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TDI Challenge Grants

TDI Challenge Grants aim to "challenge" Gateway Cities to explore how updated policies and processes can help improve business development and urban vibrancy by providing the funding needed for project implementation. This new tool offers financial support up front to municipalities that commit to making a change in policy, process, or ordinance that will directly advance the goals of the TDI Partnership Workplan. Once that change is complete, TDI partnerships will receive additional funding for programs or projects that the new policies make possible. For example, a city can use up-front TDI Challenge Grants funds for studies, community meetings, and extra staff work needed to advance policy changes that make public-event permitting easier for event organizers, and the remaining grant funds could then be used to implement such public events. This program is expected to be particularly helpful as cities consider ways to make permanent many of the temporary policy changes allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic that assisted businesses and opened up public spaces for new uses.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after March 1, 2021 will not be eligible for FY2021 funding. The program has funding for awards in the range of $20,000-50,000, and all TDI districts and the municipalities receiving support from the TDI Senior Regional Fellow are eligible. This includes the following municipalities:

Attleboro Barnstable Brockton Chelsea Chicopee
Fall River Fitchburg Lawrence Springfield Worcester (Main South)

Click here to view the TDI Challenge Grants Request for Proposals

For more information, contact:

Andrew Levine
TDI Operations Manager
Email: tdi@massdevelopment.com