Urban Agenda Grant Program Awards

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FY22 Grant Awards

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy were joined by state and local officials in Fall River to announce the latest round of Urban Agenda Grant Program awards, which total $2.5 million to support 30 projects in 26 communities. Among the Urban Agenda recipients, Fall River-based Bristol County Chamber Foundation received a $100,000 award for Viva Fall River, a program that seeks to activate vacant storefronts, attract new businesses, and increase downtown pedestrian traffic.

  • Ashfield - $30,000 to facilitate the development of a Master Plan that will include land use and development patterns, housing, transportation, employments centers, jobs, training; water and sewer infrastructure; vacant or underutilized buildings; broadband access; environmental resources; food resources; forestry resources; cultural and historic resources. 
  • Barnstable - $55,000 to support the purchase of a refrigerated van/food truck for the Family Meal Delivery Van program to deliver perishable meals to those in need in the community.
  • Boston - $65,000 for the Community Music Center of Boston to support the center’s Arts-Sector Youth Workforce Development program.
  • Boston - $100,000 for the Boston Planning and Development Agency to support CommonWealth Kitchen’s Retail Launchpad.  The launchpad will support three BIPOC-owned food companies in the operation of vendor kiosks at the MIT student center.
  • Chelsea - $100,000 for La Colaborativa to expand the implementation of the Good Jobs Coalition/Rapid Re-employment Initiative to stabilize Chelsea families’ housing and economic crises through access to jobs.
  • Fall River - $100,000 for the Bristol County Chamber Foundation to support Viva Fall River, a program to create shared promotional materials to showcase the city in a new, positive light, new programming to bring more people downtown, activate vacant storefronts, and provide incubator space to attract new businesses.  
  • Gloucester - $100,000 for the Wellspring House to convene a group of experienced, respected collaborators to evaluate the most pressing local skills gaps for the community of Gloucester and nearby cities and towns, through Wellspring’s program known as Skills Training and Career Development: Linking Local Residents with In-Demand Industries.
  • Greenfield - $60,000 for Curbside Compost Pilot, which provides biweekly curbside compost pickups for 500 households and builds on existing collaborations with the Compost Cooperative (CC), the City of Greenfield, Jail Reentry Team, MassHire, Martin’s Farm, Just Roots, and Greening Greenfield.  
  • Groveland - $75,000 for the Groveland Comprehensive Master Plan, which will build on town priorities in the areas of housing, open space and recreation, town center commercial revitalization, environment, and transportation.
  • Holyoke - $100,000 to EforAll/EparaTodos’s program, Holyoke Downtown Business Support, for new, aspiring, and existing Latinx-owned businesses.  This project will also oversee the creation of a Downtown Business Committee led by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce as well as the reopening of the SPARK Co-workspace to allow for increased technical assistance and networking opportunities for new and existing businesses.  
  • Lawrence - $100,000 for Lawrence CommunityWorks for DyeWorks/East Island Redevelopment, to address food security, affordable housing, and resident health.  The DyeWorks/East Island project will create a hub for healthy living in north Lawrence, improving neighborhood conditions, adding amenities, and creating an ecosystem that prioritizes physical and financial health for its residents.  
  • Lynn - $100,000 to support the Economic Development Industrial Corporation of Lynn in efforts to build back a more resilient small business and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lynn.  The EDIC of Lynn has assembled a team of partner organizations to provide critical Technical Assistance to Black and Latino business owners and entrepreneurs to address the most pressing issues facing and their ability to start, sustain and grow their enterprises. 
  • Medway - $40,000 to assist the town in surveying the region’s nonprofit, higher education, government, and other support resources for local entrepreneurs, and produce a business resource guide that will assist entrepreneurs in establishing new businesses, and existing local businesses to thrive and expand.   
  • Montague - $100,000 for the Turners Falls Canal District Master Plan.  The town will undertake a master planning process with the goal of a mixed-use district that reuses the former industrial properties in a way that integrates downtown with the Connecticut River and increases the vibrancy of the town.  
  • New Bedford - $75,000 for the city of New Bedford to support a post COVID-19 Master Planning process.  The project seeks to create a meaningful opportunity for the community to reassess past and future goals and priorities.  The Master Plan update will be inclusive and community driven, leverage existing planning studies, and will be the expression of how New Bedford positions itself for the next generation in an everchanging world. 
  • Pembroke - $75,000 for the town to develop a Master Plan, which will guide zoning, growth, and land use in the years ahead.  
  • Princeton - $50,000 for Phase 1 of Princeton’s Master Plan.  This project will create a comprehensive guide for Princeton over the next 10 to 20 years.  
  • Provincetown - $100,000 for a project called Provincetown: Launching Small Business and Connecting Workforce to Housing.  This project will create 30 new businesses through EforAll. The project will provide new businesses with access to office space and internet in downtown Provincetown at The Commons and engage the community to create and share workforce housing solutions through a targeted pitch contest. 
  • Quincy - $100,000 for Bridging the Digital Divide.  The City of Quincy, through the Department of Planning and Community Development and in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce will convene a Minority Business Roundtable with a mission of improving access to marketing expertise, among other related objectives, for minority owned businesses.  
  • Revere - $100,000 for The Neighborhood Developers’ Revere Works 2022 COVID-19 Reemployment & Recovery, a program to meet COVID-19 reemployment needs.  The Revere Works coalition will deliver its workforce development continuum to a thousand Revere residents in 2022. The continuum combines adult education with job training, enabling clients to move between stages of the continuum.  
  • Salem - $100,000 for the North Shore Community Development Coalition’s Punto Urban Art Museum Headquarters (PUAM HQ). NSCDC will convert vacant commercial space at 98-102 Lafayette St. into the Punto Urban Art Museum Headquarters and Gallery (PUAM HQ). 98-102 Lafayette St. is one of 11 properties that make up Lafayette Housing, an affordable housing resource home to 61 low- and moderate-income families.  
  • Springfield - $100,000 for the Association of Black Business and Professionals, which will partner with the city of Springfield and MassHire to implement a multifaceted plan to address the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on Black small businesses, professionals, and Black and Latino students.
  • Springfield - $100,000 for the Economic Development Council of Western MA for Springfield WORKS (SW) to expand its 2Generation/Whole Family Approach to Careers program to low-income Black and Hispanic families who receive housing subsidies under HUD Section 8 and who qualify for The Family Self- Sufficiency (FSS) Program, an employment and savings incentive program.  
  • Springfield - $75,000 for the Gasoline Alley Foundation to provide an existing food desert with local, fresh, and sustainable options and a knowledge base for future urban food production and manufacturing sites.  
  • Springfield - $100,000 to New North Citizens’ Council (NNCC), a nonprofit neighborhood association located in Springfield, which will expand the Mano a la Obra (Let’s Get Down to Work!) program, which provides Latino residents of the North End neighborhood with targeted workforce development by augmenting our business technical assistance programming.  
  • Swansea - $75,000 to support the Swansea Master Plan Update, which will focus on goals including land use, transportation, housing, natural and cultural resources, open space and recreation, economic development, and public facilities and services.   
  • Topsfield - $100,000 to assist the town in the development of a Master Plan focused on the primary goals of creating commercial development opportunities along the Route 1 corridor, affordable housing and increase the customer-base in the town by supporting the downtown businesses.   
  • Wakefield - $50,000 for the town of Wakefield, which will work with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to lead a community master planning process to produce a Wakefield Master Plan 2032.   
  • Wenham - $75,000 to the town of Wenham to create a Master Plan that will guide the future growth and development of the town. 
  • Worcester - $100,000 for Worcester’s Main South Community Development Corporation for the Main South Minority Business Economic Empowerment Project.  The project’s mission is to economically empower area minority businesses who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic.