Massachusetts has launched a new infrastructure program – MassWorks, which will act as a clearinghouse for municipalities looking for infrastructure funding. The state hopes to streamline economic development initiatives statewide by consolidating existing infrastructure programs into one single program under MassWorks.
MassWorks is designed to help cities and towns with the process of applying for infrastructure grants and services by offering a more efficient single process for all infrastructure related applications. The six programs consolidated under MassWorks are:
• Public Works Economic Development (PWED)
• Community Development Action Grant (CDAG)
• Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grants
• Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE)
• Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP)
• Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.
The program will provide municipalities with a single solicitation schedule for all of these programs and they can apply using a single application. A single set of grant rules and reporting requirements will also be in place for all programs. The Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development will oversee the MassWorks Infrastructure Program with input from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.
“This improved process will further streamline state resources and provide cities and towns greater access to these services as we continue to put people back to work in the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray