Senator Markey and Senator Warren submitted the following Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) federal funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee for important community projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Under guidelines issued by the Senate Appropriations Committee, each Senator may request CDS funding for projects in their state for fiscal year 2022. However, only a small number of these proposals may actually receive federal funding. CDS requests are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive CDS funding. In compliance with Senate Rules and Senate Appropriations Committee requirements, Senator Warren has certified that she, her spouse, and immediate family have no financial interest in any of these submitted CDS requests. This page will be updated on a rolling basis to comply with Senate Appropriations Subcommittee deadlines and requirements.
NOTE: The projects are listed alphabetically by project name.
Project Name: Haven from Hunger Food Pantry and Community Meals Program Amount Requested: $50,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Citizens Inn, Inc., 81 Main Street, Peabody, MA 01960 Location: Peabody, Salem, and Lynnfield, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would support Citizens Inn, Inc. in addressing increased demand at their food pantry, Haven from Hunger, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has meant higher cost operations in staffing, vehicle and transportation costs, and increased costs related to food and supplies. Citizens Inn anticipates this new demand level will remain through FY22 and the need for additional support will subside.
Project Name: Lenox Lower Housatonic Street Reconstruction Project Amount Requested: $5,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Lenox, 6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240 Location: Lenox, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would be used for the complete reconstruction of Lower Housatonic Street in Lenox, MA, an important project for the local community. It will improve safety on the roadway for all users, especially pedestrians and cyclists, and will increase resilience to climate change by improving stormwater drainage along miles of road, through and along wetland areas. The replacement of water and sewer lines will increase fiscal efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Project Name: Town of Princeton New Fire/EMS Headquarters Amount Requested: $10,950,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Princeton, 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 01541 Location: Princeton, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would be used by the Town of Princeton for the completion of a new fire/EMS headquarters. This 12,000 square foot building will house Fire/EMS headquarters and Police. It replaces a building constructed in 1890 which has numerous building code, fire code, life safety, ADA, and functional deficiencies.
Project Name: Grid Resilience and Equity in the Energy Transition Amount Requested: $950,000 Intended Recipient and Address: University of Massachusetts Amherst, 374 Whitmore Building, Amherst, MA 01003 Location: Central and Western Massachusetts Explanation of Request: This funding would be used to expand the University of Massachusetts Energy Transition Institute (ETI) to address the need for grid resilience and the climate crisis. Many Massachusetts communities are at risk of being left behind when it comes to clean energy as. cities suffer from poor air quality and high asthma rates. Research and engagement efforts at ETI will center vulnerable communities and work with them on developing solutions to grid resilience, heating electrification, and clean power generation. Solutions developed for Massachusetts communities can be adapted and scaled for use across the Northeast and across the country. ETI’s partnership with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Corporation (MMWEC) will benefit municipal utilities in towns in Central and Western MA as they future-proof their electric and broadband infrastructure. In collaboration with Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, ETI researchers plan to engage directly with families and residents in Holyoke, MA to support community-based planning for their local energy transition.
Project Name: Merrimack Spur Jetty, MA Amount Requested: $250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Newburyport, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 Location: Newburyport, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would allow the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to conduct a Project Conditions Survey to analyze the negative effects of the rebuilt South Jetty of the Merrimack River on coastal erosion on Plum Island within the City of Newburyport. The Study would provide information on how the ACOE could alleviate the tidal gyre caused by the South Jetty resulting in rapid coastal erosion that is significantly increasing the vulnerability of Plum Island, putting residents and public infrastructure at risk. ACOE will be placing a significant amount of dredged sand on North Point Plum Island in the near future at a significant cost, and it’s important to mitigate the negative effects of the rebuilt jetty as soon as possible to slow erosion to historic rates (1 to 2 feet per year) and not lose this additional sand to erosion.
Project Name: The Regional Saugus River Flood Protection Project Amount Requested: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address:Location: Revere, Saugus, Lynn, Malden, and Everett, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would be used by the City of Revere and its surrounding communities to support the Regional Saugus River Flood Protection Project, a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to complete the Regional Saugus River Flood Protection Study. The project aims to analyze current and future flood risk region and recommend a hybrid solution of nature based approaches and grey infrastructure to advance regional resiliency strategies for climate adaptation and flood mitigation measures. The Saugus and Pines River area has sustained repetitive flood damage for decades and the recent MA-Flood Risk Model predicts that the already vulnerable conditions are exacerbated by climate change and sea-level rise impacting Environmental Justice populations and Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
Project Name: Stone Zoo Solar Power Project Amount Requested: $3,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Stoneham, MA Location: Stoneham, MA Explanation of Request: This funding would be used by Stone Zoo for the purchase and installation of a solar panels project that could meet or exceed 90% of Stone Zoo's energy needs. This project would have a regional environmental and cost saving benefit. The power generated by this project is estimated to be the equivalent of planting 800 acres of trees or avoiding burning 700,000 pounds of coal annually. Its leadership in the area of clean energy generation will certainly be a local and nationwide example of what is possible for other zoological facilities nationwide. Further the reduced utility costs will help to create greater financial stability for Stone Zoo.
Project Name: Virtual Cybersecurity Training Simulator Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater MA 02325 Location: Bridgewater, MA and surrounding communities Explanation of Request: This funding would be used for the expansion and development of affordable, world-class cybersecurity and cyber-criminology education and training programing at Bridgewater State University. This includes the acquisition of an enterprise cyber range, which would be the first of its kind in Massachusetts, which would enable students and constituents to apply, hone, and elevate their cybersecurity skills. The cyber range would be a resource for the Commonwealth, providing cybersecurity training to municipalities, local K-12 schools, community colleges, public and private universities, state agencies, law enforcement, the military, and private businesses.
Project Name: Behavioral Health Intervention Services for Young People Driving Violence Across Massachusetts Amount Requested: $678,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Roca, Inc., 845 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02119 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This requested funding would allow Roca to develop a pilot project to deliver behavioral health services to 1,000 of our most disengaged young people and young parents to address spiking violence and trauma among young people in urban communities across Massachusetts. The project would fund five highly trained behavioral health case managers and one cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) coach to train criminal justice partners. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this would further enhance Roca’s effective work to help young people and system leaders address the trauma that drives violent behavior. Roca seeks to demonstrate the impact on community violence that can be achieved by connecting the young people who drive urban violence, those heavily impacted by substance abuse and trauma, with appropriate clinical and behavioral health care.\
Project Name: Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) Amount Requested: $250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Boston Medical Center, 1 Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02118 Location: Boston, MA including the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, South End, Hyde Park, and South Boston. Project Purpose: The requested funding would be used by Boston Medical Center (BMC) for the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), which was founded in 2006 to respond to the needs of victims of community violence and the families of those impacted by violence and homicide to recover from physical and emotional trauma. With the knowledge that violent injury is the strongest predictor of future violent injury, VIAP’s mission is to assist victims of violence and their families to recover from physical and emotional trauma and empower them with skills, services and opportunities so they may return to their communities, make positive changes in their lives, strengthen others who have been affected by violence, and contribute to building better communities.
Project Name: Framingham Joint Dispatch Center Amount Requested: $250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Framingham, 150 Concord St, Framingham, MA 01702 Location: Framingham, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would be used by the City of Framingham for a feasibility study and preliminary design studies to determine how much to raise and appropriate from local tax revenue to build a Joint Dispatch Center. If it is determined that there should be Inter-Municipal Agreements developed for the project, then there could also be a grant application to the State’s Regional 911 Center grants. It is anticipated that the preliminary phase of the project would be fully funded and completed with the earmark funds requested.
Project Name: Hampden County Sheriff’s Office Managed Access System (MAS) to Prevent Illicit Cellphones in Prison Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Hampden County Sheriff’s Office, 627 Randall Road, Ludlow, MA 01056 Location: Hampden County, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would be used by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office to establish a Managed Access System (MAS) will help ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and inmates, as well as the general public.
Project Name: Life Sciences Spinout Innovation Center at the Kostas Research Institute (KRI) Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Northeastern University, Innovation Campus at Burlington, 147 S Bedford St, Burlington, MA 01803 Location: Burlington, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would create a Life Sciences Spinout Innovation Center at Northeastern University to build out its capacity to house and serve more early-stage companies within its facilities on Innovation Campus at Burlington (ICBM). This investment would facilitate the creation of a shared wet lab facility within Elliott Hall on ICBM, to enable new early-stage life sciences companies to join the campus and be part of the already-established vibrant innovation ecosystem. These new companies would be co-located alongside Northeastern’s Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory (BATL), which is committed to enabling innovative biopharmaceutical education, global regulatory convergence, industry partnerships and use-inspired research for the benefit of patients worldwide. This new space will also enable ICBM’s Department of Defense partners to interact with small companies working at the cutting edge of biomedical sciences.
Project Name: Mental Health First Aid Training for Public Safety Professionals Amount Requested: $1,700,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612 Location: Paxton, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would be used by Anna Maria College to increase the number of instructors in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) across all public safety sectors: law enforcement, fire science, paramedic medicine, corrections, etc. This project would establish a permanent Institute at Anna Maria that will ultimately serve the entire spectrum of public safety professionals and civilians throughout Massachusetts, to adequately and appropriately respond to individuals with mental illness. In addition, it will provide the resources needed to integrate MHFA Training across the college’s curriculum to ensure that every student graduates with MHFA certification upon entering the workforce.
Project Name: Public Safety Communication Infrastructure Reliability Project for Police and Fire in the Town of Saugus Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Saugus, 298 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 Location: Saugus, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would be utilized by the Town of Saugus tp upgrade and replace the legacy police and fire communications infrastructure due to end of life and product support as the equipment is over 12 years old. The current Town of Saugus Police and Fire Department radio communication systems are configured with transmitter and receiver devices located throughout the town in various locations to provide coverage for the portable and mobile radios to operate effectively. These complex, vital, mission-critical systems require connectivity between the multiple devices and their remote locations back to the headquarters dispatch and control equipment. The current method of connectivity is leased copper circuits provided by Verizon. These antiquated copper circuits are prone to regular failure and are increasingly unreliable. These failures result in faulty radio communication, impeding police and fire units in the field. Verizon no longer supports these copper circuits, meaning the Town relies on a vendor service contract. Finding parts to make the repairs is continuously growing more difficult as the obsolete infrastructure deteriorates. The Town must choose another method of connectivity to support the public safety communication systems. The town also plans to utilize this funding to expand the existing town-owned fiber optic network currently installed.
Project Name: Springfield Science Museum Upgrades Amount Requested: $750,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Springfield Museums Corporation, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103 Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would support Springfield Museums to upgrade and install immersive exhibits and technology improvements in FY22. This project would strengthen the Springfield Science Museum’s role as the principal STEM learning center for Western Massachusetts. This request amplifies their mission by modernizing and connecting signature museum assets within their Astronomy Hall in order to make the wonders of the night sky accessible to learners and enthusiasts near and far. The upgrades include: the Seymour Planetarium, the Rooftop Observatory, and a Tactile Exhibit for blind and low-vision visitors, visitors with disabilities and neuro-diverse learners.
Project Name: A sustainable pathway to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM undergrad education: a climate change initiative Amount Requested: $1,677,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would provide Worcester State University (WSU) with the necessary resources to grow the Massachusetts trained workforce and increase the desperately needed diversity in STEM. The project would develop strong pathways for students to enter STEM fields and allow WSU to further establish recruiting of diverse STEM students. This project would increase access and success for under-represent incoming college students in STEM. Increasing college retention rates are beneficial to Massachusetts’ community and fiscal stability. The program aims to provide incoming students a transformative summer experience on regional climate change that includes lab, field, computational education and research. Students will be enrolled in a newly developed climate minor retaining student involvement in climate science while at WSU.
Project Name: Town Brook Herring Run Restoration Project at Jenney Pond Dam Amount Requested: $6,123,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Plymouth, 26 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360 Location: Plymouth, MA Project Purpose: The requested funding would be used by the Town of Plymouth for the repair and upgrade of Jenney Pond Dam, construction of a bypass channel, and dredging of the Jenney Pond impoundment. The project would take place along Town Brook and is part of the Town Brook Restoration Program. This critical infrastructure project would be the culmination of a decades-long partnership between local, state and federal agencies to restore fisheries on a stream that had been negatively impacted by the presence of unsafe, derelict dams. The Jenney Pond Dam site is one of the most important historic and cultural sites in the town, with public spaces, trails, restaurants, museums and natural resources all in close proximity leading to a unique mix of economic activity.
Project Name: New England Aquarium Main Building Repairs Amount Requested: $4,458,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 Location: Boston Project Purpose: The New England Aquarium requires funding for maintenance, upgrades, signage and other capital items needed to preserve the Aquarium’s Main Building located on Central Wharf in downtown Boston. The building exterior is a Brutalist design and the exterior was constructed via poured concrete with precast concrete panels infilling the spaces between the columns and beams. Caulking fills the joints between the structural members and the precast panels. The southern façade of the building has been exposed to an inordinate amount of weathering owing to the fact that it faces the opening of Boston Harbor, is exposed to solar heating with freeze and thaw in the winter, and is in close proximity to salt water-animal holding systems immediately in its interior.
Project Name: BHCC Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship and Training (ECET) Amount Requested: $377,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA 02129 Location: Chelsea and Everett, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to develop an online entrepreneurship learning center, Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship and Training (ECET), to support residents and small businesses in Chelsea, Everett and adjacent communities. Small businesses make up most of the area’s economic base, but they have been devastated by COVID-19, especially the small business in communities of color. As much as 41% of black owned businesses have faltered during the pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. This represents lost economic activity as well as lost jobs crucial to the vitality of diverse communities. The ECET will provide needed small business guidance and assistance in multiple languages through online consultation, and workshops to address talent recruitment, career readiness, business planning and innovation planning. ECET will be created by hiring qualified organizational staff composed of a coordinator, administrative support staff and bilingual faculty. Consultants and other business leaders will be brought in to mentor emerging and struggling businesses. BHCC students in the Business Associate degree program will participate with “Learn and Earn” internships and other learning opportunities.
Project Name: Shared Services MA Amount Requested: : $1,330,000 Intended Recipient and Address: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would be used for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to scale Shared Services MA statewide. Shared Services MA provides business training and peer support networks for family child care (FCC) providers who face many challenges including isolation, limited resources and support staff, and lack of business expertise. To date, Shared Services MA has trained over 200 FCC educators in Boston, Lowell, Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett and mobilized more than 1,000 early educators to access free resources on business and pedagogical best practices. Specifically, this funding would be used to invest in workforce development for 200 additional early educators, provide one-time stabilization stipends of $2,500 to these front-line workers who have been sustaining our economy, and ensure that 1,200 additional children in Massachusetts are screened for developmental milestones. This funding would also improve the quality of FCC services by increasing the capacity of FCC businesses to collect data and conduct developmental screenings for children. United Way’s DRIVE initiative screens children 0 to 5 for developmental milestones using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and connects them with resources to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Project Name: Argilla Road Reconstruction, Ipswich, MA Building a New Model for Climate Resilient Coastal Roads Amount Requested: $3,600,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Ipswich, 25 Green St, Ipswich, MA 01938 Location: Ipswich, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Ipswich for the Argilla Road Reconstruction Project, which would include raising Argilla Road and installing new, larger culverts, which will prevent road flooding for decades to come. This road experiences periodic flooding from high tides and storm surges and by 2030, Argilla Road is projected to be chronically inundated with water nearly every day during high tide - making passage impossible for more than 350,000 residents and visitors to Crane Beach every year and negatively impacting the town and region’s economy. The project will also allow tidal flows to move naturally through the Great Marsh, helping to make the marsh healthier and more resilient to climate impacts, and will strengthen a naturally resilient ecosystem, protecting people and critical wildlife habitat while also supporting fisheries and the overall ecosystem. This critical infrastructure project will serve as a new model for other coastal communities throughout Massachusetts and nationally, as cities and towns prepare for increased coastal flooding due to sea level rise, storm surge, tidal flooding and other climate impacts.
Project Name: City of Fall River Battleship Cove Off Street Parking and Pier Improvement Project Amount Requested: $1,050,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Fall River Location: Fall River, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Fall River for capital improvement to the Battleship Cove Waterfront District. The city plans to relocate two existing Salt Sheds located on state property, combine that property with city-owned property to create and additional 200 off-street parking spaces and a pedestrian access corridor to abutting public and private attractions and provide cathodic protection to a recently remediated waterfront pier facility that will be open for passive recreation and transient dockage/boating purposes.
Project Name: Border to Boston Trail Gap Design Amount Requested: $1,200,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Essex National Heritage Commission, 10 Federal Street, Suite 12, Salem, MA 01970 Location: Essex County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Essex National Heritage Commission for the Border to Boston Trail network, which will increase recreational and transportation opportunities for communities throughout Essex County, MA. Continuing the multi-community trail network will provide intercommunity connections that foster economic and social benefits. Additionally, this funding will support “first mile/last mile” issues and help connect more people from forms of public transportation to their destinations around the county. Finally, advancing the Border to Boston Trail network will provide access to the dozens of natural resources that make up the Essex National Heritage Area. Community members have become very involved and engaged in the development of trails and have experienced the benefits of this trail network, especially in challenging times such as the pandemic. Trail stewards saw a significant increase in the usage of the Border to Boston Trail over the last year due to people engaging with outdoor resources in their community.
Project Name: Broadway At-Grade Rail Crossing Improvement Project Amount Requested: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Wakefield, 1 Lafayette Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880 Location: Wakefield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the Town of Wakefield’s Broadway At-Grade Rail Crossing Improvement Project. Broadway Street is bisected by a railroad operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) which carries commuter train and freight service. The Town is proposing to replace the existing railroad crossing gates with a four-quadrant gate system to improve railroad crossing safety. Additionally, the Town is eager to utilize the time of gate system replacement to advance improvements to the roadway and pedestrian sidewalk facilities and enhance multimodal transit of the crossing. The project as constituted will provide much needed funding to permanently re-open this vital arterial roadway within the Town by adding increase safety mitigation measures while meeting the town’s quiet zone requirements.
Project Name: Charlesgate Park and Neighborhood Revitalization Project Amount Requested: $16,600,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 350 Jamaicaway, Boston, MA 02130 Location: Boston, MA, including the neighborhoods of Fenway and Kenmore Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to revitalize Charlesgate Park, a highly neglected 13-acre greenspace divided by a highway and rife with pollutants. The proposal will enliven the area, which is currently a “dead-zone” in the middle of Boston. Proposed improvements include the creation of a universally accessible playground, the creation of inclusive children’s play area, the creation of one of Boston’s largest dog parks, investment in green infrastructure and ecological improvements to the Muddy River, and the restoration of a broken link in Boston’s parks system for the first time in 60 years. The proposed design has the opportunity to also connect to the upcoming MassDOT project to rebuild and expand a people-friendly and regional pathway network, restoring connections between the Emerald Necklace, Charles River Esplanade and Commonwealth Mall for the first time in more than five decades. When complete, this restored system will allow direct walking and cycling connections between locations as distant as Boston’s North Station, Charlestown, Dorchester, Cambridge and Watertown.
Project Name: City of Newton and Town of Needham – Christina Street Bridge – Reconstruction for Accessible Bike/PedPathway Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The City of Newton, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02459The Town of Needham, 1471 Highland Ave Needham, MA 02492 Location: Newton and Needham, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Newton and the Town of Needham for the reconstruction of the Christina Street Bridge, an abandoned and dangerous rail bridge over the Charles River which connects a portion of Christina Street in Newton and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) land and trails in Needham. The bridge has been used by recreational walkers, cyclists, fishers, and religious communities for years. The Barry Price Center, the landowner of the Newton terminus, is very supportive of providing access to a bridge crossing, but the existing bridge is a significant safety concern. Closure of the bridge by the Price Center has shined a spotlight on the substantial community support for reestablishing this connection. This regional connectivity project is a high priority for Newton and Needham and has garnered initial support from DCR. This project will help revitalize the Needham St/Highland Ave area; provide a safe and accessible off-road connection for residents, commuters, and employees; provide access to businesses; provide safe access to DCR trails; allow congregations to resume religious activities on the bridge; reduce vehicle miles traveled and support progress toward carbon neutrality.
Project Name: Complete Streets and Sidewalks Amount Requested: $6,800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Pittsfield, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Location: Pittsfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the City of Pittsfield to carry forward complete streets projects in 38 locations throughout the city, as well as sidewalk replacement and intersection ramp upgrades to meet current accessibility standards from a survey completed along 37 miles of the 145 mile network within the city. The MassDOT Complete Streets program prioritization plan, along with an existing limited sidewalk survey combined with an ongoing city-wide survey expected to be completed by end of June 2021 forms the base for the approach the city is taking to maintain or replace sidewalk infrastructure. The total estimated cost to provide much needed immediate repairs is $8.5M and includes sidewalk repairs and replacements, new sidewalk connections, signal improvements, bicycle facilities, road diets, pedestrian buffer zones, intersection treatments for bicycles and corner radii reduction among other things. The estimated cost for the Complete Streets Program portion is $5.1M with an expected allocation from Community Development Block Grant of $180,000 and other non-federal funding sources of $840,000. The estimated sidewalk specific work is $3.4M with an expected allocation from Community Development Block Grant of $120,000 and other non-federal funding sources of $560,000.
Project Name: Town of Danvers - Danvers Rail Trail Extension Amount Requested: $7,925,200 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Danvers, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 Location: Danvers and Middleton, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Danvers to extend the Danvers Rail Trail by constructing the Northern Rail Trail in Danvers for which preliminary design work has been completed for the segment starting in downtown Danvers continuing on the north and south trial, under Interstate 95 and US Route 1 then to Middleton. Danvers, MA, is fortunate to sit at the crossroads of two significant rail-to-trail corridors with substantial regional importance. The major north-south trail running through Town is called the East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Maine to Florida. In downtown Danvers, the Greenway intersects with the Northern Rail Trail, a rail line that once connected Boston to Quebec. Several segments of the Northern Rail Trail are currently online, with more projects coming every year detailed in the MAPC Map submitted with this response. The Commonwealth controls a section of the Northern Trail and the Town has conducted preliminary consultation with the State. The stakeholders at MassDOT thought it was positive, and a conceptual plan has been drawn up. To move the project ahead, the initial design work must go through a more formal design process requiring additional funding.
Project Name: Dudley House - Reclaim, Rename, Repurpose Amount Requested: $4,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120 Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Roxbury Community College (RCC) to implement a construction renovation training program, R3 (Reclaim, Renovate, Revitalize). RCC is a minority-serving institution, whose students have Boston’s lowest levels of income. RCC has been critically underfunded for most of its 50-year history, and consequently has not maintained its only historic landmark, the Dudley House. The Dudley House will serve as R3’s first site to teach skills such as site assessment, design, carpentry, electrical, and energy efficiency. Future training sites would be selected from homes that have fallen in disrepair due to the financial constraints of residents.
Project Name: DyeWorks Building Redevelopment at Union Crossing in Lawrence, MA Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Lawrence Community Works, 168 Newbury Street, Lawrence, MA Location: Lawrence, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Lawrence Community Works for the DyeWorks Building Redevelopment project, which directly responds to challenges in Lawrence, MA regarding equity, wealth building, and social inclusion. The proposal will ensure that future occupants of the space are dedicated to Lawrence’s diverse community, and provide key, desired services to its majority Latinx and Spanish-speaking residents. The Latinx-owned grocery store will provide 50-60 permanent jobs to folks who may otherwise have difficulty finding a job due to language barriers, and access to healthy produce and prepared foods in a food desert. It will attract various people and visitors to Lawrence and the neighborhood, where they can mingle and interact with Lawrence residents and build cross-cultural understanding. The community health center and pharmacy will provide critical preventative and palliative health services to Lawrence residents in a manner accessible to the city’s diverse ethnic and linguistic communities. The site will serve as an anchor that helps stimulate further positive activity and economic spillover in the area and connect current residents, as well as other adjacent Mill District tenants, to expanded green space and recreational opportunities in the area.
Project Name: City of Melrose- Ell Pond Park Improvements Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Melrose, 562 Main St Melrose, MA 02176 Location: Melrose. MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Malden for the Ell Pond Park project. Dedicated in 1921 to serve Melrose’s high-density downtown area, Ell Pond Park is a treasured community and regional resource that consists of active and passive recreational facilities surrounding Ell Pond. The 19.1-acre park has long served as the focal point for the City’s recreational needs and has undergone various upgrades throughout the last century. Facilities within Ell Pond Park today include the Melrose Skate Park, Lewis-Monk Little League Field, Richard D. Lyons Tennis Courts, West Knoll Field, Memorial Knoll, Melrose Dog Park, Cabbage Patch Field, Crystal Street Tennis Courts, and the parking area around The Knoll. For the past year, the City of Melrose has been working with consultant Weston & Sampson to conduct a feasibility for the Ell Pond Park property. The purpose of the feasibility study is to identify necessary improvements to existing park facilities and features, approximate the cost of improvements, determine potential sources of funding, and prioritize the order of upgrades based on feedback from Melrose residents and other potential users of the park. While Ell Pond Park is a prized resource for the City of Melrose, it is also an important regional resource with many people coming from outside the community to play games on the athletic fields, bring their dogs to the dog park, to access the nearby swimming pool owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and more.
Project Name: Fitchburg Arts Community Project Amount Requested: $500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: NewVue Communities, 470 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA, 01420 Location: Fitchburg, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by NewVue Communities for its Fitchburg Arts Community Project, as they redevelop three vacant and blighted historic Fitchburg municipal buildings into 68 units of mixed income artist-preference housing. The Fitchburg Arts Community is a vital project in the City’s efforts to improve the North of Main Neighborhood, one of North Central Massachusetts’ most diverse and poorest neighborhoods. When completed, the project will be only the second one in Massachusetts to combine Low Income Housing Tax Credits with an artist-preference housing for tenants. The Fitchburg Arts Community will meet the historic design and construction standards developed by the National Park Service, qualifying the project to be listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The building will also be certified as an Enterprise Green Communities building to help reduce energy needs and address our current climate challenges. These blighted buildings will be transformed into a cutting-edge campus of economic dynamism, resident housing and vitality.
Project Name: Framingham Community Center Amount Requested: $4,700,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Framingham, 150 Concord St, Framingham, MA, 01702 Location: Framingham, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Framingham to create a community center, as the City currently lacks such a facility that could house everything from historical presentations to public meetings to art exhibitions to theater performances and concerts. The proposed location is Athenaeum Hall, in the village of Saxonville, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the City of Framingham. Athenaeum Hall is steeped in historical significance, was originally constructed in the 1840s and was renovated and enlarged in 1877. Athenaeum Hall has served the Commonwealth for a multitude of uses during its time of service, including serving as a school, jail, meeting place, health clinic, and in later years, housed American Legion Post 256. The Hall would be a significant historical preservation, rehabilitation, and re-dedication of a Community Hall for public use for all of the residents of Framingham and the Commonwealth writ large, possibly hosting regional events and performances. The City of Framingham would like to reinvigorate the Hall as a community venue for a wide range of events, including performances for small groups, presentations, organizations meetings and public gatherings, art shows, music, drama, film, and lectures to larger audiences on the second floor. The City’s goals of creating a community center for Framingham are to provide a fully accessible center while maintaining the historical character of the Hall and maximizing energy efficiency, coupled with considering alternative energy sources.
Project Name: Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) Eastern Service Zone Operations and Maintenance Facility Amount Requested: $12,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority 10 Oak Street, Second Floor, Taunton, MA 02780 Location: Attleboro, Taunton, Plymouth, and Scituate, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) to develop a new operations and maintenance facility in order to establish operating efficiencies, state of good repair and cost-effective, sustainable service. This facility will be located in the eastern portion of its district, covering expanded passenger service in communities from South Plymouth to Scituate. As currently envisioned, the new facility will include elements for bus storage, dispatch, operations and maintenance. Creation of this facility will negate the need for costly deadhead (non-revenue) trips to GATRA's maintenance facility in Taunton, resulting in a savings of 2,000 annual maintenance deadhead miles.
Project Name: Greendale Revitalization Initiative Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: New Garden Park, Inc., 89 Shrewsbury Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by New Garden Park, Inc. (NGP) for the Greendale Revitalization Initiative, which seeks to partner with community stakeholders on a comprehensive strategy to enhance sustainable and economic development opportunities in the Greendale neighborhood of Worcester, MA. This initiative responds to two key regional priorities - climate resiliency and pad ready site development to increase economic development opportunities for the region and the project will include planning activities related to land use, transportation, and energy infrastructure. NGP plans to acquire property based upon this analysis for the purpose of creating pad ready sites for manufacturing, life sciences or other emerging industries. In addition, NGP seeks to construct a co-generation facility to provide a more sustainable power source to fuel this neighborhood’s growth. Community and neighborhood stakeholders will be engaged in this process to establish Greendale as a model for sustainable green development.
Project Name: GreenNFit Neighborhood Revitalization Program Amount Requested: $250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Revitalize Community Development Corporation, 1145 Main Street, Suite 107, Springfield, MA 01103 Location: Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Revitalize CDC to support their GreenNFit Neighborhood Revitalization Program in the Western Massachusetts communities of Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee, which have aging housing stock - much of which was built prior to 1940. Almost 90% of the homes were built before 1978 with an increased risk of environmental hazards such as lead paint and asbestos. Older homes have issues of moisture mold, pest problems, lead paint, and other housing issues that lead to morbidity related to asthma and other health conditions. All three cities are racially/ethnically diverse and all three have median household incomes well below the Commonwealth level of $81,215 (Springfield has an AMI of $39,432; Holyoke has an AMI of $40,769; and Chicopee has an AMI of $53,225). #GreenNFit Neighborhood Rebuild will focus on low-income households in CDBG targeted neighborhoods of these cities. Since 2012, Revitalize Community Development Corporation has held #GreenNFit Neighborhood Rebuild events in the Old Hill Neighborhood and north end of Springfield. Holyoke #GreenNFit events began in2016 and Chicopee events began in 2019. A #GreenNFit Neighborhood Rebuild event braids together the contributions of over 100 supporters with 1,000 skilled and unskilled volunteers, construction-related businesses, neighborhood residents, previous #GreenNFit recipients, and other local community-based organizations to revitalize an entire city block.
Project Name: Interstate 93 Public Housing Environmental Health Equity Project Amount Requested: $1,873,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Somerville, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143 Location: Somerville, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Somerville for the proposed Interstate 93 Public Housing Environmental Health Equity Project, which is intended to protect the health of residents of public housing adjacent to Interstate Highway 93 in the city. Extensive research has documented harmful levels of traffic-generated air pollution and harmful levels of noise affecting residents of the Somerville Housing Authority’s Mystic Apartments neighborhood. Excessive rates of cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease including COVID-19 have been documented in this low-income community, and have been empirically linked to air pollution produced by the 200,000-vehicle per day traffic pattern on the adjacent Interstate 93/MA State Route 38 corridor. The City of Somerville and its partners in community-based organizations have articulated a vision to address long-standing health disparities by replacing apartment windows at the public housing buildings to improve indoor air quality and attenuate dangerous highway noise. The City proposes to replace all windows at the 455-unit apartment complex with safe, efficient triple-glazed windows and frames. In addition to the urgent public health and environmental justice benefits of this proposed building retrofit, additional benefits will include energy use reductions for heating, cooling and maintenance activities.
Project Name: Jones Library Expansion & Renovation Project Amount Requested: $1,110,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Jones Library, Inc., 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA, 01002 Location: Amherst, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the Trustees of the Jones Library’s proposed project to expand and renovate the Jones Library Building in the center of Amherst, MA. This would help advance the town’s climate action goals and provide greatly improved service to all residents of Amherst, particularly those without internet access, individuals seeking ESL programming, and those seeking library assistance who face physical accessibility challenges.
Project Name: Town of Charlemont Long Bridge Proposal Amount Requested: $12,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Charlemont, 157 Main St, Charlemont, MA, 010339 Location: Charlemont and Hawley, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Charlemont for its Long Bridge project, which is in need of repair. This bridge is the main connector between Charlemont and Hawley, it allows access to 8A and connects both sides of the town, as well as gives access to the largest employer, Berkshire East. Without additional support, this bridge repair project would consume the town’s entire budget for more than three years.
Project Name: New Bedford - Blue Lane Working Waterfront Connector Amount Requested: $2,800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of New Bedford 133 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740 Location: New Bedford, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of New Bedford for the Blue Lane Working Waterfront Connector project, which is a key part of the City’s share-use path network that stretches from the CoveWalk and HarborWalk along the South End peninsula to the planned RiverWalk on the banks of the Acushnet River in the North End. The Connector would fill a critical 1.5 mile north-south gap in the network. The proposed project represents a key capital investment in the Port of New Bedford, the backbone of the local and regional economy. In total, the Port of New Bedford generates $11 billion in economic activity annually, or close to 2% of Massachusetts Gross State Product, concentrated in a 3-mile stretch of waterfront. The Project is also located within the Whales Tooth Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area, making it important to state efforts to connect New Bedford to the commuter rail network in Eastern Massachusetts. The Project would be the primary bicycle and pedestrian access route to the future Southcoast Rail MBTA commuter rail station (Whales Tooth station) from downtown, the State Pier Ferry terminal. Fairhaven residents looking to access the MBTA station by foot or bike would also benefit from the improvements.
Project Name: City of New Bedford Quest Center Parking Structure Amount Requested: $11,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of New Bedford, 133 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740 Location: New Bedford, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of New Bedford for the construction of the Quest Center Parking Structure, which will eliminate the lack of district parking that is significantly impeding the growth of the City’s premier co-working space, Groundwork New Bedford. Founded in 2014, Groundwork is a partnership of the E for All New Bedford Business Incubator, the MassDevelopment Finance Agency, the New Bedford Economic Development Council, and the City of New Bedford. The long-standing limitation on parking has greatly restricted the potential of the entire Quest Center including Groundwork, the diminished prospects for the redevelopment of the nearby Armory, and impeded the future redevelopment of the now available Glaser Glass properties (private ownership). The proposed solution to the parking challenge is widely recognized as the lynchpin to the future success of Groundwork and the catalyzing of the next level of economic activity in this area of the City.
Project Name: North Adams Downtown Shared-use Infrastructure Improvements Amount Requested: $5,369,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of North Adams, 10 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 Location: North Adams, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of North Adams for a Downtown Shared-use Infrastructure Improvements Project. The City’s downtown, once a vibrant commercial district comprising numerous intersecting roadways creating blocks of multistory, mixed-use buildings, was remade by mid-century Urban Renewal. Buildings containing small businesses and residences were demolished, roadways were eliminated, and single-story, strip mall-style buildings and large surface parking lots were built in their stead. The changes made to the built environment reduces the walkability and livability of the city’s downtown. As a result, numerous historic buildings have, for decades, remained partially and, in some instances, entirely, vacant while downtown business turnover remains high. In order to combat the high number of vacancies and frequent business turnover, the Vision 2030 plan recommends increasing downtown walkability and livability by enhancing multimodal connections among downtown amenities, such as MASS MoCA, Main Street, and Eagle Street, to improve circulation, increase capital investment, and attract new residents and visitors to the downtown. The Downtown Shared-use Infrastructure Improvement project will do just that by transforming the car-centric downtown into a more pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented district using bike paths and creative streetscape designs.
Project Name: North Shore Mobility Investment Amount Requested: $2,300,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Salem, 93 Washington Street, Salem, MA Location: Beverly, Lynn, Danvers, and Peabody, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the expansion of the Salem Skipper, an on-demand public transit service in Salem, MA, to the neighboring communities Beverly, Lynn, Danvers, and Peabody, creating an accessible, flexible, and cost-effective transit system on the North Shore. The Skipper currently serves over 700 riders a week within the City of Salem. By expanding the service to new communities, they would expect to serve over 2,000 rides a week, facilitating cross community trips that are not currently served by public transportation. While transit options in Boston are ubiquitous, residents on the North Shore currently have few public transit or active transport options when it comes to commuting within their own community or across North Shore communities. Transit carries more work trips into Boston’s core than reverse commute trips or commute trips within the North Shore area. As a result, the existing transit network is more suited to commuting in and out of Boston than in meeting the more localized and east/west work trips. In order to expand access to jobs, healthcare, groceries, and other social services, communities in the North Shore need to invest in improved transit options.
Project Name: Patriot Farm Program to Support Veterans and Their Families in Massachusetts Amount Requested: $630,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, 1015 South Inner Road, Buzzards Bay, MA 02542 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation (MMSFI) to purchase a property in Norton, MA to support their expanded geographic area of services to Veterans and their families in Massachusetts. The purchase of the property will permit immediate use by the MMSFI for its food and other consumables distribution work while building a multi-service enterprise, Patriot Industries, to benefit Veterans and the communities in which they live. Massachusetts is home to 343,000 veterans of which 50% are over the age of 65, many of whom have immediate and extended families, some have former families and veterans who have given their lives in service may have surviving families. MMSFI serves them all and makes sure that every Veteran family is offered support making the actual reach exponentially larger than the 343,000 Veterans alone. The property was recently a textile manufacturing site which is located close to the Norton Commerce Center and the Myles Standish Industrial Park. MMSFI is proposing to establish and grow the Patriot Farm programs for the benefit of local Veterans and the surrounding communities. The Patriot Farm is an innovative response to identified needs and will be dedicated to the training, vocational growth, employment and housing of military veterans and their families. Patriot Farm will engage homeless and at-risk Veterans through transitional and permanent housing options, employment, and personal development opportunities. It will be a center for storage, processing and distribution for non-profits serving Veterans and other at-risk populations.
Project Name: Piers Park III, Creating a Climate Resilient Community Park in East Boston Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Trustees of the Reservation, 200 High St, Boston, MA 02110 Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the Trustees of the Reservation to construct an innovative community-led project on the East Boston waterfront, Piers Park III. The creation of Piers Park III advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on Boston’s Harbor, managing a world-class park that supports diverse community needs, brings value to the city’s climate resiliency goals, and serves as welcoming public outdoor spaces helping people stay physically and mentally healthy and active. Piers Park III would be among the first climate resilient parks of this size in Boston, advancing the industrial re-use of an abandoned pier and turning it into a critical public amenity. This exciting green development represents an important opportunity to build a public park along an evolving East Boston waterfront. The design for Piers Park III will take full advantage of its unique East Boston location, providing the community and park visitors with a stunning experience of the New England coastline and new green infrastructure that will contribute to the protection of this vulnerable waterfront. Piers Park III will be strategically designed to help to buffer East Boston from flooding events due to storms, tidal flooding, and sea level rise; the park space will also help mitigate heat island effects.
Project Name: Regional Capital Plan for Cape Cod Amount Requested: $498,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Cape Cod Commission, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630 Location: Barnstable County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Cape Cod Commission for the implementation of a Regional Capital Plan, which will benefit Cape Cod communities as they make generational investments in infrastructure to address degraded coastal water quality, improve transportation systems and encourage alternative means of transportation, transition to renewable energy, and prepare for climate change impacts. Cape Cod has leveraged regional approaches to reduce costs to towns through the 2015 Cape Cod Area Wide Water Quality Management Plan, which provides a framework for watershed-based planning, intermunicipal coordination, implementation of sewers in areas that make sense, and the regulatory flexibility needed to support use of innovative technologies. Identifying efficiencies through the development of a Regional Capital Plan has the potential to further reduce costs for municipalities and expedite implementation of necessary infrastructure improvements to address the region’s key challenges.
Project Name: Riverwalk at Science Park Amount Requested: $500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 Location: Boston and Cambridge, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Museum of Science for the Riverwalk at Science Park project, which will plan for and design a Riverwalk to connect the cities of Boston and Cambridge along the Charles River at Science Park. The funding would be used to convene community leaders and subject matter experts to create a strategy to meet the needs of the community as well as a vision to bring the project to completion over the next ten years. It will specifically pay for both a feasibility study that will map out the permitting and regulatory review process and develop a timeline for completion as well as updated architectural renderings.
Project Name: City of Northampton - Rocky Hill Greenway shared use trail Amount Requested: $4,600,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Northampton 210 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 Location: Northampton, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Northampton to complete the Rocky Hill Greenway shared use path and connect it to the existing regional trail network. The City has already built 1.5 miles of the Rocky Hill Road Greenway, but those sections are isolated and do not connect (Route 66 to Florence Road and Burts Pit Road to Sandy Hill Road). This project would fund the construction of 1.1 miles that is shovel ready and the last remaining one mile gap that needs design, acquisition, and construction funding. This section would link two completed sections of the trail (Route 66 to Florence Road and Burts Pit Road to Sandy Hill Road).
Project Name: Salem Skipper Phase 2 Amount Requested: $550,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The City of Salem Location: Salem, MA Project Purpose: This funding would cover the capital cost of expanding the Salem Skipper, an on-demand public transit service in Salem, MA, to provide service to more riders within its existing pilot service hours, as well as extend those hours to include weekday evenings, weekend evenings and Sunday daytime. This would enable Salem to extend the impact of the service within existing rider groups, as well as expand to new ones.
Project Name: Solar Panel Installation Project at the Framingham Logan Express Garage Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Massachusetts Port Authority, One Harborside Drive, Suite 200S, East Boston, MA 02128 Location: Framingham, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) for the expansion of the Logan Express Garage in Framingham, MA, and to install solar panels at the facility. This facility is one of the busiest terminals in the Logan Express portfolio and frequently reaches capacity. With consistent demand for parking beyond capacity, The solar panel installation on the garage facade will result in 59 MWh/year and will offset and estimated 54 tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions annually.
Project Name: vCity of Malden- Spot Pond Brook Greenway Amount Requested: $340,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Malden, 215 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148 Location: Malden, Wakefield, Everett, Boston, and Somerville, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Malden for the Spot Pond Brook Greenway project, which is a shared use path project that will link the Northern Strand Trail and the Malden River Greenway to the Malden Center and Oak Grove MBTA stations. As part of a larger shared-use path network, the city’s goal is to connect pedestrians and bicyclists from the Oak Grove neighborhood in northern Malden to the Malden River and Northern Strand Community Trail. Like Malden’s construction of the Northern Strand Trail, this project serves as a catalyst project which will result in a shared use path connecting communities North of Malden (Wakefield and Melrose) to communities South of Malden (Everett, Boston, Somerville.) The project will also connect multiple MBTA stations (Oak Grove, Malden Center, and Wellington.) This request involves funding for the second phase of the project which follows a comprehensive feasibility study as well as a robust community engagement process, including 3 public meetings. This funding would enable the city to complete the design and finalize the details with a goal toward the completion of construction documents. This would include community meetings as part of the process. The aim is to design over 5,000 feet of landscaped shared-use path through the urban core of Malden which is designated an Environmental Justice community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Project Name: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Distribution Center and Headquarters Amount Requested: $3,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA 01038 Location: Western Massachusetts Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (“Food Bank”) to build a new Distribution Center and Headquarters to meet demand in the Western Massachusetts region. This new facility will be constructed on recently purchased property in Chicopee, MA, and the Food Bank will have the means to receive, store and distribute more food – especially fresh food – throughout their four-county region for decades to come. It will be twice the size of their current building, which has outgrown its use and can’t be expanded any further. The Food Bank is the clearinghouse of Western Massachusetts’ emergency food network, providing 171 local food pantries, meal sites and shelters most of the food to feed the community. The Food Bank also distributes healthy food directly to elders at 51 local senior centers and to households who live in food deserts at 26 Mobile Food Bank sites. The Food Bank serves a broad range of people facing food insecurity and hunger across all races/ethnicities, including children, elders, people with disabilities, veterans, working households on minimum-wage incomes and the recently unemployed – many for the first time – due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Project Name: Town of Merrimac pavement repairs to its deteriorating roadway infrastructure and sidewalks Amount Requested: $850,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Merrimac Commission on Disabilities, 4 School Street, Merrimac, MA, 01860 Location: Merrimac, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used to complete pavement repairs to the deteriorating roadway infrastructure in the Town of Merrimac, and repair sidewalks that are over 50 years old and do not meet ADA/MAAB compliance. The project will consist of pavement repairs between the two schools of approximately 1.5 miles of roadway repairs and replacing approximately 6 miles of sidewalks between the Sweetsir School and the Donaghue School making these locations safer and more accessible to all individuals based on the information provided in the Town’s Pavement Management Plan.
Project Name: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah Affordable Housing Amount Requested: $1,800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, 20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535 Location: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah to build two affordable housing units. Tribal Members are being forced to leave the island of Martha’s Vineyard due to the lack of available rental housing, the astronomically high cost of land, and cost of construction or the cost of any available existing homes to purchase or rent. This housing crisis is severely impacting the ability of tribe members to live or work here. Over the years, the cost of housing and construction has steadily escalated, and the disparity of income levels is stark. All too often income tables are skewed by the fact that the average income calculation is based on an island wide population and not specific to Tribal Members. Due to the fact that most year-round residents must hold more than one job in order to afford housing, they are often considered over income. However, many of the multi-seasonal residents or ultra-wealthy year-round residents have incomes that inflate the average costs to purchase or rent properties. So, despite working multiple jobs just to make ends meet, Tribal Members and others are over-income for subsidized housing. Additionally, since the COVID-19 Pandemic, more wealthy people have moved to the island and are purchasing houses, building houses or offering to pay two to three times the already inflated rents, disproportionately displacing Tribal Members from their rented homes. Without affordable housing, the Tribe is unable to employ management staff or professionals to work for the Tribal government to oversee or administer our critical and necessary programs and service to our Tribal Members. By providing additional housing, the Tribe can offer affordable housing to Tribal Members and attract quality personnel to help administer its programs and services.
Project Name: Town of Westport - Westport Drift Rd @ Kirby Brook Culvert Replacement Amount Requested: $750,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Town of Westport 816 Main Rd, Westport, MA 02790 Location: Westport, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Westport for the Drift Road @ Kirby Brook Culvert proposal. The culvert(s) at Kirby Brook on Drift Rd has recently been inspected and recommended for replacement and this is a heavily used collector road in Westport. The project would include correcting and existing safety hazard by addressing a substandard guardrail, addressing a substantive environmental pollution problem by reducing untreated stormwater over an alewife migration waterway, and addressing a major structural deficiency by replacing severely deteriorated steel culverts.
Project Name: Town of Westport - Westport Rte 177 @ Tickle Road Roundabout Project Amount Requested: $2,300,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Westport, 816 Main Rd, Westport, MA 02790 Location: Westport, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Westport for their Route 177 at Tickle Road Roundabout Project. Route 177 transits Mass and Rhode Island and is a heavily used collector road in Westport, MA. The intersection of Route 177 at Tickle Road is a heavily used highway that has significant traffic safety problems, high speeds, and high traffic. This project would address a serious traffic safety hazard caused by large numbers of vehicles transiting Westport at high rates of speed and would reduce traffic accidents by slowing down vehicles as they navigate the traffic roundabout. This project would reduce traffic accidents by making it safer for vehicles attempting to leave or enter Route 177 from Tickle Road and Robert St in the town.
Project Name: City of New Bedford - West Rodney French Improvement Project Amount Requested: $2,967,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of New Bedford, 133 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740 Location: New Bedford, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the City of New Bedford’s proposed West Rodney French Improvement Project, which would be undertaken to coincide with a major housing redevelopment project in the City at the adjacent, towering Kilburn Mill. The proposed $40 million project would transform four historic red brick mill structures into nearly 200 new housing units (10 units affordable, 40 units of workforce, and 139 market rate). Many of the units will enjoy breathtaking views of Clark’s Cove and the downtown. The housing complex will include the original office building and new parking and green space that will create a campus-like environment. This full historic rehabilitation project will also benefit from close access to the hurricane barrier walkway, and will be seen as a beacon when traveling south on JFK Memorial Boulevard into the Clark’s Point peninsula of New Bedford. The redevelopment of the Mill has taken important steps towards completion in recent years, and remains a top local housing priority.
Project Name: William Stanley Business Park Site 9 Redevelopment Amount Requested: $6,225,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Pittsfield, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Location: Pittsfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA) for the redevelopment of the William Stanley Business Park (WSBP). PEDA is a quasi-public agency created by a special act of the Massachusetts State Legislature, for the purpose of being the recipient and redeveloper of approximately 52 acres of General Electric Company’s former industrial facility located in the heart of Pittsfield. The WSBP development has three of its parcels occupied, a fourth will be under construction this summer, and six sites remain available for new business and industry. The primary goal for PEDA is the redevelopment of the WSBP, specifically Site 9, the largest and most prominent section of the park, which has remained undeveloped due to its deplorable condition for over twenty years. Improving the condition of the parcel will make it a much more attractive option for private sector development. This would meet the goals of PEDA and the City of Pittsfield by addressing the blighted condition and increasing the prospect of attracting businesses, creating jobs, generating income, and enhancing the City’s tax base.
Project Name: Wonderland Commuter Rail Station and Blue Line Connector Amount Requested: $5,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Revere, 281 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151 Location: Revere, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would support the creation of a new commuter rail platform and multimodal transportation connector in the City of Revere. The commuter rail station would add a Revere stop on the Newburyport/Rockport line where none now exists. A pedestrian connection would be made to the MBTA Blue Line intermodal transit facility approximately 1,000 feet to the east, The enhanced multimodal connector would also serve bus riders, bicyclists, and could serve as a designated TNC pick-up/drop-off area. This funding will provide the resources for design and permitting pre-construction.
Project Name: Worcester Union Station Improvements Amount Requested: $3,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Worcester Regional Strategic Opportunities Foundation Location: Central Massachusetts Project Purpose: This funding would be used for capital improvements to Worcester Union Station, which was rehabilitated by the city in 1999 after sitting vacant and derelict for decades. Today, Union Station is an intermodal transportation hub that is vital to public transit access in both Worcester and the surrounding Central Massachusetts community. Many of the planned infrastructure and capacity improvements were sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this funding would support necessary work. The lower level space of the station is slated to become the Worcester Regional Food Hub’s new permanent location, including a shared commercial kitchen.
Project Name: Facility Improvements for the National Offshore Wind Institute Amount Requested: $5,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA 02720 Location: New Bedford Project Purpose: Bristol Community College seeks funding for facility improvements at the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Specifically, funding is needed for renovation of facilities to improve areas for training simulator laboratories; training tank; hydraulic, electrical and mechanical laboratories; classrooms; industrial kitchen; office and cubicle spaces; registration and technology spaces; and fire simulator area. With these capital improvements, Bristol can ensure that the workforce in Massachusetts and the SouthCoast region has the skills required for careers in the offshore wind industry. With investment in the NOWI, Massachusetts will be at the forefront of the offshore wind industry.
Project Name: Riverwalk at Science Park Amount Requested: $500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Boston and Cambridge Location: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Museum of Science for the Riverwalk at Science Park project, which will plan for and design a Riverwalk to connect the cities of Boston and Cambridge along the Charles River at Science Park. The funding would be used to convene community leaders and subject matter experts to create a strategy to meet the needs of the community as well as a vision to bring the project to completion over the next ten years. It will specifically pay for both a feasibility study that will map out the permitting and regulatory review process and develop a timeline for completion as well as updated architectural renderings.
Project Name: BHCC Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship and Training Amount Requested: $376,551 Intended Recipient and Address: Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA 02129 Location: Chelsea and Everett, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to develop an online entrepreneurship learning center, Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship and Training (ECET), to support residents and small businesses in Chelsea, Everett and adjacent communities. Small businesses make up most of the area’s economic base, but they have been devastated by COVID-19, especially the small business in communities of color. As much as 41% of black owned businesses have faltered during the pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. This represents lost economic activity as well as lost jobs crucial to the vitality of diverse communities. The ECET will provide needed small business guidance and assistance in multiple languages through online consultation, and workshops to address talent recruitment, career readiness, business planning and innovation planning. ECET will be created by hiring qualified organizational staff composed of a coordinator, administrative support staff and bilingual faculty. Consultants and other business leaders will be brought in to mentor emerging and struggling businesses. BHCC students in the Business Associate degree program will participate with “Learn and Earn” internships and other learning opportunities.
Project Name: Bridgewater - High Street Dam Removal and Bridge Replacement Amount Requested: $5,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Bridgewater, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA, 02324 Location: Bridgewater, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the Town of Bridgewater to remove the High Street Dam and replace the High Street Bridge on the Town River in Bridgewater. The High St Dam removal project and bridge replacement has been advanced through a partnership with the Town of Bridgewater, the dam owner, the Division of Ecological Restoration, the Division of Marine Fisheries, and The Nature Conservancy. The High Street Dam is deteriorating structurally and is under stress by storms of increasing magnitude and frequency. The dam is in an unsafe condition and jeopardizes the poor condition High Street Bridge – due to scour if the dam were to fail, or be removed in isolation - located 100 feet upstream of the dam. The dam removal will restore natural flow regimes to the Town River, and improve water quality associated with flowing waters. The project may also improve water-based recreation for those paddling the Town River. Currently, the dam and bridge prevent water crossings at High St, and paddlers must portage around the site. The redesigned bridge will allow for water crossing at this point on the Town River.
Project Name: Historic Springside House Restoration Amount Requested: $3,250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Pittsfield, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Location: Pittsfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the City of Pittsfield to complete the full interior renovations to the historic Springside House, which is located just north of the downtown area and within the 275-acre Springside Park. The building was built in 1856 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is an excellent example of an eclectic mansion with a high architectural style not common in New England. The oldest and most significant municipal building in the city, its renovation has been a goal listed in the city’s Master and Open Space Plans for nearly two decades. As a priority capital project, city funds have been expended on critical exterior work which has been ongoing in a phased manner since 2016. Full interior renovations will allow for multi-purpose reuse including public meetings, educational displays, tourist-orientation purposes, and will provide income generation through rental opportunities. The renovations will include full handicapped accessibility and modern life, health, and safety systems as part of updated code requirements.
Project Name: Lawrence Merrimack River Trail FY22 Amount Requested: $284,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Groundwork Lawrence, 50 Island Street, Suite 101, Lawrence, MA 01840 Location: Lawrence, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support Groundwork Lawrence’s Merrimack River Trail project, which is aligned with several local, state, and Federal planning initiatives. The project meets the recreational needs of all local residents, connecting parks, and providing a diverse range of amenities and activity opportunities that appeal to all ages, genders, and abilities. It provides residents with alternative transportation options by establishing an interconnected system of rail trails, riverwalks, and greenways, and it meets the evolving needs of residents by maintaining and renovating existing parks and open spaces. The project is located partially within the city's urban renewal zone and will serve as a catalyst for economic development and job creation/retention. This funding would advance construction of recently permitted sections of the trail connecting the Industrial Park to Riverfront State Park. The scope of work includes construction of three boardwalks, rerouting existing trails to reduce impacts to wetland areas, and trailhead improvements near the Greater Lawrence Community Boathouse.
Project Name: City of Malden Lead Line Replacement Program Amount Requested: $3,360,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 215 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 Location: Malden, MA Project Purpose: The funding would be used for accelerating the replacement of lead service lines delivering drinking water to Malden residents. In recent years, Malden has been identified as the community with the highest percentage of lead service lines in the Greater Boston Area. The City has undertaken an aggressive program to reduce the number of lead lines, but as of 2021 there are 2,076 lead lines remaining. This funding will allow the City to replace both the public and private sides of the lead service lines, removing a significant health hazard for low-income residents who cannot afford the cost of replacement themselves.
Project Name: Town of Sturbridge Maple Street Water Main Amount Requested: $1,085,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Sturbridge, 308 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Location: Sturbridge, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Sturbridge to replace the Maple Street waterline, which is one of the oldest in the town and is approximately 90 to 100 years old. It is a combination of asbestos tile and cast iron piping that has had and will continue to have numerous leaks. Replacement of the pipe will provide quality potable water to the residents of the area and, in the event of a fire, the hydrant system would not be compromised by an unreliable source of water. The total length of the line to be replaced is 1,950 linear feet.
Project Name: Medway New Centralized Water Treatment Facility Amount Requested: $2,750,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Medway, 155 Village Street, Medway, MA 02053 Location: Medway, MA Project Purpose: This funding would assist the Town of Medway as they are in the process of designing a central water treatment facility for the community. The town recognizes that this facility must be capable of removing harmful minerals and byproducts, including iron, manganese, and other minerals. This funding will assist the town as they leverage more than $12 million of municipal funding to improve our distribution and treatment systems.
Project Name: : Hull - Pump Station 9 Replacement Project Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Hull, 1111 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045 Location: Hull, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used to support the Town of Hull Sewer Department’s full replacement of the existing Pump Station, which has not only reached its useful life, but does not meet environmental, as well as climate resiliency goals. Pump Station 9’s location on a peninsula between Massachusetts Bay and Hull Bay makes it susceptible to damage and operational issues due to extreme storm events and sea level rise. The Station’s existing non-submersible pumps and electrical equipment is located below design flood elevations, as well as a structural construction that cannot withstand high waters or wave action. The Pump Station 9 Project ensures a means to the long-term sustainability/reliability of operations of the Town’s municipal wastewater system, which eliminates the potential degradation to the Commonwealth’s precious water resources, including Hull Bay and Massachusetts Bay.
Project Name: Restoration and Reactivation of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium Amount Requested: $500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Architectural Heritage Foundation, Inc., 525 Western Ave., Brighton, MA 02135 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Architectural Heritage Foundation for the redevelopment of the historic Worcester Memorial Auditorium into a state-of-the-art digital innovation, education and skils training, arts, and entertainment facility. Built in the 1930s, and located in downtown Worcester, the Auditorium is a Classic Revival building containing 161,500 square feet of space that has been vacant for over 20 years. This project would create an economically viable reuse program that can catalyze the preservation and restoration of this historic building, while contributing to the overall economic development of the district, City, and the entire Commonwealth.
Project Name: Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Priority Land Acquisitions in Massachusetts Amount Requested: $2,825,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, 99 Bedford Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02111 Location: Chesterfield, Huntington, Westhampton, Amherst, and Hadley, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the federal purchase of priority land for conservation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service totaling approximately 635 acres across the Dead Branch (535 acres) and Fort River (100 acres) Divisions of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Conte Refuge). Acquisition of priority land in both Conte Refuge Divisions will provide multiple benefits for people and nature: permanently secure critical habitat for threatened and endangered species; provide public outdoor recreation opportunities for Massachusetts residents and visitors; ensure water quality protection; reduce flood vulnerability; enhance carbon sequestration and storage; and offer community economic benefits. The Conte Refuge is located in one of the major climate corridors of the Northeast and plays an essential role in creating both resilient human and natural communities.
Project Name: Town of Acton Middle Fort Pond Brook Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades Amount Requested: $4,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Acton, 472 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720 Location: Acton, MA Project Purpose: This funding would provide improvements to the Middle Fort Bond Brook Wastewater Treatment Facility to alleviate short and long-term problems due to aging systems within the facility and provide for greater capacity to the Town of Acton. The proposed upgrades will provide contributions to the sustainability efforts of the community and are vital to the economic development both in the sewer district and the needs area the Town intends to sewer in the future. The proposed project is in the immediate vicinity of a Zone II Wellhead Protection Area. Failures at the treatment facility have been identified as a moderate threat to the Zone II area in the Water Supply District Source Water Assessment and Protection Report. Within Acton, 80% of parcels serving more than 19,000 residents utilize private septic systems for wastewater treatment. The aging equipment and processes at the treatment facility and pump stations in Acton's collection system could also pose a threat to the surrounding environment.
Project Name: Town of Ipswich Town Hill Water Storage Tank Replacement Amount Requested: $3,280,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Ipswich, 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938 Location: Ipswich, MA Project Purpose: This funding would enable the Town of Ipswich to replace the Town Hill Water Storage Tank. The Town completed an Asset Management Plan (AMP) in 2020 funded by the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Asset Management Plan Grant Program to inventory and assess existing assets within its water system to improve existing GIS data and utilize the data to perform criticality analysis and plan future capital improvement projects. The results identified the 3 million gallon (MG) Town Hill Water Storage Tank, built in the early 1960’s, as having a Consequence of Failure of 5, which is the highest level of concern. This rating represents a direct and significant impact to a majority of municipal water customers for a prolonged duration and will result in regulatory noncompliance.
Project Name: Tyngsborough Sewer Commission Phase 3 Design Request Amount Requested: $869,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Tyngsborough Sewer Department, 25 Bryants LaneTyngsborough, MA 01879 Location: Tyngsborough, MA Project Purpose: This funding would allow the Tyngsborough Sewer Commission to finalize plans for the Phase 3 Sewer Infrastructure project. The Phase 3 Sewer Project will remove all on-site wastewater disposal systems and replace them with municipal sewer. This will eliminate threats to the environmental resources, preserve and protect the water resources in the area, and protect the public health. The Town of Tyngsborough maintains multiple groundwater public water supplies along Middlesex Road, directly abutting the Merrimack River.
Project Name: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah - Connecting Administration Building to Waste Water Treatment Plant Amount Requested: $800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, 20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535 Location: Aquinnah, MA Project Purpose: This funding would connect the Tribe’s Administration Building to its wastewater treatment plant to improve sanitation. Currently, the Tribal Administration building has three different waste disposal systems. One small septic tank for their clinic, a foam powered disposal for the main floor restroom and a clivus-multrum system as the primary waste disposal. Each system is inadequate and all should be replaced by connecting the administration building to the Tribe’s wastewater treatment plant.
Project Name: Town of Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection System Project Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Sudbury, 275 Old Lancaster Road, Sudbury, MA 01776Location: Sudbury, MA Project Purpose: This funding would support the design and construction of the Town of Sudbury’s first municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility, associated groundwater discharge and collection system infrastructure to support removing failing and/or improperly operating septic systems to preserve public health, as well as environmental resources, specifically nutrient degradation to the Town’s major drinking supplies in the Raymond Road and Hop Brook Aquifer areas. This funding would enable the Department of Public Works to continue moving forward with the full design for the project with the eventual users of the system paying for the larger construction/capital costs.
Project Name: Hull - Water Pollution Control Facility Diffuser Port Extensions for Nos. 12 through 36 and Cleaning of Outfall Project Amount Requested: $900,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Hull, 1111 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045 Location: Hull, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Hull to meet its goal of in Phase 3 of the Project is to restore full functionality to the Hull outfall by extending diffusers to the surface and removing material accumulated in the 24” outfall pipeline and up to 36 diffuser riser pipes. The town is restoring the original condition based on the dynamic ocean floor elevation changes, which also support climate change and resiliency goals of the Town and Commonwealth.
Project Name: Climate Resilience and Equity in South Boston for a Resilient Moakley Park Amount Requested: $1,800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 1 City Hall Square #500, Boston, MA 02201 Location: Boston Project Purpose: The purpose of this proposed project is to develop detailed design and construction documents and deliver robust community engagement, in order to ensure that critical pre-disaster mitigation efforts and critical park improvements are made to close a significant flood entry pathway. This flood risk impacts an environmental justice neighborhood with significant affordable housing and critical regional infrastructure. A flood in this area threatens disruption to at least 35,000 residents and millions in potential damages. The project can serve as a nationally replicable model for climate resilience, equity, community development, and citizen engagement.
Project Name: Municipal Pier Infrastructure Mitigation Amount Requested: $3,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 260 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 Location: Provincetown Project Purpose: This project will help alleviate a hazardous and property damaging condition. During rain events, surface storm water collects at Court Street and floods the local businesses. The flooding also blocks vehicular and pedestrian passage to both residences and businesses. This flooding has been a long standing condition, which has become worse with increased development in the area. This flooding condition damages property and business operations. It also creates a hazard, as vehicles often become stuck in the flood water, and pedestrians try to climb over uneven terrain to pass around the flood water. The condition cannot be alleviated by normal storm water drainage treatments, such as catch basins, due to the topography and high water table. A more sophisticated design and construction project is necessary, and will include a pump station and water retention area.
Project Name: Mill Creek Restoration & Resilience Project Amount Requested: $800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 Location: Chelsea Project Purpose: The City of Chelsea is a dense, urban Environmental Justice community. Home to over 40,000 residents, the City comprises vibrant neighborhoods, multicultural small businesses, and regional industry. Evidenced by the disparate effects of COVID-19, the City is inherently vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as coastal flooding, due to its geographic orientation, concentration of critical industry, air and environmental pollution, and underlying public health issues. The Mill Creek Restoration and Resilience Project provides a remarkable opportunity to broaden access to public green space, reduce the risks posed by climate change, and restore a vital, but degraded, ecosystem. The project consists of the planning and design of intergenerational, trauma-informed waterfront green space; the removal of an earthen berm that impairs ecological health; and green infrastructure and storm water enhancements to curtail flood risk.
Project Name: Water Pollution Control Facility Diffuser Port Extensions for Nos. 12 through 36 and Cleaning of Outfall Project Amount Requested: $900,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Town of Hull, 1111 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045 Location: Hull, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Town of Hull to meet its goal of in Phase 3 of the Project is to restore full functionality to the Hull outfall by extending diffusers to the surface and removing material accumulated in the 24” outfall pipeline and up to 36 diffuser riser pipes. The town is restoring the original condition based on the dynamic ocean floor elevation changes, which also support climate change and resiliency goals of the Town and Commonwealth.
Project Name: Municipal Pier Infrastructure Mitigation Amount Requested: $876,000 Intended Recipient and Address: 260 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 Location: Provincetown Project Purpose: The 2016 engineers survey provides a breakdown of the recommended maintenance and improvement program which needs to be followed to keep the facility in satisfactory working condition. The report Identified immediate costs include $64,000 in repairs and $812,000 in capital improvement repairs. A large part of the cost is to replace 177 failed pilings out of 401. These fender piles not only protect the pier but also supply a safe berth for many fishing vessels which allows then to continue to make a livelihood. Standard Pier operational revenue and maintenance sustainability budgeting will not cover the large cost of this project on its own.
Project Name: ADA Remediation Work Amount Requested: $5,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Framingham, 150 Concord St, Framingham, MA 01702
Location: Framingham, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Framingham for a project to replace sidewalks and curb cuts that are in poor condition and not compliant with current ADA standards. Sidewalks will be removed and replaced in kind and all necessary curb cuts and crosswalks will be brought up to meet current ADA standards. The prioritized areas in which this work will be performed have also been identified as areas meeting one or more of the environmental justice criteria, further demonstrating that this work would further equity in Framingham in more ways than one.
Project Name: A Multi-Pronged, Statewide Approach to End the Overdose Epidemic Amount Requested: $500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, 101 Huntington Ave, Suite 1300 MS 0111, Boston, MA 02199 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would be used by RIZE Massachusetts Foundation for a proposal to establish a multi-pronged, statewide approach to end the overdose epidemic. Opioid-related overdose deaths rose by 5% in 2020 in Massachusetts. The 2,104 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths denote more than just numbers, however. These are brothers and sisters, relatives and parents, neighbors and friends, and their deaths are unacceptable to us. Big challenges are often best addressed by going beyond traditional or defined boundaries and by thinking outside the box. A powerful coalition that fosters innovative solutions is needed to address one of the biggest public health crises of our time. This is RIZE, the only statewide nonprofit focused solely on ending the opioid overdose epidemic. RIZE conducts their work in mainly three ways: grantmaking, thought leadership, and convenings.
Project Name: Augmented Support Employee Program Amount Requested: $2,517,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Ascentria Care Alliance, 11 Shattuck St., Worcester, MA 01605 Location: Worcester, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: The funding would be used by Ascentria Care Alliance for the Augmented Support Employee Program (ASEP), which would expand the pool of likely employees in the human services and behavioral health sectors in Greater Worcester while simultaneously addressing skills-based and social determinant impediments to employment opportunities for un-and-underemployed workers. ASEP is a partnership of five non-profit behavioral health and human services agencies, and community advisors committed to work in partnership: Ascentria, Open Sky Community Services, LUK, Inc., Venture Community Services, Seven Hills Foundation, Greater Worcester Community Foundation and MassHire of Central MA. All have been involved in a multi-year initiative called The Career Pipeline Project. ASEP augments the Career Pipeline effort to attract and retain employees impacted by racial, gender and social justice inequities or are new Americans, by providing integrated and resource navigation to address “life challenges” to employment such as training, education, transportation, language, and legal services, to help employers attract and retain employees. Many of these employees and potential employees are BIPOC, who have been impacted by racial and social justice inequities. Ascentria will evaluate impact and the effectiveness of rapid cycle interventions to improve employment retention. The ultimate objective is to maintain high quality of care for these underserved populations, by maintaining a well-supported workforce.
Project Name: Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Expansion & Emerging Technologies in Turbine and EV Systems Amount Requested: $2,229,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668 Location: Barnstable County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would increase the capabilities of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program at Cape Cod Community College to enable certificate and degree graduates to receive the most current education and training for the advanced technologies in the industry. This includes increasing the ability of the program to graduate mission-ready technicians who are capable of handling areas of AviationMaintenance, consistent with emerging technologies in the marketplace today as well as the future. The funding will be used to: support education and workforce development targeting turbine engines and related technology that impacts aviation and off-shore wind; partner with Cape Air to position their introduction and support of the first electronic plane to be introduced for commercial use; and align with our upcoming, contemporary Science and Engineering Center, which will be the largest STEM facility in the region upon itscompletion.
Project Name: Baystate Brightwood Health Center Office Based Addition Treatment (OBAT) Renovations for Dedicated Office Space
Amount Requested: $375,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Baystate Health, Inc., 380 Plainfield Street, Springfield, MA 01107
Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Baystate Brightwood Health Center (BBHC) to address a community need for dedicated Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) by renovating and repurposing space to create a private, dedicated OBAT Clinic. BBHC is committed to addressing the opioid crisis through a vigorous treatment program. However, given space constraints, the OBAT program is currently conducted adjacent to the waiting area, which is less than ideal for both OBAT patients and non-OBAT patients, including families and children who are waiting for appointments. The proposed renovation will provide appropriate privacy and enhance BBHC’s ability to provide excellent Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorder treatment.
Project Name: Baystate Brightwood Health Center Telehealth Enhancements to Address Community Needs Amount Requested: $425,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Baystate Health, Inc., 380 Plainfield Street, Springfield, MA 01107
Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Baystate Brightwood Health Center (BBHC) to enhance its telehealth capacity to address community needs. The capacity of BBHC clinical staff and patients to fully embrace and use telehealth is limited, and the digital divide is a well-known phenomenon in under-resourced communities. The enhancements will remove many of these barriers and create an environment that makes technology familiar, straightforward, and an expected part of care. The enhancements will also improve BBHC’s patient population’s ability to address several social determinants of health by providing enhanced knowledge and access to services via the internet.
Project Name: Berkshire Community College - Berkshire Culinary Institute Amount Requested: $150,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Location: Pittsfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Berkshire Community College (BCC) to support the establishment of the Berkshire Culinary Institute (BCI). The BCI will provide hands-on educational training for students enrolled in redesigned Culinary and Hospitality degree and certificate programs. The proposed project includes re-purposing BCC’s former cafeteria into a modern teaching and learning space. This project targets the culinary, hospitality, and food services industry and is directly tied to the Regional Workforce Skills Blueprint, addressing a high priority area. Training will focus on culinary skills development, from basic to advanced. A series of degree and certificate programs and certifications that are stackable and progressive will be offered and taught by experienced practitioners and educators. A collaborative and comprehensive approach has been applied to developing a world-class culinary institute that has taken into consideration employer needs. The diverse populations to be served include students matriculating from local high school vocational programs, industry employees desirous of enhancing skills/knowledge, displaced workers, at-risk populations, and the community at large with stackable educational programs that lead to part-time or full-time employment opportunities.
Project Name: Best Buddies in Massachusetts Inclusion Project for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Amount Requested: $339,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Best Buddies International, Inc., 529 Main Street Suite 202 Charlestown, MA 02129 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would support the Best Buddies in Massachusetts Inclusion Project, which will create more inclusive communities statewide by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, inclusive activities, leadership training, and innovative transition services that prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for successful post-secondary outcomes. The project would involve 40 school-based Best Buddies chapters, including 10 new chapters in under-resourced districts, and provide innovative pre-employment transition services to at least 60 youth and young adults with IDD at eight high schools. The full project would involve a minimum of 860 Massachusetts students with and without IDD.
Project Name: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield Amount Requested: $485,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield, 28 West Silver St., Westfield, MA 01085 Location: Westfield, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield to complete a 15,000 sf addition, allowing them to enroll 100 additional youth in their licensed educational child care program for the 2021/22 school year. Forty youth will be enrolled in a new full day pre-school program. Their average daily attendance between all programs will be over 400 youth ages 2.9-18. This budget appropriation will enable the Club to expand their art and technology curriculums for all ages by re-purposing existing areas of our facility. Funds will also be used to hire a team of early education professionals for the pre-school.
Project Name: Bridgewater Academy Early College/Dual Enrollment Program at Bridgewater State University Amount Requested: $1,247,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325 Location: Bridgewater, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Bridgewater State University (BSU) to expand participation in early college/dual enrollment and promote college attainment, by developing a unique, sustainable, dual enrollment program. This program will use a HyFlex delivery model to meet the needs of students from across Southeastern Massachusetts with a special emphasis on providing dual enrollment opportunities to students from traditionally underserved populations. The HyFlex delivery model will allow students to attend classes via one of three options: in-person, synchronous online participation via live-streaming, or asynchronous online participation utilizing recorded classes. In-person and synchronous online will be the preferred modes of participation, with asynchronous participation being reserved for students who have a demonstrated need, such as a disability, that would prevent them from being able to attend their classes in real-time.
Project Name: Bridging the Digital Divide - Telehealth Access for Low-income & Underserved Communities
Intended Recipient and Address: Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center Inc., 632 Blue Hill Ave
Project Purpose: Bridging the Digital Divide will facilitate Telehealth access and healthcare equity, in the poorest zip codes of Boston, by supporting digital literacy for patients and providing cell phones and entry-level laptops for Telehealth engagement, along with tech training, and a mobile application to overcome language, cultural and age-related barriers. Telehealth is quickly becoming the method of choice for providers to communicate with patients and is especially important in low-income and underserved communities where technology can be the driving force to overcome healthcare barriers.
Project Name: Building Resilience for Early Learners: School Readiness through Community and Family Engagement Amount Requested: $2,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Boston Children’s Museum to expand an innovative, tested model for building the capacity of early learning educators and providers to support under-resourced and under-represented children and families in developing much-needed school readiness skills. This expansion will reach thousands of early learners and their caregivers through key state and local community agencies, thereby addressing and alleviating the significant loss of learning opportunities experienced by families as a result of the pandemic.
Project Name: Cambridge Public Health Commission Behavioral Health Inpatient Expansion Amount Requested: $8,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Cambridge Health Alliance, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Location: Cambridge, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Cambridge Alliance Alliance, in coordinator with the Cambridge Public Health Commission, for 42 new child and adolescent beds and 22 new adult inpatient behavioral health beds. Services address the urgent needs of special populations identified as priorities by the MA Department of Mental Health and MassHealth, including: Renovation of the Somerville campus is underway on a phased basis to meet the licensure requirements to operate a new Center for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with 42 new youth beds including specialized neuro-developmental care, and Facilities renovations are planned at the Cambridge campus for 22 new adult inpatient psychiatry beds including a new 8-bed adult psychiatry “ICU” unit.
Project Name: Cape Cod Healthcare’s HIT Community Funding Project: Improving Healthcare Outcomes, Empowering Patients, and Reducing Healthcare Costs Amount Requested: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Cape Cod Healthcare, 88 Lewis Bay Road Hyannis, MA 02601 Location: Barnstable County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) for a proposal to improve its health IT and electronic health records. CCHC invested substantially to implement EPIC, the industry’s leading integrated health record to help us improve our care and to empower our patients through EPIC’s robust patient portal, MyChart. CCHC proposes connecting and partnering with non-affiliated community providers and, formerly, with FQHCs by supplying their version of EPIC to them. By doing so, it will substantially improve care coordination and the delivery of healthcare on Cape Cod (Barnstable County) for generations to come.
Project Name: Cardiac Catheterization Lab Imaging Equipment Amount Requested: $1,200,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General St, Lawrence, MA 01841 Location: Lawrence, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Lawrence General Hospital for cardiac catheterization lab imaging equipment. As an essential diagnostic and procedural tool, it is important that the resources of their Cardiac Cath Lab be available to the broadest possible demographic; for the Lawrence community, 88% of whom are people of color and half of whom rely on Medicaid for their health coverage, it is imperative that the hospital do everything in their power to remove barriers to care associated with race, class, language, or educational level and mitigate the harm of the associated social determinants of health. By increasing the number and type of cardiac catheterization procedures they can carry out, reducing patient time on the table, and reducing radiation exposure to patients and staff alike, this equipment will be instrumental in doing just that; by creating trust and confidence in a community that studies show may doubt medical providers and eschew treatment, they are shifting the paradigm of care.
Project Name: CATCH-IT Technology for Adolescents with Mental Health Concerns Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Wellesley Centers for Women in Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481 Location: Wellesley, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Wellesley Centers for Women in Wellesley College for the CATCH-IT Technology Project, which would help those most in need of mental health intervention at that critical stage before they are clinically depressed. The project would adapt CATCH-IT by using online technology tailored to the demographic and identity groups that are most vulnerable to negative mental health outcomes, applying a self-guided resource-based system based on the evidence of effective theoretical modeling that strengthens individual coping. Today, far too many youths are struggling with mental health concerns, especially depression. This can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many adolescents report an increase in stress and isolation, contributing to more youth feeling depressed and becoming clinically depressed. In particular, African American and Latinx adolescents as well as LGBT youth are at elevated risk for depression and are much less likely to seek mental health support, and youth with disabilities, including youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), experience disproportionately high rates of depression. This kind of technology-based intervention offers several distinct advantages over more traditional face-to-face approaches, including easy access, privacy, personalization, and decreased cost. The CATCH-IT technology uses these design elements and targets adolescent character stories, with peer videos that are relatable and tailored, and focuses on adolescents and young adults who are at risk for depressive illness, with the goal of providing access to an inexpensive therapeutic intervention that can help them increase healthy activities, build a healthy cognitive style, improve interpersonal relationships, prevent clinical depression and suicide, and engage more positively in their community. Finally, a NIMH-funded clinical, multi-site trial of this technology showed that this program, when used by adolescents who presented with elevated symptoms of depression, was associated with decreased risk for depressive disorders across a 6-month follow-up interval.
Project Name: Charlton Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Renovation Project Amount Requested: $940,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Southcoast Health 363 Highland Ave, Fall River MA 02720 Location: Fall River, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Southcoast Health for the renovation and reconstruction of a 32,000 square foot Emergency Department at Charlton Memorial Hospital. The Emergency Department was constructed in 1997 and was built to accommodate 45,000 visits per year. In 2019, approximately 70,000 patients, an average of 192 per day, visited the Charlton Emergency Department.
Project Name: Chelsea Health Center Amount Requested: $4,925,000 Intended Recipient and Address: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Taylor Building: 10 Gove Street Cradock Building: 20 Maverick Square East Boston, MA 02128 Location: Chelsea, MA Project Purpose: This funding will be used by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) to establish a 4-story, 48,000 sq.ft licensed community and behavioral health center in Chelsea in partnership with other Chelsea providers, similar to what EBNHC created in Maverick Square, East Boston, serving around 100,000 patients a year. EBNHC patients and Chelsea residents have been disproportionately impacted by the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism. The health center will expand access to a unique Primary Care Behavioral Health Program that fully integrates behavioral health and social support services in a primary care setting with a full diagnostic suite and pharmacy services using the latest technology and best practices to address racial disparities in health.
Project Name: Civics Education for Massachusetts Students Amount Requested: $4,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for U.S. Senate, 210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to for the US Senate bring their civics education programs to more students and educators, both in Massachusetts and nationally, at no cost to them. The Institute is dedicated to civic learning and engagement. Educational experiences at the Kennedy Institute use immersive role play and simulation to teach civics and inspire the next generation of leaders. The Kennedy Institute now also offers these programs virtually.
Project Name: Community Health Worker Expansion and Enhanced Resources to Improve Healthy Food Access to Support Communities Facing Health Disparities Amount Requested: $1,250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Mercy Medical Center, 271 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104 Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Mercy Medical Center to establish a sustainable workflow for community health workers to integrate clinical and social care, and to expand the capacity of community- based organizations to take referrals and support those in need. Mercy Medical Center also plans to engage, train, and support residents to advocate for food policy changes that increase access to healthy foods. Springfield, Hampden County’s largest city, is a vibrant, diverse community with people of color accounting for the majority (67%) of the city’s population. Springfield residents experience numerous socioeconomic challenges that can impact health, especially in the Mason Square, North End, South End and Downtown/Metro Central neighborhoods. The median family income in Springfield is less than half the statewide median income, and 30% of the city’s population lives below the Federal Poverty Line. The pandemic is intensifying economic challenges. The March 2020 unemployment rate was 3.4%, and by June the rate had jumped 17.4%. While employment is rebounding slowly, the unemployment rate for October was 7.2% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). As a result, more families are struggling to access stable housing, transportation, and necessities. The inequities in the region have consequences, with Springfield residents experiencing one of the highest premature mortality rates in Massachusetts (441.0 vs. the statewide rate of 282.2 per 100,000). Thousands of Springfield residents are facing a food crisis because they cannot afford and/or do not have access to affordable and nutritious food. In Springfield, 37% of the population is obese. In the Mason Square community of Springfield, 9% of households experienced moderate to severe hunger and 19% were food insecure. Aside from food insecurity being such a prominent issue, the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2019 identified other significant health needs within the Mercy Medical Center community.
Project Name: COVID Employment Recovery Program (CERP) Amount Requested: $300,000 Intended Recipient and Address: La Colaborativa, 18 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150
Location: Chelsea, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used for a rapid (re) employment initiative that would help the Chelsea community create pathways to jobs, pay rent, and qualify for existing lifesaving assistance that requires them to be employed. These funds would help the Chelsea community, which has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild from, heal from, and survive the effects of the pandemic.
Project Name: Dimock Community Health Center – Behavioral Health Expansion
Intended Recipient and Address: Dimock Community Health Center, 55 Dimock Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Project Purpose: To respond to the critical need for substance use disorder treatment, Dimock plans to create a new 16-bed men’s Clinical Stabilization Service (CSS) Unit in the health center’s Zakrzewska (Z) Building. This initiative seeks to provide over 300 men with services each year. This initiative is known as Project Access – Providing Men with Access to CSS (“Project Access”) and will provide 14 to 28 days of intensive treatment following inpatient detoxification, and preceding longer-term residential recovery.
Project Name: Disability Services Program funds for Doorways to and Accessible Safe & Health Home
Amount Requested: $100,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Revitalize Community Development Corporation, 1145 Main Street, Suite 107, Springfield, MA 01103 Location: Western MA
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Revitalize Community Development for the Age in Place proposal, which would operate under the highly successful Doorway to an Affordable, Safe and Healthy Home (DASHH) program. DASHH’s goal is to conduct home assessments and improvements for adults and children with asthma, and improvements that let older adults safely remain at home. Currently, age-in-place modifications have been done on a small-scale basis. It became clear through interactions with clients and referral partners that enhanced services in this area are needed. Revitalize Community Development Corporation will expand services to increase the number of older adults served to include aging-in-place, trip/fall hazard remediation and individualized occupational therapy and education plans, and increase referral partners.
Project Name: Diversifying the Educational Workforce in SE MA through a Grow Your Own Educator Preparation Program Amount Requested: $1,800,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Bridgewater State University 131 Summer Street Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 02324 Location: Southeastern Massachusetts Project Purpose: This funding would be used by CONNECT for the Grow Your Own Educator Preparation Program model, which was designed to entice and prioritize aspiring educators, who identify as being ethnically or racially diverse, in the Gateway Cities with a wrap-around program and the financial resources that will enable them with an increased capacity to successfully complete an educator preparation program. Real barriers of insufficient time, money, access, transportation, family/work/financial responsibilities, childcare, and insufficient support often conspire to keep many potential teachers of color from the field. As a result, this model will provide students with financial resources, up to $11,700, which will be used to fund or defray the costs associated with the following: Two semesters of coursework in an educator preparation program at one of CONNECT IHEs, technology that will enable access to complete assignments, weekly tutoring, MTEL support, childcare, and transportation.
Project Name: Educating and Training Students for High-Demand Skilled Healthcare Positions
Intended Recipient and Address: Lasell University, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Lasell University, in partnership with Newton-Wellesley Hospital, for their proposal to educate and train students for careers in high-demand skilled healthcare positions at healthcare facilities across Massachusetts with a focus on recruiting black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) students to the program. The healthcare industry accounts for nearly one in five jobs in Massachusetts and growth is steady- a 15% expansion that outpaced population growth (bizjournal 2020) and growth is steady. There is a pressing need for many health care positions that require specific education and training. Prospective students will be a mix of new and transfer students, and healthcare workers looking to upskill and transition to higher paying jobs. This project recognizes and resolves many barriers that get in the way of educational attainment by providing student support services, offering a flexible online and in person class format, and hosting in person courses on Lasell’s campus which is easily accessible via public transportation and offers an on-campus child care center. Newton-Wellesley Hospital, also easily accessible via public transportation and in close proximity to Lasell’s campus will serve as a clinical affiliated site for students to complete clinical rotations and internships. The project will result in an increased presence of BIPOC in healthcare positions at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and across Massachusetts.
Project Name: Education Director, Groundwork Massachusetts
Intended Recipient and Address: Groundwork Somerville, 337 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Location: Somerville, Lawrence, New Bedford, MA
Project Purpose: The Groundwork trusts in Massachusetts (Somerville, Lawrence, and Southcoast) request funding to create a Youth Education and Jobs Director role shared between the organizations, to provide support for our environmental education programs including: school garden education, out-of-school youth programs, and youth employment programs such as the Green Team. As the position will oversee the education and employment initiatives of all three organizations, it will help build processes and systems that will allow the organizations to replicate programming regionally, while allowing more collaboration between our organizations and institutional curricula and supporting educational materials that incorporate social emotional skills and service-learning projects.
Project Name: Educational & Scientific Equipment Upgrade & Renewal to Improve STEM Education & Workforce Readiness Amount Requested: $1,418,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325 Location: Bridgewater, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Bridgewater State University (BSU) to upgrade and renew educational and scientific equipment in order to maintain BSU’s high standards of STEM education. It is necessary to refresh and update scientific equipment in the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics (BCoSM), which is housed in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center (DMF). STEM laboratory equipment has an average useful lifespan between five and eight years, so items purchased when the DMF was constructed (~10 years ago) are reaching the ends of their lives. BSU has successfully addressed equipment failures as they have occurred; however, due to tight budget constraints, critical items have often been repaired rather than replaced. BSU is now at a critical juncture, where important equipment has aged and become less relevant in the modern workplace. Many instruments purchased when the DMF was constructed are expected to break down and should not (or cannot) be repaired because they are obsolete.
Project Name: Emergency Department Behavioral Health Pod Expansions Amount Requested: $670,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St, Northampton, MA 01060
Location: Northampton, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Cooley Dickinson Hospital to expand and renovate the Behavioral Health Pod in our Emergency Department to increase the quality of behavioral health care available and double the number of specialized rooms for mental and behavioral health patients. Cooley Dickinson is the primary health care provider for Hampshire County and southern Franklin County residents, serving 80,000 unique patients every year.
Project Name: English for Advancement (EFA) Amount Requested: $750,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Jewish Vocational Services, 75 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
Location: Malden, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used for Jewish Vocational Service’s (JVS) English for Advancement workforce development program expansion to address workforce skills gaps in the Malden, MA area workforce through the provision of contextualized English as a Second Language classes and one-on-one job coaching services to move immigrants into and up in the labor market. English for Advancement (EFA) currently operates in four communities in Eastern Massachusetts - Lawrence, Lynn, Chelsea, and Boston. Through this program, JVS provides full wraparound workforce training services for non-English speaking residents, including free English classes, career coaching, interview training, and further career advancement coaching continuing post-program completion.
Project Name: Establishment of Infrastructure for Cloud-Based Specialty Labs at Salem State University Amount Requested: $970,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970
Location: Salem, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used to establish infrastructure for cloud-based specialty labs at Salem State University (SSU). Many SSU students balance a variety of other responsibilities in addition to their academic pursuits such as work and family. Cloud-based specialty labs give students more flexibility in how they can accomplish their work on or off campus. Through these online platforms, students will have access to the tools they need to accomplish their work wherever they are and whenever it fits best into their schedules. They will no longer need to plan their schedules around when they can come to campus to access a computer lab nor will they have to purchase the software on their own.
Project Name: Expansion of the Possible Project Programming to BPS High School Students in the Post COVID recovery phase Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: The Possible Project, 31 Heath Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by The Possible Project (TPP) to provide critical education and career development services to Boston high school students during a post-COVID recovery phase and beyond. Specifically, through its comprehensive entrepreneurship education and youth development program, TPP will provide students with rigorous credit recovery coursework in school, after school, and over summers to support those off-track to graduate due to low school engagement. TPP also plans to provide career-readiness, entrepreneurial and STEAM skill-building - all essential for access to, and success in, the region’s innovation and tech-driven economy, and to provide individualized college and career advising to ensure matriculation to, and persist through, postsecondary education and job-training programs.
Project Name: Experimental STEM Learning and Social-Emotional Support for Girls from Underrepresented Communities Amount Requested: $50,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Science Club for Girls, Inc., 136 Magazine Street Cambridge, MA 02139 Location: Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville, MA Project Purpose: During the 2021-22 academic year, Science Club for Girls will serve 350 girls per semester from underrepresented communities (by race and/or socioeconomic factors) in grades K-12 in Greater Boston with free, high-quality, out-of-school-time STEM programs. These programs increase academic confidence and social/emotional well-being while addressing intersecting needs: the persistent academic achievement gap for low-income students/students of color, the learning-loss caused by Covid-19, the lack of racial/gender diversity in the STEM workforce, the lack of availability of STEM workers, and the need for pathways out of poverty that begin early in life and lead to meaningful jobs that provide economic independence.
Project Name: Family Team Flagship Clinic at Horizons for Homeless Children Amount Requested: $702,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) to create a full-time flagship family clinic within Horizons’ new, state-of-the-art facility in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. At the 2,500 square foot clinic the BHCHP Family Team staff will provide barrier-free, trauma-informed medical, nursing, mental health and substance use services, health education, and case management services. The clinic will be comprised of five private exam/treatment rooms, waiting room, shared staff workspace, and meeting space. It will also include space for blood draws and point-of-care lab testing, as well as a refrigerator and freezer for vaccine storage. All community approvals, along with zoning variances and licensing issues are completed and pandemic delays resolved .
Project Name: Food is Medicine: Medically Tailored Nutrition Program for Individuals and Families Affected by Illness in Massachusetts Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Community Servings, Inc., 170 Armory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Location: Statewide Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Community Servings for its “Food is Medicine” proposal, a medically tailored nutrition program for individuals and families affected by illness in Massachusetts. Community Servings is the only agency in Massachusetts providing healthy, home-delivered medically tailored meals, in a wide variety of medical diets, to individuals and families affected by critical and chronic illnesses. Taking a “Food is Medicine” approach to health for individuals coping with severe illness, poverty, and hunger, the home delivery of medically tailored meals offers a high-quality, healthy, and medically optimized diet.
Project Name: Framingham State University MetroWest Regional Collaborative Education Center
Intended Recipient and Address: Framingham State University, 100 State Street, P.O. Box 9101, Framingham, MA 01701
Project Purpose: Framingham State University, in partnership with Massachusetts Bay Community College, Framingham High School, and Keefe Regional Vocational Technical School, proposes the development of a MetroWest Regional Collaborative Education Center that would address achievement gaps by providing under-represented high school students with college-level experiences, and prepare them for success, while also helping to address the Commonwealth’s MetroWest region workforce needs. Funding will support adaptation and renovation of FSU’s Whittemore Library. The overarching goals of the proposed Center are workforce alignment, college completion, and closing achievement gaps.
Project Name: Greater Boston Legal Services Family Stabilization Project Amount Requested: $700,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend St., Boston, MA 02114
Location: Boston and Cambridge, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) to create GBLS’ Family Stabilization Project to help low-income families who are struggling financially in the wake of the pandemic. Project funding would pay for temporary legal advocates and a temporary tax preparer to expand GBLS’ capacity to do outreach and assist low-income families in obtaining all available financial supports included in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and the three rounds of the Economic Impact Payments. The families GBLS serves face a range of access barriers, such as limited English proficiency, disabilities, and unreliable internet. As pandemic-related income supports have become available, GBLS has helped clients apply for benefits with federal, state, and local agencies-- benefits that are crucial to keeping families in their homes, putting food on the table, keeping utilities turned on, and meeting other essential needs.
Project Name: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Culturally Integrated Behavioral Health Program Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 1 Griffin Brook Drive, Suite 101, Methuen, MA 01844 Location: Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) to address a growing demand in the region and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by developing a stronger, more comprehensive behavioral health effort that is culturally competent, sensitive and linguistically appropriate by formally developing The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Culturally Integrated Behavioral Health Program. A major health disparity affecting GLFHC’s patients is the lack of licensed mental health providers that are able to successfully communicate with our diverse population. It is important that a commitment be made to address this concern and build a sustainable model that can be replicated by other community health centers and healthcare providers.
Project Name: Greenfield Community College Health Occupations Training Equipment and Technology Upgrade Amount Requested: $98,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA 01301b Location: Greenfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Greenfield Community College to upgrade health occupations training equipment and technology. Hi-and low-fidelity patient skills simulators or a critical strategy for meeting the training needs for health occupations across the county, particularly for programs where required clinical experience is both essential and hard to come by due to limited clinical space at on-site practicum locations at participating partner health care facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic – with the need to practice social distancing and occupancy limitations for indoor training – has exacerbated the shortage of effective clinical time for nurses, medical assistants, home health aides, and other health occupation training pathways. While the CARES Act of 2020 and the subsequent American Rescue Plan have provided substantial resources to colleges across the nation – including GCC – the lion’s share of these resources have by necessity been focused on the infrastructure needs for converting teaching and learning from in-person to a fully remote experience. As the region and the nation as a whole begin to chart the path for post-pandemic higher education, it is critical to turn our attention to addressing in-person training needs by providing up-to-date technology for these critical health occupation programs.
Project Name: Home Base Intensive Clinical Program for Families of the Fallen Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Home Base, 1 Constitution Road, Charlestown, MA 02129
Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, to provide clinical care and support to 70 family members across the country who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and/or Complicated Grief as a result of their service member or veteran dying by suicide. Home Base operates the only dedicated clinical program in the country for survivors of traumatic loss combining evidence-based treatment for PTSD and for complicated grief.
Project Name: Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program (HOAP) Hammond Street Site Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Family Health Center of Worcester, 26 Queen St., Worcester, MA 01610 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW) to develop and renovate a brownfields site for a Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program (HOAP) to improve access to care for hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations, and provide a continuum of co-located, coordinated services to support individuals’ transitions into housing and forward movement on the path to self-sufficiency. This dedicated funding will support renovations needed at the new site located at 75 Hammond St, former home of the Providence and Worcester Rail Road, to begin the build out of health center space for behavioral health and case management services to meet licensing requirements. The new location will allow FHCW to provide coordinated health care and social services for homeless adults and increase opportunities for people to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency, and to collaborate with other organizations serving the homeless. The new site will also provide opportunities to develop permanent housing solutions for the homeless as a second phase of development. FHCW is widely known and valued as a high quality healthcare resource for low income and culturally diverse patient populations. The City of Worcester and area residents support this proposed new site for the health center which offers improved access to care and opportunities to partner with other organizations in the delivery of health care services for homeless individuals. A team of experienced non-profit organizations working every day to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable residents are in support of this proposal to provide a client-centered, respectful, continuum of services that aim to assist homeless individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, housing, employment and health. This proposed location for HOAP is consistent with the 5-year strategic plan to address homelessness in the City of Worcester, and is supported by community leaders.
Project Name: Increasing Access to Post-secondary Education and Workforce Training through the HyFlex Technology System Amount Requested: $978,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Quinsigamond Community College, 670 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Quinsigamond Community College to address an immediate need to increase access to post-secondary education and workforce training on behalf of the students and families of Worcester County, particularly underrepresented minorities and underserved populations who have been most affected by Covid-19 and its economic impacts. New HyFlex technology is sought that would allow each class session to be offered in-person, synchronously online and asynchronously online with fidelity, improving student engagement, persistence and completion.
Project Name: Lasell University/Newton Wellesley Hospital: A Healthcare Workforce Development Initiative
Amount Requested: $3,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Lasell University, 1844 Commonwealth Ave, Auburndale, MA 02466 Location: Newton, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Lasell University, in partnership with Newton-Wellesley Hospital, for their proposal to educate and train students for careers in high-demand skilled healthcare positions at healthcare facilities across Massachusetts with a focus on recruiting black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) students to the program. The healthcare industry accounts for nearly one in five jobs in Massachusetts and growth is steady- a 15% expansion that outpaced population growth (bizjournal 2020) and growth is steady. There is a pressing need for many health care positions that require specific education and training. Prospective students will be a mix of new and transfer students, and healthcare workers looking to upskill and transition to higher paying jobs. This project recognizes and resolves many barriers that get in the way of educational attainment by providing student support services, offering a flexible online and in person class format, and hosting in person courses on Lasell’s campus which is easily accessible via public transportation and offers an on-campus child care center. Newton-Wellesley Hospital, also easily accessible via public transportation and in close proximity to Lasell’s campus will serve as a clinical affiliated site for students to complete clinical rotations and internships. The project will result in an increased presence of BIPOC in healthcare positions at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and across Massachusetts.
Project Name: Learning Institute Amount Requested: $1,375,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Caring Health Center, 1049 Main Street, Springfield, MA, 01103 Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Caring Health Center to establish a Learning Institute to be located at 471 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, in the heart of the diverse Forest Park neighborhood. The Learning Institute has been envisioned as a job training program to address three goals: (1) To eliminate barriers that block access to rewarding employment for low-income individuals; (2) To maximize capabilities that exist in the region’s low-income communities, including resilience, integrity, and determination; and (3) To increase the pool of qualified administrative, educational, and clinical personnel available to health care providers locally, including persons of color, immigrants, and refugees.
Project Name: Middlesex County Restoration Center Pilot Amount Requested: $1,650,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission, 1 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 Location: Middlesex County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission to pilot a Restoration Center to prevent arrest, unnecessary hospitalization, and ED use of people with behavioral health conditions through triage, assessment, crisis stabilization, sober support, respite, case management, and after-care planning like housing navigation. The Center will accept walk-ins, drop-offs by police/first responders after a 911 call, and in-house transportation as a less-traumatic alternative to police cruisers or ambulances. These behavioral health services should save money currently spent arresting, incarcerating, and hospitalizing people with such conditions, and align with the Administration’s Roadmap for Reform.
Project Name: Modernizing Massachusetts Health Center Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Amount Requested: $12,409,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Community Care Cooperative, 75 Federal St. 7th floor, Boston, MA 02110 Location: Statewide
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Community Care Cooperative for their proposal to purchase EPIC, a top rated electronic health record (EHR) and population health system for Massachusetts health centers. The purpose is to strengthen primary care, improve financial performance, and advance racial justice. Beyond its value in primary care, Epic is a highly rated population health system. Today, all Massachusetts health centers take responsibility for the quality and cost of care of a population. However, they work in inferior system or use two systems to do this work, which means missed opportunities to improve community health and greater administrative burden for primary care teams.
Project Name: National Braille Press - Resource Kits for Teachers of the Visually Impaired
Intended Recipient and Address: National Braille Press, 88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by National Braille Press for a proposal to develop resource kits for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs). TVIs and their students lack the necessary resources or technical training to teach braille, access to accessible technology, or tactile graphics. By funding this program, the resource gap which exists for this population of Massachusetts students will be addressed and the growth of their complete education can be achieved. Providing these resource kits to teachers will give them educational materials, training guidance, and improve their preparation to teach literacy and STEM subjects to these students in grades K-12. This will allow blind and visually impaired students to have equal access to the same information as their sighted peers, yielding a better educational outcome, and giving them the opportunity to excel in any subject matter and career in their future.
Project Name: New facility to house STCC’s allied health programs Amount Requested: $2,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory Street, Springfield, MA 01105 Location: Springfield, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), an institution with over $300 million in deferred maintenance, to address the critical need to relocate and stabilize the School of Health and Patient Simulation (SHPS) from “Building 20” which carries approximately $70 million in structural, mechanical, and related infrastructure maintenance needs. Over a dozen vital healthcare programs housed in Building 20 serve as a pipeline to high-value and high-need careers in Western Massachusetts. Yet with well-documented infrastructure issues, Building 20 has contended with multiple emergencies, including flooding, which has resulted in significant risk regarding program sustainability for programs in essential areas that include Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dental Radiology, Sonography, Respiratory Care, Medical Assisting, Medical Lab Technician, Emergency Management Technician, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Occupational Therapy Assistant. A solution that will stabilize these programs, and ensure continued responsiveness to regional labor needs, has been developed by using available space located at the “Technology Park,” a quasi-public entity also known as the STCC Assistance Corporation. Of significant importance is the Tech Park, which is also home to many original and historic Springfield Armory buildings which will enjoy new life under this plan.
Project Name: North Shore Community College Science Lab Upgrade Project for Allied Health Professions
Amount Requested: $900,000 Intended Recipient and Address: North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923 Location: Danvers, MA
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by North Shore Community College (NSCC) for its Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) lab upgrade project, which focuses on the significant need to redesign and renovate a critical science lab used by Allied Health and STEM students. The project will focus on design, renovation and equipment for an A&P lab in the Math and Science Building at the Danvers campus. North Shore Community College is one of the only community colleges in the state lacking updated science labs. The short-term objective is to provide a modern A&P laboratory to support enhanced student learning in Allied Health and STEM lab science courses. The long-term objective is to provide state-of-the-art laboratories to support all science courses, create new programs responsive to industry needs, and train NSCC students and incumbent workers for employment in the region's emerging health and STEM-related industries and innovation economy.
Project Name: Operation Full Recovery: Construction of Extended Stay Treatment Facility Amount Requested: $5,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Veterans, Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605
Location: Worcester County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Veterans Inc. for construction of a 30,000 square foot Extended Stay Treatment facility, a multi-level residential building co-located with other levels of care on the Independence Hall Treatment Center campus, situated on 22 acres of land which includes an existing 55,000 square foot complex.
Project Name: Perkins Behavioral Health and Training Center Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Doctor Franklin Perkins School, 971 Main St., Lancaster, MA 01523 Location: Lancaster, MA Project Purpose: In order to restore the historic building and create the facility necessary to serve as an outpatient behavioral health clinical and training center, it will require a significant renovation. In addition to requested federal funding of $1 million for the renovation of this structure, we expect to receive historical tax credits of $400,000. We project that this multi-use treatment and training site will generate $1 million in annual revenue, and will employ 15 staff, 5 of which will be new positions.
Project Name: Post-Covid Mental Health Language Access and Education for Lowell, MA Refugee and Immigrant Communities Amount Requested: $250,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell, MA 01854 Location: Lowell, MA and surrounding communities Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Lowell Community Health Center (LCHC) for needed language access and education services will ensure high patient engagement and help LCHC meet the heightened demand for both community health prevention and access to vital services, now and in the future. LCHC noted that 58% of their telehealth visits now require interpreters; this service is unreimbursed, but they must provide it in order to best serve our patients. This initiative will include medical interpretation and education, translation of written and electronic educational materials, and website enhancements to assure language access. It will benefit health center patients of all ages and the wider community of Greater Lowell.
Project Name: Program to Upgrade MCLA Network and Improve Student Support Amount Requested: $1,012,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church St, North Adams, MA 01247 Location: Berkshire County, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) for their proposal to build institutional resilience through the upgrade of the campus network and improve student support. As the only public four-year institution of higher education in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, MCLA serves a unique role in educating, incubating workforce development, and driving economic impact. This program will meet the needs of a diverse student population, allow campus to resume operations for residential students, and develop consistent instructional delivery models.
Project Name: Revitalize CDC - DASHH (Doorway to an Accessible, Safe & Healthy Home) Aging in Place
Intended Recipients and Address: Revitalize Community Development Corporation, 1145 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Location: Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke, MA
Project Purpose: Trips and falls are the leading cause of household injury, especially for older adults. Home modifications, along with education on falls prevention, can enable elders to safely remain in their homes, avoiding expensive placement in nursing homes. Most anticipated home modifications for senior homeowners include: installation of accessible ramps; installation of hand railings (interior and exterior); repair/replacement of interior and/or exterior stairs; relocate washers and dryers from the basement to the first floor; installation of grab bars in bathrooms; installation of “right or comfort height” toilets; removal of carpeting and replace with nonslip flooring; and improved lighting.
Project Name: RISE (Resiliency in Supporting Economic Advancement) Amount Requested: $825,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Volunteers of America Massachusetts, 441 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 Location: Framingham, Natick, Waltham, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMASS) to address unemployment through the Resiliency in Supporting Economic Advancement (RISE) program. Even as COVID-19 positive cases continue to decline, its economic impact persists. COVID-19 related unemployment has doubled unemployment levels across all D-5 communities. To address this crisis in D-5, VOAMASS plans to expand upon its current Department of Labor funded project Pathway Home, a workforce training program for incarcerated individuals in Essex County. VOAMASS is proposing expanding eligibility criteria to create a regional, comprehensive and scalable solution for job seekers and employers affected by COVID-19.
Project Name: Salem Family Health Center (SFHC) Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: North Shore Community Health Center, 47 Congress St., Salem, MA 01970 Location: Salem, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by North Shore Community Health Center (NSCHC) for a new and expanded facility to meet the demands for primary care, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services and create a new urgent care facility. The requested fund will support the construction of the new facility in a strategically important location in Salem, MA consisting of 36,000 square feet of space, including new urgent care services. SFHC currently operates out of inefficient, dated, dilapidated leased facilities, which it outgrew ten years ago. Despite the need, SFHC is unable to provide same-day appointment access due to lack of space and the staff it can support. SFHC MassHealth claims data indicates that patients would significantly benefit from access to urgent care services, including X-rays, to prevent long waits at the Emergency Department at MGB Salem. Lastly, space constraints prevent the addition of on-site clinical pharmacy, which would enhance SFHC’s offering of comprehensive services.
Project Name: Schematic Design for New UMass Boston Nursing and Health Science Building
Amount Requested: $2,025,000 Intended Recipient and Address: University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125 Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by UMass Boston to build on its campus a five-story, 129,000 square foot Nursing and Health Sciences Building (NHSB), which will become the primary location for their College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CHNS). The proposed building is purposefully designed to serve multiple nursing programs in Greater Boston. NHSB will support the future of learning by providing general-use classrooms of various sizes and configurations, state-of-the-art laboratories, a learning resource center and collaboration spaces. The teaching, research and translational work flowing from the new building will be critical for the formation of world-class nurses and health practitioners with the scientific and clinical background, as well as the cultural and linguistic preparation ready to take on myriad of challenges facing the City of Boston and the Commonwealth moving forward.
Project Name: Short-term, High-value Credential Training for Boston Residents
Intended Recipients and Address: City of Boston, Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Boston to expand their Tuition Free Community College (TFCC) Program to sub-associate’s level certificate programs. Currently, six partner institutions are included in TFCC: Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), Roxbury Community College (RCC), Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, Urban College of Boston, and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Students come from every neighborhood in the city, and the majority are low-income, Black and Latinx students who are first-generation college students.
Project Name: St. Luke’s Hospital Trauma Center Step-Down Unit Amount Requested: $988,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Southcoast Health , 101 Page Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Location: New Bedford, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Southcoast Health for a Trauma Center Step-Down Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, which will soon open the first and only Level II Trauma Center in Massachusetts’ EMS Region 5. With this expansion of services, it will be necessary to double the existing trauma services step-down unit, an intermediate level of care for patients who need a higher level of care and monitoring than is available on general patient floors. This expansion will increase the unit from eight to 16 beds. Some patients with serious but less-critical injuries may be admitted directly to the step-down unit, ensuring that patients receive the optimal level of care with the optimal allocation of resources.
Project Name: Strengthening Behavioral Health Services Amount Requested: $495,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. ,115 NE Cutoff Bldg 2, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01606 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Kennedy Community Health to cover the cost of behavioral health providers who aren’t currently grant funded, as well as obtaining funding to renovate space in one of their facilities so that they can create a dedicated home for their behavioral health practice in Worcester. This will support the health center as they work toward strengthening its behavioral health services.
Project Name: The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC) Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: City of Boston, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA, 02201
Location: Boston, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by the City of Boston to expand their Tuition Free Community College (TFCC) Program to sub-associate’s level certificate programs. Currently, six partner institutions are included in TFCC: Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), Roxbury Community College (RCC), Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, Urban College of Boston, and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Students come from every neighborhood in the city, and the majority are low-income, Black and Latinx students who are first-generation college students.
Project Name: UMass Lowell River Hawk Scholars Academy (College Access Program) Amount Requested: $501,000 Intended Recipient and Address: University of Massachusetts Lowell, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell, MA 01854 Location: Lowell, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used to support the continuation and expansion of the UMass Lowell River Hawk Scholars Academy (RHSA) College Access program, which has already demonstrated its ability to support the success of first-generation students. Having successfully piloted and established initial supports and nearly tripling the number of students served to date, the RHSA is poised to launch an innovative new phase of its development. Nationally recognized as one of only 20 First-Generation Forward Advisory Institutions in the country by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, the RHSA is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of first-generation college students at UMass Lowell and beyond.
Project Name: UMass Memorial Health – Harrington Hospital: Electronic Health Records to Improve Safety Net Care & Community Health
Amount Requested: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Umass Memorial Health, 100 South St, Southbridge, MA 01550
Location: Southbridge, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by Umass Memorial Health (UMMH) Harrington to support UMMH’s commitment to modernize Harrington’s electronic health records (EHR) system to better serve its patients. Pursuant to the merger agreement between UMMH and Harrington, UMMH has committed close to $100 million in total capital investment in Harrington, including an estimated $45 million to upgrade its outdated EHR system to the state-of-the-art Epic EHR system. UMMH has employed Epic to improve patient communication, enable virtual care and telehealth, improve efficiency, and track and analyze demographic and geographic health data to address health disparities (especially integral to UMMH’s COVID response). Transitioning Harrington to Epic will fully integrate it into a safety net health system and enable some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable patients to benefit from features that improve health outcomes and community health.
Project Name: UMass Memorial Health HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital’s Leominster Campus
Amount Requested: $1,400,000 Intended Recipient and Address: UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland Street, Clinton, MA 01510 Location: Leominster, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by UMass Memorial Health HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital for the purchase of an updated MRI machine to replace an aging machine located on the Leominster Campus. Annually, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance provides the MRI services for almost 8,000 patients per year and is the safety net provider in the Leominster/Fitchburg area. This funding would enable the hospital to provide high quality imaging for the patients in our region. They are the lowest cost provider in the region and would be able to utilize the lower internal capital expenditures to improve the social determinants of health in the community and to ensure the facility is stable for many years to come.
Project Name: Umass Memorial Health - Hospital at Home Amount Requested: $1,000,000 Intended Recipient and Address: Umass Memorial Health, 55 N Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01655
Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by UMass Memorial Health (UMMH) for their “Hospital at Home” program, which will enable many low acuity patients to choose to be treated at home, thereby freeing bed capacity for high acuity, emergent cases and is consistent with CMS’s Hospital Without Walls program. UMMH is the primary provider of highly specialized clinical services in Central New England but is challenged by limited bed capacity. This causes extended delays in transfer of high acuity patients from other hospitals and, in emergent cases, high acuity patients being sent to distant providers.
Project Name: Virtual Cybersecurity Simulator Training
Intended Recipient and Address: Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325-0001
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is ready to expand and develop affordable, world-class cybersecurity and Cybercriminology education and training programing by investing in a cyber range that will benefit and support a diverse workforce. An enterprise cyber range will enable students and constituents to practice, hone, and elevate their cybersecurity skills through defending against real cyber-attack scenarios and incidents such as ransomware in a virtualized environment.
Project Purpose: Cybersecurity continues to be a persistent threat to national security of the United States with cyber-attacks occurring on a regular basis and with growing sophistication.
Project Name: Worcester Minority Economic Empowerment & Home Ownership Center Amount Requested: $755,000 Intended Recipient and Address: CENTRO, 11 Sycamore St., Worcester, MA 01608
Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: The funding would be used by CENTRO, the only Latino-led, multi-cultural multi-service non-profit organization in the City of Worcester, to develop and execute a coordinated and comprehensive effort to increase workforce development opportunities. CENTRO also plans to utilize this funding to increase economic literacy and increase homeownership opportunities for Black and Latino families, as well as other historically economically disadvantaged communities in the city. This will be done in partnership with other smaller area minority-serving organizations.
Project Name: Worcester Together, Worcester Rebuilds Amount Requested: $5,570,000 Intended Recipient and Address: United Way of Central Massachusetts, 484 Main Street, Suite 300 Worcester, MA 01608 Location: Worcester, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by United Way of Central Massachusetts to support the Worester Together, Worcester Rebuilds program, which is a collaboration of more than 300 people from community-based nonprofits, municipal departments, small and large business partners and faith leaders convened by the United Way of Central MA to address the myriad of issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working sub-groups are focused on food access, employment, education, childcare and youth development, housing support, mental and behavioral health, and elders. Throughout the pandemic they have solved problems, created and supported local jobs, stabilized families, and provided immediate responsive help where assistance is most needed. This request is to support their community’s ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Project Name: Working Families Initiative - Building Pathways Out of Poverty Amount Requested: $80,000 Intended Recipient and Address: United Way of North Central Massachusetts, 649 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Location: Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and Athol, MA Project Purpose: This funding would be used by United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) to establish a comprehensive initiative to help low/moderate-income individuals increase income, build savings, gain assets and integrate into the economy. We would expand the Working Families Network of Massachusetts to serve Fitchburg, Leominster, then Gardner and Athol. This regional initiative is implemented by United Way of Massachusetts Bay (UWMB) utilizing a wide range of strategies to advance financial capability for residents. The network is anchored by eight Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs), a national integrated services model pioneered by the Local Initiatives Support Collaboration (LISC).