Urban Agenda Grant Program

The Administration’s Urban Agenda is focused on supporting economic vitality and cultivating stronger urban neighborhoods across the entire Commonwealth

The Baker-Polito Administration recognizes that urban centers face unique economic and quality of life challenges, and that the path to success lies in tapping into the unique local assets that they already possess, rather than in one-size-fits-all directives from government. The Urban Agenda grant program offers funding, on a competitive basis, to local partnerships in selected urban communities, to implement projects that are based on creative collaborative work models with the goal advancing and achieving economic progress.

Program Information

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for the FY2022 round.

The Urban Agenda Grant Program is now part of the Community One Stop for Growth, a single application portal and collaborative review process of community and economic development grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum. This process will streamline the experience for the applicant and better coordinate programs and staff on engagement and grant making. It will also reorient the State from a passive reviewer of funding requests to an active partner in economic growth strategy, priorities, and investment. Access to this program is now exclusively available through the One Stop. Learn more about the One Stop.

The program is designed to support community economic development that is grounded in collaboration and local leadership development. Generally, applicants should base their project proposal on locally significant economic opportunities. The key is that the project be in direct response to a need or opportunity that the community group has identified and deemed important. The primary funding priorities of the program, based on the development continuum outlined in the Community One Stop for Growth, will be Early Stage Strategy Development and Strategy Implementation by an Existing Cross-Sector Consortium or Coalition.

Given the unprecedented and far-reaching impact of the global pandemic, EOHED will prioritize projects that are developing and/or implementing strategies related to Covid-19 recovery efforts. Applicants should describe the most significant challenges faced by the community and the collaborative approaches that will be pursued to address them.

Finally, EOHED will continue to give special consideration to projects that align with the recommendations outlined in the 2018 reports issued by the Governor’s Black Advisory and Latino Advisory Commissions. This is particularly important due to the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities.

For reference and access to the Commissions’ reports:

Black Advisory Commission

Latino Advisory Commission

How to Apply / Key Dates

Information on how to apply to the Urban Agenda Program can be found at mass.gov/onestop.

For Specific Program Rules see the Guidelines:

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022 @ 11:59 PM