At MassDevelopment, we provide grant money for programs that are specifically designed to improve economic development and competitiveness across the Commonwealth.
Brownfields grants for statutorily grant-eligible entities may be applied for in two ways – either on a rolling basis for projects with an identified development opportunity, or through the Community One Stop for Growth for projects without an identified developer. Separate links are available below.
Brownfields Rolling Applications
Brownfields Redevelopment Fund - The Brownfields Redevelopment Fund finances the environmental assessment and remediation of brownfield sites in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) of the Commonwealth. In 2016, An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (St. 2016, Ch.219), championed by Governor Baker and enacted by the legislature, authorized $45 million over ten years from the Commonwealth’s capital budget for the fund. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $100,000 in site assessment funding, and/or up to $500,000 in remediation funding.
Apply here if you are a Brownfields Redevelopment Fund grant-eligible entity (municipalities and its agencies, CDCs, EDICs, or Economic Development Authorities) that already has an identified development opportunity with a committed developer in place.
Brownfields through the Community One Stop for Growth
A portion of the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund program – specifically for municipalities and their agencies or authorities seeking environmental assessment or remediation of municipally-owned or controlled sites without an identified developer - is also 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. The One Stop streamlines the experience for the applicant and better coordinates programs and staff on engagement and grant making. It reorients the Commonwealth from a passive reviewer of funding requests to an active partner in economic development strategy, priorities, and investment.
Access to this specific portion of the program is now available through the One Stop. For more information, including key dates, frequently asked questions, and instructions on submitting an Expression of Interest and Full Application, please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/community-one-stop-for-growth.
Collaborative Workspace Program through the Community One Stop for Growth
The Collaborative Workspace Program provides funds to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation and entrepreneurial activity in Massachusetts communities, by supporting infrastructure that funds community-based innovation. Owners and Operators of collaborative workspaces may apply for either fit-out grants of up to $100,000 for new equipment or building improvements, or seed grants of up to $15,000 for planning money to advance the development of new collaborative workspaces. Click here for more information and to apply.
Commonwealth Places provides a creative funding mechanism to advance community placemaking projects throughout Massachusetts. The statewide program will help fund place-based, community-driven projects – art installations, parks, bike trails, markets, and more – that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. The program aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform with the incentive of a funding match from MassDevelopment. Click here for more information and to apply.
Community Health Center Grant Program
The Community Health Center Grant Program (CHCGP) provides grants of up to $50,000 to community health centers in Massachusetts for infrastructure projects, which include construction, renovation, equipment, furniture, and technology-related projects (including training). All licensed community health centers in Massachusetts are invited to apply on an annual basis. The next round will open in the Fall of 2022.
Cultural Facilities Fund
The Cultural Facilities Fund is an initiative to increase public and private investment in cultural facilities throughout the state. The program is administered jointly with the Massachusetts Cultural Council for 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. Three types of grants are available:
- Capital Grants for the acquisition, design, construction, repair, renovation, and rehabilitation of a cultural facility.
- Feasibility and Technical Assistance Grants for the planning and assessment of a cultural facility.
- Systems Replacement Grants for 20-year capital needs assessments of buildings and mechanical systems.
Eligible facilities include but are not limited to:
- Historic sites
- Concert halls
- Exhibition spaces
Additionally, these facilities must be:
- Owned, leased, or used by one or more nonprofit cultural organizations; and
- Accessible to the public
To be eligible, public or private institutions of higher education that own cultural facilities must:
- Provide service and open access to the community and the general public beyond their educational mission; and
- Demonstrate financial need
To be eligible, facilities owned by municipalities must be at least:
- 50,000 square feet (or at least 125 years old); and
- 50% devoted to cultural purposes
All grants must be matched by contributions from the private or public sector.
Visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for more information and to apply.
Taxi & Livery Support
The Taxi & Livery Support program offers grants to taxi, livery, and hackney operators to secure products or services that will improve their competitiveness and enhance their safety capabilities in the rapidly evolving market of for-hire transportation. Click here for more information and to apply.
TDI Creative Catalyst
MassDevelopment’s TDI Creative Catalyst Grant program is a competitive grant program through which individuals and organizations in current and graduated Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) districts can apply for grants of between $20,000 to $40,000 to support public-facing projects that serve to enhance local arts and cultural infrastructure. Click here for more information and to apply.