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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.

Listen to the Oct. 11, 2019 Bidder’s Conference Call

Program Information

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for a FY2020 round of the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program is seeking proposals from eligible municipalities for projects that entail community-driven responses to community-defined economic opportunities, and that build leadership, collaboration, and capacity at the local level.

This program is designed to support community economic development that is grounded in collaboration and local leadership development. Urban communities that meet certain household income benchmarks (median household income less than 90 percent of the state’s average income) are eligible to apply.

EOHED intends for the grant program to serve both Gateway and non-Gateway cities, of varying sizes. Applications must be spearheaded by the eligible municipality in partnership with a main community organization, one of which shall act as the lead applicant.

This year’s Urban Agenda Program will incorporate recommendations provided by the Black and Latino Advisory Commissions. Applications that contribute to a coordinated effort to increase entrepreneurship and workforce opportunities of Black and Latino populations, will be the most competitive in this year’s program. Projects are encouraged to enhance partnerships from within the Black and Latino communities and prioritize changes that will enhance community partnerships, strengthen small business, increase workforce participation, and expand opportunity in a way that drives diversity and inclusiveness.

For reference and access to the Commissions’ reports:

Black Advisory Commission

Latino Advisory Commission


Key Dates/Notes

Application Opens Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
Application Deadline Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Awards Notification/Contracting December 2019
Anticipated Contract Start January 2020 - Exact timeline and schedule to be negotiated during contract phase
Conference Call for Potential Applicants

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. Participation is not required and no registration is necessary.

Phone: 866-692-3580 - Code 645 189 229

Announcement of the last round of Urban Agenda grants in 2019

Urban Agenda 2020 RFP and Guidelines

Urban Agenda 2020 Application

Frequently Asked Questions