Baker-Polito Administration Awards over $1 Million in Community Compact Grants
First Round of Grants will aid over 70 municipalities focused on efficiency & regionalization
BOSTON— Today the Baker-Polito Administration awarded more than $1 million in grants from the Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, focused on efficiency and regionalization efforts in 72 municipalities and 10 school districts.
“Lieutenant Governor Polito and I formed the Community Compact Cabinet shortly after coming into office as a way for the state to serve as a more reliable partner for our cities and towns,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to announce several grants today that will help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth share services and find efficiencies.”
“The Community Compact Program is an important tool for the state to play a key role in helping local municipalities help themselves,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These regionalization and efficiency grants and previous Community Compact Grant programs focused on best practices and IT initiatives are all aimed at helping municipalities spur future success. The interest in this program and the high quality of applications shows that municipalities are focused on ways to deliver services to taxpayers in a more efficient manner, including regionalization and sharing services. I want to congratulate today’s recipients from across the state and encourage others to consider submitting an application for our second round of grants next month.”
“The Baker-Polito Administration has made supporting the Commonwealth’s communities a top priority, including increased investments in local aid, passage of the Municipal Modernization Act, and the creation of the Community Compact program,” said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. “We will continue to work with local governments to ensure they have the resources and tools to provide important municipal services.”
“As a former selectman, I see the Commonwealth’s cities and towns as vital to the people of Massachusetts,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “These grants will help our communities fund key needs and save money. I thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for their leadership with the Community Compact Program.”
“This is a great new program,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “Increasing efficiencies in all levels of government must remain one of our top priorities.”
The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program is a new program for Fiscal Year 2017 and provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.
The first round of applications in 2016 was highly competitive, opening October 15th and closing on November 15th. The next round of applications will be open from January 1st until February 1st, 2017.
Today’s announcement comes one year after the Administration was joined by over one hundred municipal officials to introduce municipal modernization legislation. The Governor later signed the bill, An Act modernizing municipal finance and government (H. 4565), into law improving critical components of the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.
Regionalization and Shared Services
Municipal and School Efficiencies
About the Community Compact Cabinet:
Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and comprised of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, and Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services, and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities. The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners.