NOTE: All Urban Agenda Grant Applications must be submitted electronically using the form here: Urban Agenda Application . Deadline is Friday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.
A complete application includes a signed cover page, narrative, and budget. Attachments may include support letters, MOA, etc. The entire proposal  package needs to be scanned and submitted as an attached PDF.
Hard copies of the original signed cover page only, can also be mailed and will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by 12/11/15.

The Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda seeks to promote economic vitality and cultivate safer, stronger urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts.

The Urban Agenda economic development grant program recognizes that urban communities face unique economic and quality of life challenges. The Urban Agenda grant program also recognizes that every community in Massachusetts possesses a unique set of assets, and that the path to economic opportunity lies in tapping into local assets, rather than in one-size-fits-all directives.

Urban Agenda economic development grants seek to build leadership, collaboration, and capacity at the local level. The grant program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local economic opportunities through partnership-building, problem-solving, and shared accountability.

Urban Agenda Economic Development Implementation grants will be administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. These grants will empower urban communities to advance employment and economic opportunity by providing flexible grant funding that supports creative local partnerships, and capitalizes on local economic opportunities. Urban Agenda Economic Development Implementation grants will challenge neighborhoods across Massachusetts to form partnerships that leverage existing economic assets, target specific workforce populations, define their economic development and quality of life goals, and then deliver on those goals.

Urban Agenda Planning and Technical Assistance grants will be administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Grants will fund facilitated community planning to advance shared work on quality-of-life issues, and build coalitions and social capital within the community.

The Urban Agenda Housing Program will be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant program seeks to increase the supply of multi-family housing across the Commonwealth for a range of incomes. Urban Agenda Housing Program grants will assist communities in expanding housing opportunities, particularly housing opportunities that leverage vacant or under-utilized publicly-owned land, by supporting predevelopment and soft costs related to multi-family housing construction and adaptive re-use of surplus or underutilized property.

APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Applications will be available electronically at the Urban Agenda Application page.

2.Prospective applicants should submit a letter of intent to EOHED, through EOHEDGrants@Massmail.State.MA.US by 5pm on October 19, in order to help organize the grant review teams. Submitting a letter of intent does not obligate a community to submit a proposal. The letter of intent should include the following information: The name, email address, and telephone number of the prospective lead applicant; the municipality where the proposed program will be located; the potential partners in the proposed program; and whether the prospective application will seek funding for an Economic Development Implementation grant, a Planning and Technical Assistance grant, or a Housing Program grant.

3. EOHED and DHCD staff will host two conference calls with prospective applicants. The calls will take place on October 21 and November 16, from noon to 1pm. Staff will post conference call details to the Urban Agenda Economic Development grant portal at www.mass.gov/hed, and will email conference call details to prospective applicants who submit a letter of intent.

4. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 11, 2015.

5. Applicants must submit an electronic copy of the application through the Urban Agenda Economic Development grant portal at the Urban Agenda Application page.. Fax copies of the application will not be accepted.

6. All Urban Agenda Grant Applications must be submitted electronically using the form here: Urban Agenda Application . Deadline is Friday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.
A complete application includes a signed cover page, narrative, and budget. Attachments may include support letters, MOA, etc. The entire proposal  package needs to be scanned and submitted as an attached PDF.
Hard copies of the original signed cover page only, can also be mailed and will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by 12/11/15.

Urban Agenda Grant Program
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
One Ashburton Place, Suite 2101
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

7. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that its application is received by EOHED. All applications will be logged as to date and time received and kept on file as public record.

8. EOHED reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant or external sources as may be necessary in order to complete the application review.