Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Community Compact Grants

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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2 million in Community Compact Cabinet (CCC) grants to assist 92 communities and 8 School Districts across the Commonwealth.

The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program provides financial support for governmental entities interested regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants provides funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.

The Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program was started by the administration in 2016 to assist municipalities and school districts interested in providing services to their constituents in a more efficient and cost-effective way. In Fiscal Year 2017, the administration awarded $2 million to over 110 municipalities and 18 school districts.

Governor Charlie Baker said the Community Compact Cabinet was created “to enhance state government’s role as a reliable partner for municipalities. We are proud to announce this year’s round of grants to help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together to share services that will better serve their constituents in a more cost-effective manner.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of Cabinet said the Administration is “committed to using these grants to work with cities, towns, and school districts to better serve their residents and make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan said the CCC grant program “provides local leaders with the flexibility and support to pursue projects that best fit their communities.”

Read more about the Community Compact Cabinet here.

Grant Recipients:

Regionalization / Shared Services
• Mosquito Control District (Deerfield, Bernardston, Conway, East Longmeadow, Hadley, Montague, Northampton, Palmer, Shelburne, Southampton, South Hadley) – $150,000
• Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Regional IT (Blandford, Chester, Cummington, Huntington, Montgomery, and the Gateway RSD) – $150,000
• Shared Fire/EMS (Halifax, Plympton) – $132,300
• Regional IT (Danvers, Essex, Hamilton, Wenham) – $100,000
• Regional Animal Control (Palmer, Monson, Ware, Warren) – $67,000
• Regional Public Health Nurse (Avon, Holbrook, Randolph) – $46,000
• Metropolitan Area Planning Council Regional Opioid Programming (Chelsea, Medford, Winthrop) – $36,500
• Regional Treasury/Collections (Berkley, Cheshire, Chester, Conway, Egremont, Hawley, Heath, Middlefield, Oakham, Royalston, Tyringham, Washington, Windsor) – $22,109

Regional Economic Development
• Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Regional Economic Development Director (Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham) – $95,000
• Regional Economic Development (Dedham, Norwood, Westwood) – $50,000
• Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Regional Economic Development (Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury) – $50,000
• Rural Economic Development Planning (Chester, Blandford, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell) – $42,339

Regional Wastewater
• Cohasset, Hull, Scituate – $200,000
• Barnstable, Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth – $150,000
• Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich (with Joint Base Cape Cod) – $140,000

Regional Transportation
• Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott) – $125,300
• Martha’s Vineyard Commission Regional Transportation Planner (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury) – $100,000
• Bedford, Burlington, Lexington – $85,000

Schools
• Regional School District Consolidation / Collaboration (Gill-Montague RSD, Franklin Co. Tech, Pioneer Valley RSD) – $109,998
• Add Member to Old Colony Regional VocTech (Freetown schools) – $30,000
• Exploration of Regionalization (Amherst and Pelham schools) – $21,500

Efficiencies
• Gardner Combined Dispatch – $82,952
• Williamsburg Police Records/Reporting – $10,350