Nine Massachusetts Communities Receive Urban Agenda Grants

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Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced nine Urban Agenda Grant awards with officials in Revere.

The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $500,000 to nine projects through the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program, created in 2015, seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local economic opportunities through partnership-building, problem solving, and shared accountability in urban centers.

These awards will fund projects in Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, Revere and Springfield. Funding will support workforce development, small businesses, and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Governor Charlie Baker said the grants, “support communities with strong local leadership committed to pursuing high-impact projects. These urban agenda awards will help residents re-enter the workforce, provide technical assistance to small businesses, support entrepreneurs and invest in collaborative partnerships.”

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the program “relies on the strong partnerships between local government, non-profits and the business community that are critical to fostering economic success and building stronger neighborhoods in every region in Massachusetts.”

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the awards “address tough challenges in our urban centers by empowering these important coalitions to identify their resources, work together toward shared goals and create new opportunities for residents.”

In 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3 million in grant funding to thirteen communities for the inaugural round of the Urban Agenda Grant Program. Urban Agenda is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), and offers flexible grant funding to support creative local partnerships. The program is for neighborhoods across Massachusetts that have developed partnerships that leverage existing economic assets, target specific workforce populations, define their economic development and quality of life goals, and deliver on those goals.

Here are frequently asked questions about the Urban Agenda Grant Program.