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.