Smart Growth and Regional Collaboration
MAPC Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
The MAPC Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is a funding program that enables and assists municipalities in implementing projects that are beneficial to the community. Municipalities are invited to submit project concepts for work to be undertaken by MAPC through our Technical Assistance Program (TAP).
What's New: Call for Concepts
Through our December 2018 Call for Project Concepts, we are soliciting ideas for projects that will commence in the winter/spring of 2019. Although there is no specific deadline for submitting project concepts, MAPC strongly encourages that proposals be submitted by February 1, 2019.
Projects that serve multiple communities always receive preference; projects that advance the MetroFuture priorities of smart growth, regional collaboration, and/or advancing equity in the region, always receive preference.
Eligible projects cover a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: housing and economic development; regionalization and shared services; public safety; public health; climate change (mitigation or adaptation); clean energy; fair housing; equitable transit-oriented development (E-TOD); bicycle/pedestrian mobility; environmental and resource protection; creative community placemaking; and arts and culture planning.
Last year, MAPC released its five-year update to the State of Equity in Metro Boston Indicators Report. With this round of technical assistance funding, MAPC is particularly interested in seeing projects that help to break down barriers to equity on issues such as housing, economic mobility, public health, public safety, and the integration of marginalized populations. For example, we would be interested in projects that advance policies designed to revitalize low-income neighborhoods without displacing the residents already there, while also opening up high-opportunity communities to a broader range of people.
We will have a particular objective of assisting communities seeking to participate in Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito’s new Housing Choice Program. For further information about Housing Choice, see https://www.mass.gov/housingchoice.
Complementing State Funds
We are also eager to apply TAP funds to complement funds from other state programs that advance smart growth objectives, including Community Compact, Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay Districts, Complete Streets, and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Planning Assistance Grants
Submit an Application
MAPC issues direct calls for applications twice a year. Awards are made on a rolling basis pending the availability of funding, with a batch of awards often made in the late fall and early spring.
Read the most recent December 2018 Call for Projects
Criteria for Project Selection
At MAPC we try our best to fund as many projects that are in accordance with the guidelines as possible through our technical assistance resources or state grant programs. Projects that align with MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston region and involves the advancement of regional land use, policy plans, equity within the region and municipal collaboration usually have a higher chance of being selected.
After concepts are submitted, we will work with the applicant to determine the best funding source(s) based on the specific ideas you present 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 MAPC cannot fully fund the project, we will work with the municipality (or municipalities) to achieve additional funding from other sources. Most awards will draw upon a variety of funding sources – including DLTA, PMTA, 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 Ralph Willmer if you have questions about the application process and the status of your submittal. Feel free to reach out to the subregional coordinator serving your municipality or MAPC department and division managers and directors to discuss a potential project.
Technical assistance program (TAP)
MAPC sees our Technical Assistance Program as a means to help cities, towns, and the Commonwealth to implement local, regional, and state goals. Generally speaking, we give preference to projects that advance the regional land use and policy plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region and the planning priorities identified in the agency’s current Strategic Plan. We also give preference to projects that align with the state priorities.
TAP Funding Sources
The District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program funded annually by the Legislature and the Governor through a state appropriation. The program is administered by each of the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs), which together cover the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns. Beginning in 2016, MAPC partnered with the Baker Administration to give a portion of funds towards projects aligning with Community Compact Best Practices. DLTA projects run through the calendar year (January – December).
The Planning for MetroFuture Technical Assistance (PMTA) Program administered by MAPC and is funded by municipal assessments. It serves the 101 cities and towns in our region and aims to advance the implementation of projects that align with the goals and objectives in the MetroFuture regional plan and the priorities identified in the MAPC Strategic Plan. PMTA projects run through the fiscal year (July – June).
The Community Compact Cabinet (CCC)* is made possible through the Baker’s Administration’s Best Practices Program, the Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program, and the Information Technology Grant Program. This program reflects the Baker Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns. The Cabinet gages municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies to develop mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities. *Cities and towns apply directly to the Baker Administration for CCC funding and can engage MAPC as a technical assistance provider.
The Barr Foundation has provided generous funding and support in several project areas, including arts and culture, equitable transit-oriented development (E-TOD), mobility, and climate adaptation.
MAPC utilizes all of these sources of funding and actively fund raise - in addition to municipal fee-for-service contributions, in-kind resources from municipalities and partners, and grant funding - to enable our staff to provide technical assistance to municipalities on a variety of planning, procurement, and shared services projects.