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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21 Million in Climate Change Funding to Cities and Towns

93% of Communities Participating in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
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  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21 Million in Climate Change Funding to Cities and Towns

Terry MacCormack, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21 Million in Climate Change Funding to Cities and Towns

EASTHAMPTONBuilding on its commitment to creating a more climate change resilient Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $21 million in grants to cities and towns through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, representing a doubling of the program budget since last year. To date, this brings total awards through the MVP program to over $65 million. The grant program, which was created in 2017 as part of Governor Charlie Baker’s Executive Order 569, provides communities with funding and technical support to identify climate hazards, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement priority actions to adapt to climate change. The grants are in addition to the Administration’s proposal to invest $900 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into key energy and environmental initiatives, including $300 million to support climate resilient infrastructure.

“With the ongoing success of the MVP program, we are pleased to double the program’s funding this year to support local climate change resilience projects throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts communities are implementing important, nation-leading efforts to adapt to climate change. Our Administration is committed to working with municipalities across the Commonwealth to tackle these urgent challenges, which is why we have proposed a significant increase in funding for climate adaptation projects through our federal ARPA spending plan.”

“The MVP program is a vital tool in our efforts to prepare and strengthen our coastal and inland communities to address the impacts of climate change,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are thrilled to welcome 16 new towns to the program as they take important steps in planning for the future, and to award funding to 66 priority implementation projects that range from upgrading or removing high-risk dams and culverts to investing in Environmental Justice communities.”

Through this latest round of funding, 93% of Massachusetts cities and towns, or 328 municipalities, are now enrolled in the MVP program. The program pairs local leadership and knowledge with a significant investment of resources and funding from the Commonwealth to address ongoing climate change impacts, such as inland flooding, storms, sea level rise, and extreme temperatures. Of these funds, $20.6 million was awarded to 66 cities, towns, or regional partnerships to implement projects that build local resilience to climate change in the Commonwealth’s fifth round of MVP Action Grant funding. Additionally, $400,000 was awarded to 16 towns to pursue a community led planning process to identify vulnerabilities to climate change and priority actions. When complete, these municipalities will be eligible for the next round of implementation funding.

“The MVP program has been recognized as a national model for building climate resiliency through strong state and local partnerships, and we are proud to have enrolled 93% of the municipalities in Massachusetts in this critical effort,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Every region in Massachusetts experienced extreme weather throughout the summer, including excessive heat, record precipitation, and flooding, and the MVP program offers vital technical and financial assistance to help municipalities address vulnerabilities and create stronger, more liveable climate resilient communities.”

The $21 million announced today will go towards MVP Planning Grants and Action Grants. Planning Grants support communities in working with a state-certified technical assistance provider to lead a community-wide planning workshop to identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. Results of the workshops and planning efforts inform existing local plans, grant applications, and policies. Communities are then eligible for competitive MVP Action Grant funding to implement priority on-the-ground projects. Projects are focused on proactive strategies to address climate change impacts and may include retrofitting and adapting infrastructure, actions to invest in and protect environmental justice communities and improve public health, detailed vulnerability assessments or design and engineering studies, stormwater upgrades, dam retrofits and removals, culvert upgrades, drought mitigation, energy resilience, and projects that focus on implementing nature-based solutions such as wetland restoration and floodplain protection.

“The grant allows Easthampton to act on our deep commitment to a resilient, environmentally aware ecosystem,” said Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle.The Cherry Street project serves as a model for future grants.”

"These grants provide critical funding to Easthampton, Southwick, and communities throughout our region for initiatives that focus on the consequential impacts of climate change,” said State Senator John Velis (D - Westfield). “Projects funded by the MVP program, like the Cherry Street restoration in Easthampton, allow our municipalities to address local climate hazards and build a more resilient and environmentally friendly infrastructure."

“I am very excited that Easthampton is receiving this MVP Action Grant,” said State Representative Dan Carey (D - Easthampton).This grant for Cherry Street’s green infrastructure and slope restoration construction is a perfect example of the partnership between state and municipal government.  The state funding from this grant will help to make necessary improvements in our community.  It is crucial that we address climate change on the local level and this project will make the area more resilient to ongoing and future climate change impacts.”

The following communities will receive funding to complete the MVP planning process in 2021-2022:


MVP Program Region

Total Award





Berkshires & Hilltowns



Berkshires & Hilltowns



Berkshires & Hilltowns



Berkshires & Hilltowns



Greater Connecticut River Valley












Berkshires & Hilltowns



Greater Connecticut River Valley



Berkshires & Hilltowns



Berkshires & Hilltowns



Greater Connecticut River Valley





West Bridgewater



Total (16)


Total: $397,795


The following communities were awarded Action Grants:


Project Title

Grant Award

Acton & Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

Climate Action Plan and Electrification Roadmap



Shawsheen River Watershed Land Conservation Planning and Prioritization for Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice



Baptist Corner Road Stream Crossing Ecological Improvements



Greening Lord Pond Plaza Phase 2



Land Conservation and Restoration of the Scarborough Brook Headwaters for Climate Resilience



Stormwater Flood Reduction and Climate Resilience Capital Improvement Plan


Bolton & Clinton

Nashua River Communities Resilient Lands Management Project



Smith Beach Green Infrastructure Project



High Street Dam Removal


Buckland, Ashfield, & Hawley

Watershed-Based Assessment and Climate Resiliency Plan for Clesson Brook



Vine Brook Watershed and Urban Heat Island Assessment



Battery Storage System and Solar at Chelsea City Hall



South River Flood Resiliency Project



Healthy Soils, Green Infrastructure Policy and Climate Resiliency Public Engagement in Deerfield



Pound Pond, Dennis- Flood Mitigation and Storm Drainage Improvements



Cherry Street Green Infrastructure and Slope Restoration Construction


Everett & Chelsea

Island End River Flood Resilience Project



Conceptual Design of Flood-Resiliency Improvements for Sewer Infrastructure



Bolstering Public and Private Action to Improve Flood Resilience in Baker Brook



Advancing Green Infrastructure in Foxborough for Enhancing Climate Resilience through Planning and Design



Walnut Street Neighborhood Flood Mitigation - Design & Permitting



Gloucester Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP)



Johnson Creek Watershed Flood Resiliency Project


Hampden & East Longmeadow

Hampden/East Longmeadow Infrastructure Assessment and Prioritization of Nature-Based Solutions and Public Outreach and Participation



Little River Dam Removal and River Restoration



Ipswich River Sewer Interceptor Bank Biostabilization Project


Lenox, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, & New Marlborough

Housatonic Stream Restoration for Regional Flood Resilience Project



Monoosnoc Brook Bank Stabilization Project



Shutesbury Road Culvert Enhancement



Barry Park Green Infrastructure Project



Richardson Green Conservation Acquisition



Malden River Works for Waterfront Equity and Resilience



Regulatory Updates to Support Climate Resiliency



Marshfield Long-term Coastal Resiliency Plan



Watershed-based Solutions to Increase Resilience to Harmful Algal Blooms in Santuit Pond in a Warmer and Wetter Climate


Melrose & Upper Mystic Communities

Working Across Boundaries to Minimize Stormwater Flood Damage in the Upper Mystic Watershed


Melrose, Malden, & Medford

Melrose, Malden, and Medford Building Resilience, Efficiency, and Affordability Project



Mendon Town Hall Campus Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Design through Contractor Mobilization


Methuen & Lawrence

Searles Pond/Bloody Brook Corridor Resilience Planning



Armory Village Green Infrastructure Project- Phase II



Flood Resiliency Plan


Natick, Framingham, & Ashland

Building Relationships and Resilience with MetroWest Environmental Justice Neighborhoods


Natick & Charles River Watershed Communities

Building Resilience Across the Charles River Watershed Phase II


New Bedford

New Bedford Green Infrastructure Master Strategy and Implementation Roadmap



Carpenter Road Causeway Alternatives Analysis and Source Water Green Infrastructure Protection Plan



Traphole Brook Flood Prevention and Stream Restoration Project


Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Edgartown, Chilmark, Aquinnah, & Gosnold

Martha's Vineyard and Gosnold Climate Action Plan, Phase II


Peabody & Salem

Peabody-Salem Resilient North River Corridor & Riverwalk Project



Sucker Brook Continuity Restoration



Subterranean Resiliency: Predicting, Assessing and Mitigating Saltwater Intrusion



Gibson Park Resiliency Design and Permitting



Dynamic Adaptation Pathways and Prioritized Resilient Design Solutions for Historic Sandwich Village



Saugus Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan


South Hadley

Queensville Dam Removal Feasibility Study and Buttery Brook Watershed Enhancement



Planimetric Impervious Surface Mapping Project



Klaus Anderson Road/Johnson Brook Replacement Culvert and Green Infrastructure



Trees, Homes, and People/ Creating a More Resilient Living Environment



Stormwater Analysis for Nature-Based Solutions and Community Co-Benefits



Bringing Climate Resilience to Beaver Brook



Equity-Based Community Greening Program



Herring River Restoration Project Phase 1 Final Construction Plans and Bid Specifications


Wellfleet, Truro, Eastham, Brewster, Barnstable, & Bourne

Regional Low Lying Road Assessment and Feasibility



Westford Tree and Invasive Species Inventory and Management Plan with Tree Planting Plan



Resilience Building through Community Visioning and Planning


Winthrop, Boston, & Revere

Belle Isle Marsh: Evaluating Nature Based Solutions to Protect Abutting Communities and Critical Shorebird Habitat from Coastal Inundation



Climate Resilience and Low Impact Development Regulatory Integration and Green Infrastructure Master Plan


Total (66)




In June 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration re-filed its plan to immediately put to use part of Commonwealth’s direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act to support key priorities including housing and homeownership, economic development and local downtowns, job training and workforce development, health care, and infrastructure. As part of the Administration’s proposal to jump-start the Commonwealth’s economic recovery and support residents hardest-hit by COVID-19, such as lower-wage workers and communities of color, Governor Baker would direct $900 million to key energy and environmental initiatives, including $300 million to support climate resilient infrastructure. The funding would be distributed through programs like EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and would fund priority climate adaptation projects and investments aligned with the priorities identified in the state hazard mitigation and climate adaptation plan. Investments that would be supported through the funding include the acquisition of land specifically targeted at reducing flooding and the Urban Heat Island Effect.


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