At MassDevelopment, we provide grant money for programs that are specifically designed to improve economic development and competitiveness across the Commonwealth.
Brownfields Redevelopment Fund - The Brownfields Redevelopment Fund finances the environmental assessment and remediation of brownfield sites in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) of the Commonwealth. The 2016 Economic Development Bill 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. To ensure the Fund’s sustainability and reduce the need for recapitalization, MassDevelopment has adjusted the program to increase repayment from municipalities that benefit from economic development as a result of brownfields funding. That reimbursement would come from a share of tax collections on successful, revenue-producing sites, which benefit both the community and the Commonwealth.
Please also be aware of MassDevelopment's repayment policy for recoverable grants:
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. 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 dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days. Click here for more information and to apply.
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. Click here for more information and to apply.
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.
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