The Community One Stop for Growth is a single application portal and collaborative review process of community development grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum. This process will streamline the experience for the applicant and better coordinate economic development programs and staff on engagement and grant making. It will also reorient the State from a passive reviewer of funding requests to an active partner in economic development strategy, priorities, and investment.The One Stop benefits communities as they pursue state funding to realize their housing and economic development goals:
Ability to be considered for more than one grant program simultaneously, saving time on research and applications to different agencies and programs.
Guidance and State partnerships, allowing applicants to receive key feedback before completing a full application, and allowing the State to holistically and directly engage with local leadership.
Direct referrals to additional programs that applicants may realize could support their priorities.
Removal of redundant legacy program processes and questions to streamline the application experience.
A full view by program staff of community priorities, allowing the state to understand community vision beyond four corners of a single, discrete application.
Collaborative review, allowing for State funding coordination and enhanced State awareness and support for community development goals.
For more information about the program: Community One Stop for Growth | Mass.gov
Winchendon recently submitted an Expression of Interest for 5 priority projects outlined in the Master Plan. Comments from State reveiwers can be found below.
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