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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $500,000 in Community Compact Grants

56 municipalities, school district to receive assistance with efficiency and regionalization efforts
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  • Executive Office for Administration and Finance
  • Community Compact Cabinet

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Julie Mehegan, Communications Director

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced $500,000 in Efficiency and Regionalization Community Compact Cabinet grants to assist 56 communities across the Commonwealth and one school district in implementing efficiency and regionalization initiatives.

The Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program was started in Fiscal Year 2017 by the Administration to assist municipalities and school districts interested in providing services to their constituents in a more efficient and cost-effective way. Since the program was launched, more than 220 municipalities and school districts have received $4 million in state support.

“Our administration is pleased to continue supporting communities as they partner with their neighbors to improve the delivery of services,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We all share the goal of providing services efficiently to the people of the Commonwealth, and this program reinforces our commitment to serving as a reliable partner for cities and towns.”

“We continue to be impressed with the initiatives that municipalities and school districts have developed to maximize local funding and achieve important efficiencies,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet. “These initiatives will deliver results for communities for many years to come.”

“With these Efficiency and Regionalization grants local officials are identifying the need in their communities and driving the implementation of important reforms, with an assist from the Commonwealth. In the end, local residents and taxpayers are the winners,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan.

The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency and Regionalization grant program provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional planning agencies, and councils of government interested in such projects.

Grant Recipients:

Regionalization/Shared Services

  • Regional Animal Control (Monson, Palmer, Ware, Warren) - $133,000
  • Regional Medical Direction (Canton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, Wrentham) - $85,896
  • Regional Transportation for Senior Citizens (Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport) - $84,557
  • Regional Accounting Services (Franklin Regional Council of Governments – Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately) - $44,100
  • Regional Emergency Responders Online Mapping Portal (Martha’s Vineyard Commission – Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury) - $35,000
  • Shared Human Resources (Nahant, Swampscott) - $70,200

Town/School Consolidation

  • Millis Financial Management - $45,500

"I am pleased Western Mass. has received this funding for regional animal control and that the towns in and around my district are working together to take advantage of grant opportunities,” said Rep. Brian M. Ashe (D-Longmeadow). “This funding will allow these small towns to continue providing needed services without additional cost to the taxpayer. I would also like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for doing a remarkable job working with municipalities on funding for a wide variety of projects.”

“The Franklin Regional Council of Governments has been a statewide leader in identifying ways for communities to explore and successfully implement the regionalization of services,” said Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland). “Our towns are stronger when we work together to maximize efficiencies. I am grateful to FRCOG for recognizing this need and to the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding these funds that will enhance the Regional Accounting Services program.

“This grant award is yet one more piece of evidence of the Franklin Regional Council of Government's strong work on behalf of our small towns, helping them to seek efficiencies where possible so that they can maintain their excellent stewardship of local resources,” said Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “My thanks to the Baker-Polito Administration for its critical support of FRCOG's mission and work.”

“The Martha’s Vineyard Commission continually applies strategic, innovative and smart approaches when helping Dukes County’s seven towns with their shared regional needs,” said Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro).  “The Commonwealth’s Community Compact Cabinet grant for a regional emergency responders online mapping portal will allow the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to work with emergency responders to identify geographically located key assets throughout the county - such as buildings, shelters, fire hydrants, health services, at-risk citizens and schools.  Once the information is gathered, it will be placed online to be accessed electronically, so when an emergency occurs, the response time is shorter - which is a great benefit to public health and safety.”

"I am so happy to have helped work towards securing this key funding for my district. Grants like these Community Compacts grants truly make the biggest difference,” said Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk). “This funding will allow the towns in my district to increase their efficiency, ultimately saving all taxpayers money and making our local governments more responsive to those they serve."

“Grants that encourage efficiencies free up scarce local funds for important needs such as roads, schools and public safety,” said Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead). “I am grateful for the administration’s continued support for towns like Swampscott in planning for and investing in the future.”

“The Vineyard is made up of six unique towns that mutually benefit from regional services, and this grant for a regional emergency responders online mapping portal will help the Martha's Vineyard Commission to explore long-term strategies to make regionalized services more efficient,” said Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth).

“We have found that supporting innovative models of efficiency helps maximize limited resources in rural areas,” said Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D-Pittsfield).  “The Franklin COG works hard every day on behalf of its communities and I know this award will propel their efforts further.”

“I am pleased that the Community Compact Cabinet Efficiency and Regionalization Grant will benefit the Town of Millis,” said Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick). “The funds awarded by this grant program will allow Millis to continue working toward improving the local community, which benefits the entire Commonwealth.”

“It is important to make these kinds of investments to streamline the services we provide to our constituents,” said Rep. Paul McMurtry  (D-Dedham). “I believe this program will go a long way in making medical care more efficient and potentially save lives.” 

“I am very happy that Palmer, Ware, and Warren are benefiting from this valuable program” said Rep. Todd M. Smola (R-Warren). “This is a great example of local communities working together with the Commonwealth to provide essential services.”

“This grant funding will extend new opportunities for seniors to access medical appointments, shop for groceries, visit government buildings like senior centers, and visit friends,” said Sen. Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Receiving this Community Compact Cabinet grant is proof positive that the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport have worked collaboratively, and by acting regionally will give senior citizens the means to stay healthy and connected.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration thoughtfully formed the Community Compact Cabinet, to provide substantial efficiency and regionalization grants to municipalities within the Commonwealth, whom are interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives,” said Sen. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). “A grant of $85,896 for Regional Medical Direction is generously being awarded to this district, encompassing two towns which I represent, Sharon and Canton. I am grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for providing these grants to work with cities, towns, and school districts, so that these municipalities can better serve their residents in a more efficient way.”

About the Community Compact Cabinet:

Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and is composed of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, Energy & Environmental Affairs, and Technology Services and Security, and the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services and the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities. The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations, and accountability for both partners.


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $500,000 in Community Compact Grants

Executive Office for Administration and Finance 

A&F develops and executes cost-effective public policy initiatives and services that ensure the financial stability, efficiency, and effectiveness of state and local government.

Community Compact Cabinet 

The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities.