For Immediate Release - August 04, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration Simplifies MassWorks Grant Application Process for Communities

New online application, tutorials designed to get communities ready for September 1 MassWorks funding round

BOSTON - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development (HED) Greg Bialecki today announced that local officials can now apply for MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants online, an improvement that will simplify the application process for communities seeking funding for projects that support housing, community development and job creation across the Commonwealth. HED will also host seven online tutorial sessions this month called "Lunch and Learns" to ensure officials are prepared to complete and submit applications for the upcoming September 1 - 9 funding period.

"The MassWorks Infrastructure Program is a great example of a streamlined program our administration has created to increase the effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of services," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "The former process required cities and towns to submit multiple applications in hopes of identifying support for infrastructure improvement projects. MassWorks now allows municipalities to apply through one application that can lead to reduced costs for cities and towns, increased access to the most strategic investments and new jobs that will benefit both communities and the Commonwealth."

"The whole idea behind MassWorks is making it easier and less costly for communities to access state infrastructure funds, so that we can put more people to work building a better, stronger Commonwealth," said Secretary Bialecki. "By bringing all of our grant programs into one shop, and putting the application online, we can make government more efficient, effective and accountable."

"MassWorks smoothes the road between municipal ideas and economic development, saving public time and money in the quest for good infrastructure, good development and a good economy." said Buzz Constable, a developer and President of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA).

Last month, Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation to consolidate six capital budget programs administered across three different agencies into the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. HED will oversee the program, giving communities a single entry point and one set of requirements for state public infrastructure grants, rather than requiring them to expend resources "shopping around" different agencies at different times to gain support for their projects. The program will provide infrastructure grants for market rate and affordable housing development projects; transportation improvements to enhance safety in small and rural communities; community revitalization and sustainable development; and economic development and job creation.

HED's "Lunch and Learns" will advise local officials on using the online application and will take place:

  • Thursday, August 11;
  • Friday, August 12;
  • Tuesday, August 16;
  • Thursday, August 18;
  • Monday, August 22;
  • Wednesday, August 24; and
  • Friday, August 26

To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long term, sustainable economic development, please visit: www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.

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