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Gov. Baker Plans to File $4 Million for Community Compact Grants

Sunday, January 22, 2017

 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker plans to file $4 million for Community Compact grants and $2.8 million of the District Local Technical Assistance Program in their Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget proposal. 

Worcester is one of the 252 cities and towns across Massachusetts that have signed a community compact with the state. 

“Establishing our administration as a reliable and responsive partner for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns has been a top priority since day one. We look forward to building on that commitment through our upcoming budget proposal and continuing all of our work with local officials on making Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Baker. 

Baker also announced that the administration is planning to include $2 million in the FY18 Capital Budget, released in the spring, for the Community Compact IT Grant Program. 

“We are pleased to once again provide this important funding to invest in our communities. We have spent over $15 million on Community Compact programs over the past two operating and capital budgets, and the FY18 commitment will allow this successful program to support best practices at the local government level,” said Secretary Kristen Lepore. 

The Budget 

Baker’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year will also $2 million for the Community Compact’s Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program. Administered in two rounds per fiscal year, the first round of grant applications in FY17 led to $1.25 million in grants for 72 municipalities and 10 school districts. 

The application process for the second round of this fiscal year is currently underway and closes on February 1st.

Additionally, $2.8 million will be included in the FY18 budget proposal to continue funding the District Local Technical Assistance Program, so the state can continue working with the 13 regional planning agencies across the Commonwealth on technical issues dealing with economic development, housing, transportation and environmental projects at the local level

Overall the budget will provide $8.8 million in local grant and community compact funding. 

 

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