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MassWorks Infrastructure Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities and Agencies
for the Improvement of Public Infrastructure

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

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08/09/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities and other public agencies for capital public infrastructure improvement projects. Additional funding is available to small towns for road and bridge repairs and construction. Funding is intended for projects that accelerate and support housing production, spur private development, and create jobs throughout the Commonwealth. Applicants are advised to apply only for projects that are shovel ready, meaning prepared to begin construction within the next construction season.

Per§63, the primary purpose of the MassWorks Program is: to issue grants to municipalities and other public instrumentalities for design, construction, building, land acquisition, rehabilitation, repair and other improvements to publicly-owned infrastructure including, but not limited to, sewers, utility extensions, streets, roads, curb-cuts, parking, water treatment systems, telecommunications systems, transit improvements, public parks and spaces within urban renewal districts, and pedestrian and bicycle ways.

In the 2019 MassWorks Round, EOHED is seeking to increase its investments in projects that help to advance the Commonwealth’s housing production goals, particularly in communities using the Housing Choice designation and/or other community planning and development tools to create new housing. MassWorks will continue its commitment to helping communities prepare for success and contribute to the long term strength and sustainability of the Commonwealth, with a particular emphasis on the production of multi-family housing in appropriately located walkable, mixed-use districts that result in direct and immediate job creation and/or that support new economic development activity in weak or distressed areas.

Generally, the most competitive applications are those that: a) leverage private development that aligns with the sustainable development goals of the Commonwealth, b) are advanced in their planning and permitting, c) meet most if not all of the program’s spending targets, and d) are ready to begin in the upcoming construction season.

For information on eligible projects and costs, see:

For information on the Commonwealth’s Sustainable Development Principles:

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GrantWatch ID#: 173689

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 30-40 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no set maximum or minimum amount that can requested for a MassWorks grant, except in the case of STRAP or as might otherwise be indicated by statute.

The maximum amount a single town may request for a STRAP project is $1 million. Two or more qualified communities may submit a joint STRAP application requesting over $1 million for a single project serving multiple towns, however, if awarded, each town cannot receive more than $1 million.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Massachusetts city or town, acting by and through its municipal officers or by and through any agency designated by such municipal officers to act on their behalf, or a public entity, may apply to the program for a grant in a specific amount to fund a specified public infrastructure improvement project. Two or more municipalities may apply jointly, with one municipality or another public entity acting as fiscal agent. MassWorks grants can be in addition to other forms of local, state, and federal assistance that the applicant might receive.

A proposed project must be for construction work on land and/or infrastructure that is already publicly owned or will be acquired through public leasehold, right-of-way or easement.

Small Town Road Assistance Program (STRAP) Grants:

The STRAP grant is open only to small towns, defined as having a population of 7,000 or less that are seeking funds for road or bridge construction/repair to address roadway safety concerns. (Qualification will be based on the most recent decennial US Census or similar data from the US Census Bureau.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

EOHED will host two informational conference calls to review this RFR and answer general questions about the program and grant round. Conference telephone number and access codes will be posted on the MassWorks webpage. The sessions have been scheduled as follows:

- June 5, 2019, 10:00AM - 11:00AM, and
- June 12, 2019, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Aug. 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Completed applications will be accepted electronically, via the online portal, between July 29, 2019 and August 9, 2019.

Match funds are not required, however, applications that include funding support from other government or private sources (particularly local funds) will be more competitive.

NOTE: The MassWorks statute no longer restricts small towns to applying and/or receiving a STRAP grant only once every three years. Eligible small towns may apply for STRAP in any round regardless of when they last received a STRAP grant.

Evaluation of applications takes place over six to eight weeks, and awards are announced on a rolling basis starting in October for projects to begin construction the following spring.

MassWorks grant funds are disbursed on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Attn: MassWorks Program
1 Ashburton Place, Suite 2101
Boston, MA 02108

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