The MassWorks Infrastructure Program is a competitive grant program that provides a robust and flexible source of capital funds for municipalities and other eligible public entities to complete public infrastructure projects that support and accelerate housing and job growth throughout the Commonwealth.
In 2018, MassWorks will continue its commitment to preparing communities for success and contributing to the long term strength and sustainability of our Commonwealth with a particular emphasis on projects that support the production of multi-family housing in appropriately located walkable mixed-use districts, result in direct and immediate job creation, and/or that support economic development in weak or distressed areas.
This year marks the fourth round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program under the Baker-Polito Administration. From 2015 to 2017, the program has invested over $275 million in 138 public infrastructure projects in 106 of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. MassWorks is a competitive grant program that was launched in 2011 to provide a robust and flexible source of capital funds for municipalities and other eligible public entities to support and accelerate housing and job growth throughout the state.
In August 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The 2018 Economic Development Bill allows for an additional $250 million in capital authorization for this high-impact program.
On May 1, Governor Baker officially announced the opening of the 2018 MassWorks grant round at the Massachusetts Economic Development Summit in Worcester. The MassWorks Program encourages municipalities to apply with projects that have been well planned, exhibit prompt and predictable permitting, and have implemented zoning that supports future growth. By the Aug. 10, 2018 deadline, EHOED had received 107 applications requesting $207.8 million in grant funds.
The 2018 round is yielding 40 grant awards totaling $82,838,964 to 37 communities. This round of awards is expected to leverage $2.9 billion in private investment, 4,431 units of new housing, and over 9,000 full time jobs.
These recommendations are based on internal review by MassWorks staff and outside reviewer comments provided by MassDOT, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, the Regional Planning Agencies and the Smart Growth Alliance.