Resources that facilitate and/or support the creation, upgrading and/or repair of infrastructure that supports housing, economic and/or neighborhood development efforts. Please note that other types of infrastructure projects (e.g., public works projects such as general road and bridge repair, etc.) are not included in this category.

Primary Resources (see summaries below)

  • Chapter 43D (Expedited Local Permitting)
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • District Improvement Financing (DIF)
  • Economic Development Fund
  • I-Cubed
  • MassWorks Infrastructure Program
  • Tax Exempt Bonds
  • Urban Renewal Program (UR)

Secondary Resources (see summaries below)

  • State-Subsidized Environmental Insurance
  • Brownfields Redevelopment Fund (BRF)
  • Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC)
  • Peer - to - Peer Technical Assistance Program
  • Relocation Assistance Program
  • Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit

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Primary Resources: Summaries

 

Program: Chapter 43D (Expedited Local Permitting)  
Purpose:
To streamline state and local permitting processes in order that a permit for commercial or industrial development (on a site identified as a Priority Development Site) can be issued within 180 days 

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • The local governing authority approves the use of Chapter 43D for projects.
  • A locally approved project then requires approval by the State Interagency Permitting Board.
  • Priority Development sites must:
    • be zoned for commercial or industrial development
    • involve the development or redevelopment of a building of at least 50,000 square feet of gross floor area (may include existing structures and contiguous buildings)

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Administered by the Interagency Permitting Board
  • Priority consideration for state infrastructure grants and other financing through quasi-public organizations.

 

Program: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Purpose: To help cities and towns implement housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or that revitalize areas of slum or blight

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • MA cities and towns with populations over 50,000 receive CDBG funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • MA cities and towns with populations under 50,000 that do not receive CDBG funds directly from HUD are eligible to receive CDBG funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

Eligible CDBG projects include but are not limited to:

  • housing rehabilitation or development
  • micro-enterprise or other business assistance
  • infrastructure
  • community/public facilities
  • public social services
  • planning
  • removal of architectural barriers, and
  • downtown or area revitalization

 

Program: District Improvement Financing (DIF)  
Purpose:

  • To enable municipalities to fund public works and infrastructure projects by allocating future incremental tax revenues collected from a predefined district
  • To stimulate private investment, which in turn increases the taxable value of property and generates the incremental taxes

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • All cities and towns
  • DIF Plan required
  • Approval by the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Administered by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development
  • Incremental revenues can either pay for the municipal improvements (from year-to-year) or,
  • Can be estimated and pledged in advance toward repayment of bonds to be issued to pay for the municipal improvements

 

Program: Economic Development Fund  
Purpose:
To finance industrial, commercial, service, real estate and mixed-use projects and programs that:

  • create and/or retain jobs
  • improve the local and/or regional tax base, or
  • enhance the quality of life in the community

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • All cities or towns not designated as "entitlement communities" by the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Eligible activities include but are not limited to:
  • Pre-development planning studies
  • Acquisition
  • Micro and small business technical assistance programs
  • Regional revolving loan funds
  • Business technical assistance
  • Public social services related to economic development, and
  • Infrastructure and public facilities projects in support of economic development
  • Direct business assistance for:
    • Purchase of equipment
    • Acquisition of real estate
    • New construction and rehabilitation
    • Working capital, and
    • (In some cases) refinancing

 

Program: I-Cubed (Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program )
Purpose: To support, through public infrastructure investment, certified economic development projects that will result in new jobs and increases in property values, real estate tax revenue, and tax revenue to the Commonwealth 

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • The project would not happen or would not achieve the contemplated level of development or other economic activity without the public infrastructure improvements financed under I-Cubed.
  • The project must be approved by the related Municipality, the Secretary of Administration and Finance and MassDevelopment in order to be "certified" as eligible for funding.
  • The cost of the public infrastructure improvements financed under I-Cubed may not exceed $50 million and may not be less than $10 million.
  • The projected annual new state tax revenues from each occupied project component must be at least 1.5 times greater than the projected annual debt service on the related bonds.
  • Not more than one other economic development project in the municipality may have been approved for financing under I-Cubed.
  • The project must be financially feasible and the developer must demonstrate sufficient resources to carry out the project.
  • The project must be consistent with sustainable development principles.
  • The project may not receive public assistance under certain other state programs.

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Bonds issued by MassDevelopment
  • Investment in public infrastructure improvements in support of certified economic development projects

 

Program: MassWorks Infrastructure Program
Purpose: To provide public infrastructure funding to support economic development. MassWorks consolidates these six grant programs into one office to streamline the grant process:

  • Community Development Action Grant (CDAG)
  • Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grants
  • Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE)
  • Public Works Economic Development (PWED) Grants
  • Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP)
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program

Key Eligibility Criteria

  • Please see the MassWorks Infrastructure webpage for further information.

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Please see the MassWorks Infrastructure webpage for further information.

 

Program: Tax Exempt Bonds 
Purpose:
To provide very low interest rate financing for capital projects 

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • Cities and towns
  • Non-Profits
  • Developers
  • Projects financed must be eligible for tax-exempt financing under the federal tax code

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Administered by MassDevelopment
  • Municipal and governmental projects
  • Waste recovery and recycling facilities
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit real estate and equipment
  • Manufacturing facilities and equipment
  • Affordable residential rental housing

 

Program : Urban Renewal Program (UR)  
Purpose:

  • To redevelop deteriorated areas (substandard, decadent or blighted open areas) by providing the economic environment needed to attract and support private investment for residential, commercial, industrial, business, governmental, recreational, educational, hospital or other purposes
  • To help cities and towns establish and strengthen urban renewal agencies
  • To provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of urban renewal plans

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • All MA cities and towns
  • Urban Renewal Agencies (Redevelopment Authorities and Consolidated Departments of Community Development)

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

Funding: Urban Revitalization Development Grant Program (Requires separate application)

Eligible Uses:

  • Planning
  • Establishment of design and rehabilitation standards
  • Acquisition of land, including taking of land by eminent domain
  • Assembly of land into developable parcels and disposition for private redevelopment
  • Relocation of businesses and residential occupants
  • Demolition or rehabilitation of structures
  • Improvements to infrastructure
  • Issuance of bonds and borrowing of money

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Secondary Resources: Summaries


Program: State-Subsidized Environmental Insurance
Purpose: To encourage private sector lending on contaminated sites by utilizing environmental insurance to safeguard parties involved in redevelopment from the risk of environmental liabilities associated with Brownfields

Key Eligibility Criteria

  • Cities and towns
  • Any individual or entity borrowing from participating Massachusetts lenders to cleanup any contaminated site in Massachusetts

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Administered by BDC Capital
  • Program is supported by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Brownfields Redevelopment Access to Capital (BRAC) Fund
  • BRAC Fund backs private sector loans with environmental insurance
  • Payment of up to 50% of the premium for environmental insurance

 

Program: Brownfields Redevelopment Fund (BRF) 
Purpose:
To provide low-interest loans and grants for site assessment and cleanup

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • Cities and towns
  • Redevelopment authorities and agencies
  • Economic Development and Industrial Corporations
  • Community Development Corporations
  • Within Economically Distressed Areas, and:
    • Significant economic results - i.e. new jobs, or
    • Contributing to economic or physical revitalization
  • MassDevelopment may designate "Priority Projects" though the BRF. Eligibility for priority project designation is determined on a case by case basis by MassDevelopment.
  • The BRF assistance must be necessary to make the project financially feasible

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

Administered by MassDevelopment

  • Grants
  • Loans
    • The applicant must provide matching funds.

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Program: Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC)  
Purpose:
To provide technical assistance for planning and zoning to cities and towns 

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • City or town officials, including Selectmen, Building Inspectors, and members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal, etc.

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

Trainees pay nominal fees for annual workshops and conferences, including:

  • Comprehensive Permit - MGL 40B
  • How to Hold A Perfect Public Hearing
  • Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law and ANR
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards

 

Program: Peer - to - Peer Technical Assistance Program  
Purpose:
To provide small grants to municipalities for short-term problem solving or technical assistance projects. Municipalities may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to employ appointed or elected municipal officials from other communities to provide technical assistance related to community development and/or capacity building at the local level.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

MA cities and towns with populations of under 50,000 that do not receive CDBG funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • CDBG Technical Assistance Funds provide for grants of up to $1,000.
  • Exclusively for technical assistance related to community development and/or capacity building related to community development at the local level
  • Grant funds may be used to pay for up to 30 hours ($900) of technical assistance and up to $100 for reimbursement of travel, photocopying and/or the cost of incidental materials.
  • A maximum of 10 eligible applications are funded yearly on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Program: Relocation Assistance Program  
Purpose:
To provide advice, assistance and approvals for and to public agencies that cause businesses and individuals to move as a result of real estate acquisitions (voluntary or involuntary) or takings

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • Any residential or business occupant displaced by a public or private entity using public funds

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Fair and reasonable relocation payments to displaced persons and businesses must be made under MGL Chapter 79A by any agency or person that is acquiring real property or issuing an order to vacate real property for purposes of rehabilitation or other improvement or for demolition purposes.
  • Actions include:
    • Taking of real property by eminent domain
    • Negotiated sale
    • Rehabilitation or other improvement
  • Demolition

 

Program: Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit 
Purpose:

  • To provide easy access to information on twelve different planning , zoning and subdivision techniques
  • To increase understanding of smart growth tools and how to customize the techniques to local circumstances

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Toolkit is designed to be both an educational guide and a reference document

Funding and/or Eligible Uses:

  • Provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

 

Contact

DHCD Community Services at 617-573-1400