted by any Massachusetts municipality or groups of municipalities. All projects are required to provide quarterly reporting as well as a Final Report. An in-kind staff time match is required. All proposals must provide the following:
- A signed letter of support from the chair of the board of selectmen, mayor, a town administrator, or similar city or town official;
- A short statement of the community’s commitment to taking on this grant and planning for the impacts of climate change in the city or town;
- The name of a qualified employee of the municipality, committee member or volunteer who can serve as the local project manager and point of contact for the grant;
- A summary of community support and any project partners and letters of support from all relevant local boards, departments, commissions, businesses, organizations and other partners;
- A description of any ongoing planning efforts such as local hazard mitigation plans, open space plans, master plans, etc.;
- A description of any ongoing climate-change related projects within the community or region;