Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
The MAPC Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is a funding program that enables and assists cities and towns in implementing projects that are beneficial to the community.
Now Accepting Applications for 2023 Projects
Contact Andrea Harris-Long at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the application process, to submit your application, or to learn about the status of your submittal. Feel free to reach out to the sub-regional coordinator serving your municipality or MAPC department or working group managers and directors to discuss a potential project.
Criteria for Project Selection
MAPC funds a diverse range of projects through TAP. Each year, MAPC sets priorities for funding based on MetroCommon2050 goals, the agency’s Strategic Plan, the State of Equity for Metro Boston Policy Agenda, and the investment priorities of partner funding sources (e.g., the State’s District Local Technical Assistance program). In 2023, projects that include one or more of the following priorities will be prioritized for funding.
- Advancing racial and social equity by breaking down barriers to housing, economic mobility, positive health outcomes, and public safety. Projects that demonstrate strong partnerships between municipalities and community anchors or organizations are preferred.
- Multiple communities working together to better understand and address shared challenges. This also includes projects that can serve as a model for other communities.
- Compliance with the new Housing Choice law, including Section 3A MBTA Communities. MAPC will prioritize working with communities who are committed to including Affordable Housing provisions in new or updated zoning regulations.
Project proposals that do not consider how to advance equity or include multiple communities may be awarded grants, if funding remains. MAPC staff is available to help applicants identify equity considerations and potential municipal partners as projects are developed to ensure competitiveness in the application process.
More Information on Preferred Projects that advance MetroCommon 2050
After project concepts are submitted, MAPC will work with the applicant to determine the best funding source(s) based on the specific ideas presented and the timetable and criteria of the funding sources that are best suited for the work.
Approved projects are awarded a funding allocation that is based on an assessment of anticipated tasks. If a project cannot be fully funded through TAP, MAPC will work with the applicant to pursue additional funding from other sources. Most awards will draw upon a variety of funding sources - including District Local Technical Assistance, Planning for MetroCommon2050 Technical Assistance, grants from private foundations, leveraged grants from state programs, and fee-for-service contributions.
Selected projects are assigned to a project manager, who works with municipalities to develop detailed scopes of work.
Contact Andrea Harris-Long at email@example.com if you have questions about the application process and the status of your submittal. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the sub-regional coordinator serving your municipality or MAPC department and division managers and directors to discuss a potential project.
Leverage TAP funding with state grant programs - MAPC can help you apply!
MAPC often provides TAP funds to complement grants from state programs that advance MetroCommon2050 goals for smart growth. This partnership has enabled a variety of projects, from Housing Production Plans to multifamily and mixed-use zoning efforts. MAPC can assist municipalities in preparing applications for projects where the municipality would like to work with MAPC. Grant application programs include but are not limited to:
- Community Compact
- Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay Districts
- Complete Streets
- Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program
- Community One Stop for Growth
- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Planning Assistance Grants
If you are interested in partnering with MAPC on a project and applying for a state grant program, contact TAprogram@mapc.org.
DISTRICT LOCAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (DLTA) FUNDED PROJECTS
A significant share of the TAP is funded by District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA), money appropriated annually by the State Legislature and Governor to regional planning agencies. A selection of recently funded DLTA projects is provided below. To view a comprehensive list of projects from a variety of practice areas, browse the DLTA project summary reports that MAPC delivers to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on an annual basis:
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