The Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance Program awards small grants to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) non-entitlement communities to hire Peer Consultants for short-term problem solving or assistance with projects that support local community development and capacity building activities.
Municipality - CDBG non-entitlement communities – i.e., municipalities with a population of under 50,000 that do not receive CDBG funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Community Development are eligible for Peer-to-Peer funding.
Peer Consultant - Elected and appointed officials and municipal employees are eligible to serve as Peer Consultants. Peer Consultants may come from either CDBG non-entitlement or entitlement communities.
How to Apply
Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is limited so applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals interested in serving as Peer Consultants must submit an application to DHCD.
Municipalities may apply to DHCD for $1,000 grants to pay for up to 30 hours ($900) of Peer Consultant assistance and up to $100 for reimbursement of their travel, photocopying and the cost of incidental materials. The Program is funded with Massachusetts CDBG technical assistance funds.
The Peer-to-Peer Program can assist municipalities with a wide range of CDBG-eligible community development activities, including:
• Developing guidelines for housing rehabilitation program
• Establishing guidelines and site plan approval for ZBA
• Creating Housing Production Plan
• Developing an inclusionary zoning by-law
• Determining potential uses for municipally-owned land
• Preparing GIS mapping for storm water drainage system
• Developing long-term Capital Improvement Program
• Assisting downtown revitalization efforts
• Preparing economic development plan
For more information contact Carol Wolfe, Community Revitalization Coordinator, at 617-573-1450 or Carol.Wolfe@state.ma.us.