Grant Applications & Awards

Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Grant Purpose: Firefighter and Public Safety
Funding Source: Department of Homeland Security – Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Funding Amount Requested: $59,794.74
Anticipated Award Date: 05/01/2121 (delayed)
Anticipated Project Start Date: 05/01/2021 (delayed)
Anticipated Project End Date: 04/30/2023
Town Match: $0
Submission Date: 01/04/2021
Status: In Review

Fire Safety Equipment

Grant Purpose: Firefighter Safety Equipment
Funding Source: State of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Funding Amount Requested: $12,500.00 (maximum allowed)
Anticipated Award Date: 04/15/2021
Anticipated Project Start Date: 04/15/2021
Anticipated Project End Date: 06/30/2021
Town Match: $0
Submission Date: 01/11/2021
Status: Grant Awarded and in process of completing the equipment purchases

Downtown Strategic Plan

Grant Purpose: Downtown Strategic Plan to guide potential changes to Zoning, infrastructure, and initiatives
Funding Source: Metropolitan Area Planning Council -District Local Technical Assistance
Funding Amount Requested: Technical Assistance
Municipal Match: $5,000
Application Due Date: March 18, 2021
Anticipated Award Date: June 2021
Status: Pending Decision
Anticipated Project Start Date: July 2021
Anticipated Project End Date: June 2021

Grant Overview

Downtown Parking Study

Grant Purpose: Downtown Parking Study
Funding Source: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Funding Amount Requested: Technical Assistance
Municipal Match: None Anticipated
Application Due Date: March 18, 2021
Anticipated Award Date: June 2021
Status: Pending Decision
Anticipated Project Start Date: July 2021
Anticipated Project End Date: June 2021

Grant Overview
Parking Study Map

FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) GRANT


Grant Purpose: Replace the bridge/culvert at Central Street, restore Central Pond and install new revetments along the eastern side of the pond
Funding Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Funding Amount Requested: $4,195,500
Municipal Match: $1,398,500 ($500,000 matching grant from state and existing appropriation of $442,000 will satisfy most of the required match)
Date Application Due: 12/11/2020
Anticipated Award Date: approx. December 2021
Status: Application Submitted 
Anticipated Project Start Date: Fall 2022
Anticipated Project End Date: one year from start

Supportive Coastal Infrastructure Project Grants


Tucks Point


The Town of Manchester is requesting funding to enhance and expand the public access docking facility at Tuck’s Point including the installation of an ADA compliant ramp. The town docking facility at Tuck’s Point suffered a catastrophic failure during the October of 2019 gale and was subsequently condemned by Foth Engineering. The docks were first permitted in 1896 and have been part of the waterfront ever since.

CPC - Tucks Point
Seaport Economic Council Grant Application - Tucks Point

Morss Pier


The Town Manchester is requesting funding to expand the docking facilities for commercial fishermen at Morss Pier in historic Masconomo Park. Originally settled as fishing village Manchester has gone through several transformations. Once no more than a shallow channel accessible only at high tide, the harbor is now home to a modest fleet of lobstermen, purse seine fishermen that contribute heavily to the fabric of this busy and vibrant harbor.

Two seasons ago the town made two docks available for lobstermen. It was determined that the two senior lobstermen would receive these coveted tie-up spots. Both have reported the likelihood of continuing to fish for more years since the move from moorings to the dock. The goal of proposed project is to simply improve and extend access for our fishing fleet.

CPC - Morss Pier
Seaport Economic Council Grant Application - Morss Pier

Local Rapid Recovery Grant


Grant Purpose: Recovery Planning for the Downtown Businesses of Manchester and Essex
Funding Source: Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Funding Amount Requested: Technical Assistance
Anticipated Award Date: Jan 2021

Status: AWARDED
Anticipated Project Start Date: Feb 2021
Anticipated Project End Date: June 2021

The Goal of the Local Rapid Recovery Planning (LRRP) program is to give municipalities the opportunity to develop “Local Rapid Recovery Plans” tailored to the unique economic challenges and immediate COVID-19 impacts that have affected downtowns, town centers and commercial areas.

 

The Local Rapid Recovery Plan will be highly action oriented and seek to help us develop immediate strategies for short- term recovery. The plan will also address medium- and long-term recovery strategies, but those will not be the focus of the planning effort. The Plan will offer a concise road map for project-related investments that support alignment with existing public resources as well as the potential to leverage additional resources from other partners and funders. The plans will all include a thorough analysis and exploration of COVID-related challenges and barriers and conclude with a set of projects and strategies necessary to address COVID-19 recovery needs.

 

Due to similarities in size,  geography  and municipal capacity Manchester and Essex have submitted this application together and will work together with the selected consultant to create a Plan that meets the needs of both communities.


MBTS Local Rapid Recovery Grant Award

Local Rapid Planning Application

The 2021 Municipal Road Safety Grant Program (MRS) Grant


Grant Purpose: Covers Five Traffic Enforcement Campaigns.
Winter Impaired Driving: Now through January 23rd
April Distracted Driving: April 2 to April 18th
May Click It or Ticket (CIOT):  May 17 to May 31 
June Speed Enforcement: June 11 to June 27
Summer Impaired Driving: August 20 to September 6
The Grant covers $1,450 for each campaign for additional traffic enforcement
The Grant also has given us $4,740 to purchase a post-mounted TRAFFIC/SPEED Data Recorder from JAMAR Technologies this will be used to conduct traffic and speed studies year-round, unlike the speed tubes that we currently have that can only be used during summer and warmer months.
Total Grant money awarded: $12,000 
FY2021 Municipal Road Safety Grant

FFT2020 EMPG Application


Grant Purpose: Purchase of Emergency Management Equipment Specifically a Town Operated Drone/Unmanned Aircraft system.

Funding Source: Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Funding Amount Requested: $2700.00/Matching funds up to $4000
Anticipated Award Date: October 2020
Status: Awarded October 28, 2020
Anticipated Project Start Date: October 23, 2020
Anticipated Project End Date:  June 30, 2020

EMPG-Application


Forest Stewardship Plan

Grant Purpose: Development of Forest Stewardship Plan and Bird Habitat Assessment for Western Woods
Funding Source: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Funding Amount Requested: Around $10,000 – Depends on cost of study
Anticipated Award Date: July 2020
Status: Awarded August 2020
Anticipated Project Start Date: July 2020
Anticipated Project End Date:  June 2021

*Note:  Due to inability to complete the project by June 30, 2020, the award was returned.  We will reapply in June 2020.

If successful in obtaining funding the Town will hire a Forester to undertake an assessment of the Town-owned and MECT-owned lands in the Western Woods (including bird habitat assessment) and create Forest Stewardship Plan that will outline the Towns goals and recommendations for maintenance and management.  The project will include community meetings to help determine goals and review recommendations.

Forest Stewardship Application

ADA Construction Grant


Grant Purpose: ADA Improvements at Town Hall and Fire Station

Funding Source: Massachusetts Office on Mobility
Funding Amount Requested:  $150,000
Municipal Match:  $15,000
Date Application Due:  October 9, 2020
Anticipated Award Date:  January 2021
Status:  Pending
Funding Amount Received:
Anticipated Project Start Date: February 2021
Anticipated Project End Date:  June 30, 2021

ADA Construction Grant

ADA Planning Grant

Grant Purpose: ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan
Funding Source: Massachusetts Office on Mobility
Funding Amount Requested:  $50,000
Municipal Match:  None required
Date Application Due:  Oct 8, 2019
Anticipated Award Date:  December 2019
Status:  Awarded
Funding Amount Received: $34,942.00
Anticipated Project Start Date: February 2020
Anticipated Project End Date:  August 2020

Housing Choice Small Town Capital Grant

Name of Grant/Purpose: Housing Choice Small Town Capital Grant
Amount Requested: $100,000

Funding Source: Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Municipal Match: $12,000
Application Due Date: July 18, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: Not Known
Status: Granted
Anticipated Project Start Date: As soon as awarded
Anticipated Project End Date: Before June 30 2021

Housing-Choice-Small-Town-Capital-Grant-FY2020-Submission

Downtown Parking Study

Grant Purpose: Downtown Parking Study
Funding Source: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Funding Amount Requested: Est. $25,000
Application Due Date: January 30, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: Spring 2020
Status: Denied
Anticipated Project Start Date: June 2019
Anticipated Project End Date: December 2019

Note: Due to a delay in funding along with anticipated changes in downtown parking patterns this summer the Parking Study will be delayed until 2021.

Parking Study Application

Open Space and Recreation Plan Update

Grant Purpose: Update of the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan
Funding Source: Massachusetts Community Compact Best Practices Program ($25,000); Metropolitan Area Planning Council ($10,000)
Funding Amount Received: $35,000
Municipal Match: In Kind Services
Date Application Due: end of Jan 2020
Anticipated Award Date: Feb 2020
Status: Application submitted and Awarded
Anticipated Project Start Date: Spring 2020
Anticipated Project End Date: April 2021

Town Hall and Waste Water Treatment Plant Flood-Proofing

Grant Purpose: Protect Waste Water Treatment Plan and Town Hall from severe coastal flooding
Funding Source: Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Funding Amount Requested: Est.: $194,325
Municipal Match: $64,775
Date Application Due: April 4, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: Summer 2019
Status: Application Submitted/NOT FUNDED
Anticipated Project Start Date: TBD
Anticipated Project End Date: one year from start

Morss Pier/Masconomo Seawall Restoration

Name of Grant/Purpose: Morss Pier /Masconomo Seawall Restoration
Amount Requested: $327,000
Municipal Match: $100,000 CPC
Application Due Date: June 15, 2016
Anticipated Award Date: February 2017
Status: Application Submitted/ Awarded
Anticipated Project Start Date: January 2019
Anticipated Project End Date: May 2019

Transient Docking Facility Expansion

Name of Grant/Purpose: BIG (Boating Infrastructure Grant) Transient docking facility expansion.
Amount Requested: $360,000
Municipal Match: 27% Cash and in-kind services / Harbor Fund
Application Due Date: August 15, 2014
Anticipated Award Date: February 2015
Status: Application Submitted/ Awarded
Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2019
Anticipated Project End Date: July 2019

Reed Park Visitor Restroom Center / Harbor Office

Name of Grant/Purpose: Reed Park Visitor Restroom Center /Harbor Office
Amount Requested: $350,000
Municipal Match: 25% CPC-Harbor Fund
Application Due Date: May 1, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: October 2019
Status: Application Submitted / Pending
Anticipated Project Start Date: TBD

Central Pond Restoration and Revetment Permitting

Grant Purpose: To apply for state and federal permits required to restore Central Pond and replace the failing pond walls
Funding Source: Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant FY20-FY21
Funding Amount Requested: $72,385
Municipal Match: $18,000 (Cash), $6,740 (in-kind labor)
Date Application Due: Fall 2019
Anticipated Award Date: January 2020
Status: Application Submitted/Awarded
Anticipated Project Start Date:  Underway
Anticipated Project End Date: Phase 1: June 30, 2020 Phase 2: June 30, 2021

Smart Growth Overlay District

Grant Purpose: Smart Growth Overlay District in the Limited Commercial District
Funding Source: Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mass Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Amount Requested: $50,000/Municipal Match: $10,000
Application Due Date: March 2020, May 2020
Anticipated Award Date: May, July
Status: Awarded $10,000 from MAPC Technical Assistance Program
Anticipated Project Start Date: June 2020
Anticipated Project End Date: April 2021