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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration opens second round of Urban Agenda funding

Governor's Office and HED offer grants for community driven improvements in Massachusetts cities
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  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

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Samantha Kaufman, Deputy Director of Communications

LAWRENCE, MA The Baker-Polito Administration has opened the second round of the Urban Agenda Grant Program to fund community-driven initiatives that build leadership, collaboration, and capacity at the local level. The Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda is focused on promoting economic vitality and cultivating safer, stronger urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts. In 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3 million in grant funding to thirteen communities.

“Our administration recognizes the need for flexible, focused funding for our urban communities and neighborhoods who face unique economic challenges,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Urban Agenda program prioritizes partnership, collaboration and civic engagement, allocating resources to coordinate efforts and leverage existing economic assets to provide jobs and build stronger communities across the Commonwealth.”

“We are thrilled to announce a new round of Urban Agenda grants that will bolster creative, local partnerships to address the needs of our urban communities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We believe strongly that our communities are best equipped to understand the depth of their challenges and develop local solutions with these resources to address them.”

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced the round opening at the MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute 5th Annual Awards Ceremony. The second round of Urban Agenda grants will focus on supporting projects based on collaborative work models to unlock economic opportunities for urban communities. The Federal Reserve Bank Boston, through their research and the Working Cities Challenge, has highlighted collaborative work models as particularly promising in pursuing systems-level changes to help urban centers drive long-term, economic and social success.

“Our goal is to support economic development that is grounded in collaboration and local leadership development,” said Secretary Jay Ash. “Strong civic engagement and local leadership is critical to the creating the conditions for economic progress and long-term growth.”

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will support economic development projects across a broad range of initiatives that leverage existing economic and social assets, and prioritize collective impact and shared accountability. Successful applications will require participation and support from a variety of community-based organization and municipal leaders.

The program has up to $500,000 available for this round. Individual grants, up to $100,000, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications can be found on our website. Applications are due Dec. 22, 2017.


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Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and members of their administration are committed to making Massachusetts the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development promotes vibrant communities, growing businesses, and a strong middle class.


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