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Detailed Overview of One Stop Process

Here is a detailed overview of the Community One Stop for Growth process, from virtual sessions to notification of award.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Virtual Sessions

There will be three (3) webinars to help applicants navigate the Community One Stop for Growth. Attending the live webinar or watching the recording is suggested before submitting an Expression of Interest or Full Application. It is highly recommended that all applicants watch webinars before developing applications to the One Stop. Overview of the webinars:

  • Webinar 1: One Stop Overview Webinar – How Has the Process Changed, What to Expect in the New Process.
  • Webinar 2: One Stop Application Guidance Webinar – How to Frame Applications for the One Stop for Growth.
  • Webinar 3: Technology Webinar – How to Use IGX and the One Stop Online Application.

Step 2: Expressions of Interest & Guidance (Optional)

The Expression of Interest is optional but highly encouraged. It is recommended that all applicants watch all three webinars before submitting a One Stop Expression of Interest.

The Expression of Interest is a simple form that allows an applicant to indicate its economic development priorities and seek guidance from EOHED and partner agencies. Applicants may seek guidance for up to five (5) projects.

Once the Expression of Interest is submitted, staff at all partner agencies will review the submissions and provide guidance and insight to strengthen applications. Applicants may also be referred to other available programs that are not fully integrated into the One Stop application. All applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest early in the process to allow for the maximum amount of time for feedback. Applicants may also request a meeting to review their priority projects with EOHED.

Step 3: One Stop Full Application(s)

After the guidance phase of the process concludes, the One Stop will open to accept applications. Applicants are able to submit multiple projects for consideration, but must submit one application per project. The number of project applications submitted is not limited, but it is recommended that communities prioritize their requests to reflect the goals submitted in the Expression of Interest phase. Interested applicants will have full access to the online application the launch of the One Stop in January to the final submission deadline June. During this time, applicants may draft applications, but submissions will only be accepted between May 3 and June 4, 2021.

Step 4: Review & Evaluation

The participating agencies will review all applications. The agencies may also request additional information or clarification about applications submitted. All grants will be reviewed on the criteria noted in the Review Criteria section and the additional review criteria noted in specific program guidelines, linked to in the appendix. If an application is not fully clear or the partner agencies have additional questions, the applicant will be notified to either have a follow up discussion with the state, fix application submission or answer questions via email.

Step 5: Notification of Award

The One Stop partners will review all applications and make determinations of grant amounts based upon availability of funds. All applicants will be notified of award(s) and the contracting process will begin with each agency. Reporting will be required.

By participating in this process and submitting either an Expression of Interest or a Full Application, a project will be automatically referred to relevant grant programs, particularly those under EOHED, DHCD, and MassDevelopment. See Appendix for the programs that will be coordinated with the One Stop. If this process identifies additional needs that align with other programs not listed above, further coordination and referrals may be made, on a case-by-case basis.

Appendix

The following programs will be fully integrated into the One Stop.

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Department of Housing and Community Development

MassDevelopment

 

The following programs will be coordinated referral programs with the One Stop:

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Department of Housing and Community Development

MassDevelopment

Mass Office of Business Development

Mass Growth Capital Corporation

Community Compact

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