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\u2019s 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. \n\n\u201cOur administration recognizes the need for flexible, focused funding for our urban communities and neighborhoods who face unique economic challenges,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThe 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.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe 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,\u201d said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cWe 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.\u201d\n\nHousing 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. \n\n\u201cOur goal is to support economic development that is grounded in collaboration and local leadership development,\u201d said Secretary Jay Ash. \u201cStrong civic engagement and local leadership is critical to the creating the conditions for economic progress and long-term growth.\u201d \n\nThe 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.\n\nThe 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.