Collaborative Workspace Program
The Collaborative Workspace Program consolidates two capital authorizations included in the economic development legislation Governor Baker signed in August 2016. The consolidated grant program encompasses funds from a new community innovation infrastructure fund, which the Administration proposed in January, and from the Transformative Development Fund, which received a substantial recapitalization in the economic development legislation. The Collaborative Workspace Program creates a single point of entry for community-based organizations, located in both Gateway Cities and non-Gateways, seeking funding to advance locally-based innovation and entrepreneurship.
MassDevelopment will administer the program. The new grant program builds on MassDevelopment’s experience with collaborative workspaces, including commissioning a report on makerspaces in 2013 , and funding Gateway City collaborative workspaces through the Transformative Development Initiative’s Cowork program.
The growth of innovation communities, and community-based entrepreneurship, are key goals of the Commonwealth’s comprehensive economic development plan, Opportunities for All .
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s community-based innovation strategy builds on a review of the statewide innovation ecosystem. This comprehensive effort to map the state’s innovation ecosystem demonstrates the statewide reach of Massachusetts’ innovation economy: 118 communities, located in every region of the Commonwealth, contain at least one innovation space, program, or organization, with dense innovation hubs in every region of the state. The Baker-Polito Administration’s community-based innovation strategy focuses on growing these statewide innovation assets, and empowering community innovation stakeholders to drive regional job growth. For more information and to access the statewide innovation asset database, please click here.
Apply for a Collaborative Workspace Grant!
Do you run a space that support makers, artists, entrepreneurs or innovators in Massachusetts? The Collaborative Workspace Program is presently accepting applications until June 30, 2017. For more information: http://www.massdevelopment.com/what-we-offer/financing/grants/collaborative-workspace-program