Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program

The Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program seeks proposals for projects and programming located within eligible communities that entail community-driven responses to community-defined economic opportunities.

Modeled on EOHED’s Urban Agenda Program, the Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program seeks proposals for projects and programming located within eligible communities that entail community-driven responses to community-defined economic opportunities, and that build leadership, collaboration, and capacity at the local level. The Administration recognizes that some communities face unique challenges, and that the path to success lies in tapping into and strengthening the unique local assets that they already possess.

Program Information

The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce the availability of funds through the Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program, which seeks to develop, strengthen, and invest in community-led efforts that are working to bring positive economic outcomes to communities that face historically disproportionate challenges to economic growth. Specifically, the program was developed to support communities with high rates of incarceration and/or recidivism, widespread poverty, and large groups of disadvantaged and underrepresented populations.

The program is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and offers flexible grant funding to support local partnerships. The program is designed to support projects in communities and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth, that are led by community collaborations, to carry out programming that meets the stated goals of the program, as outlined in the state budget line item.

The program will make general operating grants, on a competitive basis, primarily to projects proposing to mitigate the negative impacts of incarceration through education, training, and small business development, as well as recovery, prevention, and other social support services to individuals and families, that to help reduce justice system involvement.

The Commonwealth’s economic development plan, Partnerships for Growth, highlights Equitable Opportunity as a guiding principle – noting that opportunity and growth to people and places that have not fully benefitted from the state’s overall prosperity, will have significant positive effects on families and communities. In addition, the Governor’s Black and Latino Advisory Commissions both published reports outlining strategies that emphasized workforce advancement and business competitiveness as critical to advancing equity and increasing economic outcome in communities that have historically been disadvantaged, and the Administration believes that these recommendations offer a clear path forward for progress.

For reference and access to the Commissions’ reports:

Black Advisory Commission

Latino Advisory Commission

How to Apply / Key Dates

The Application Deadline was November 30, 2021 @ 5:00 PM. New submissions are no longer being accepted.

Community Empowerment FY22 RFP (PDF)

Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program FY22 Budget Form (to be completed and uploaded into the application)

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ Community Empowerment FY22 11.12.2021

Informational Webinar

Download a copy of the webinar presentation: Community Empowerment FY2022 Webinar Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ Community Empowerment FY22 11.12.2021

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