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The Economic Development Fund (EDF) finances projects and programs that create and/or retain jobs, improve the local and/or regional tax base, or otherwise enhance the quality of life in the community. EDF gives priority assistance for physical improvements in support of job creating/retention and downtown/commercial center revitalization. Historically, EDF has funded a range of economic and community development projects. Currently, program funding is more limited and the following categories of assistance will be considered.
Grants of $100,000 - $750,000 for downtown and commercial center revitalization
Infrastructure improvements (max. grant $500K) supporting investor-owner residential and mixed-use projects
Grants of $100,000 - $500,000 to assist eligible non-profit development organizations
Grants up to $50,000 for planning community economic development projects
Loans of $500,000 - $5,000,000 to assist larger scale, key community economic development projects
Applications will be reviewed for completeness, documentation of application/project thresholds, and responses to project-specific questions and comments (project conditions) included in DHCD's letter of invitation.
To be considered for funding, a proposed activity must meet all thresholds, and must address all project conditions to the satisfaction of DHCD.
In the event there are insufficient funds for all eligible applications, DHCD reserves the right to consider Economic Development Fund applications out of order of receipt based upon a review of the number of jobs to be created or retained, the impact of a project on the local tax base, such as increase in tax revenues, sudden job loss, levels of matching or leveraged funds, or other compelling circumstances.
Municipalities with a population of under 50,000 that do not receive CDBG funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are eligible for CDBG funding. Communities may apply on behalf of a specific developer or eligible non-profit organization.
EDF applicants will be evaluated according to a two-stage process. Online application through Mass CDBG/EDF web-based application. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, based on funding availability. Contact program staff for assistance at 617-573-1400
EDF Application Guidance Information
Appendix A: Eligible CDBG Activities
Appendix B: HUD Low and Moderate Income Data by City and Town
Appendix C: HUD Survey Methodology
Appendix D: Elderly Household Statistics by Community
Appendix E: Low and Moderate Income Limits
Appendix F: Management Organization/ Position Classification & Wage Schedule Guide
Appendix G: Primary Federal Regulations
Appendix H: Massachusetts Entitlement Communities (FY 2013)
Appendix I: Public Facilities Projects – Phases of Design
Appendix J: Baseline Information Form - Slums & Blight
Appendix K: Property and Infrastructure Rating Sheet – Slums & Blight
Appendix L: Green/Sustainable Space Building and Energy Star Guidance
Appendix M: EDF Glossary of Terms
Appendix N: EDF Job Monitoring Packet