Conservative Law Foundation (CLF)

Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund

The HNEF focuses on bringing new sources of capital to mixed-use, mixed-income real estate projects that can catalyze the creation of healthy neighborhoods. The HNEF prioritizes projects with the greatest potential to bring lasting benefits to residents—quality housing across income levels, job opportunities, and better health—while also delivering returns for investors.

Department of Conservation & Recreation

Greening the Gateway Cities Program

DCR’s Urban and Community Forestry Greening the Gateway Cities Program is designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential areas. This program targets areas within Gateway Cities that have lower tree canopy, older housing stock, high wind speeds, and a larger rental population.

Department of Housing and Community Development

Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP)

The Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), established by M.G.L., Chapter 40V, provides Gateway Cities with a tool to develop market rate housing while increasing residential growth, expanding diversity of housing stock, supporting economic development, and promoting neighborhood stabilization in designated areas.  The program provides two tax incentives to developers to undertake new construction or substantial rehabilitation of properties for lease or sale as multi-unit market rate residential housing.

Housing Choice Community Grant Program

Competitive capital grant program open to municipalities that have achieved the Housing Choice Designations. Grant fund infrastructure improvements in those communities that have shown commitment to advancing sustainable housing production.

DHCD Housing and Planning Technical Assistance and Grants Database

Program Chart

This program chart includes a comprehensive list of state resources put together by an interagency technical assistance group that meets quarterly that MassHousing Partnership participates with. It includes resources, such as ADA Planning and Projects Grants, Mass Downtown Initiative, MassHousing’s Opportunity Fund, and more.

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit Module–Chapter 40R (and 40 S)

Chapter 40R of the Massachusetts General Laws encourages cities and towns to establish new overlay zoning districts to promote housing production and smart growth development. Chapter 40R and 40S both provide financial incentives to communities to adopt these new zoning districts.

Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit Modules—Transit Oriented Development

TOD creates mixed-use, higher density communities that encourage people to live, work and shop near transit services and decrease their dependence on driving.

Planning Assistance Grants
Grants are available to Commonwealth’s municipalities, and Regional-Planning Agencies acting on their behalf to support their efforts to plan, regulate (zone), and act to conserve the development land consistent with the Massachusetts’ Sustainable Development Principles. These Planning Assistance Grants are part of an effort to encourage municipalities to implement land use regulations that are consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration land conservation and development objectives.

Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development

MassWorks Infrastructure Grants
Created in 2010 to provide municipalities with a one-stop shop for public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development and job creation. The Program is a consolidation of six former grant programs: Public Works Economic Development (PWED), Small Town Rural Assistant Program (STRAP), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), MA Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Growth Districts Initiative (GDI), Transit Oriented Development (TOD). This program provides funds for municipalities and other eligible public entities to support and accelerate housing and job growth in the Commonwealth.

Chapter 43D—Expedited Local Permitting
This program offers communities a tool to promote targeted economic and housing development. Chapter 43D would provide a transparent and efficient process for municipal permitting, guarantee local permitting decisions on priority development sites within 180 days, and increase visibility of communities and targeted development site(s).

Federal Transit Administration (USDOT)

TOD 202: Station Area Planning: How to make great TODs

This manual is intended to help with simplifying the complex decision that surround planning for TOD projects and station areas by providing details about the scales of development likely to occur in different places, as well as station area planning principles and TOD plan checklists.

Housing Choice Initiative

The Housing Choice Initiative rewards municipalities that have produced certain rates or amounts of new housing units in the last five years and that adopted best practices related to housing production that will sustain a 21st century workforce and increase access to opportunity for Massachusetts residents. Communities that achieve the Housing Choice designation, which lasts for two years, have exclusive access to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive bonus points or other considerations to certain state grant programs.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Transit-Oriented Development

LISC has been working on TOD with a comprehensive view of healthy communities that taps the creativity of people in the neighborhood. They bring together public and private partners to listen, plan, fund, build and educate communities about how to make TOD pay off—both for residents and neighborhoods. Over the last few years, LISC has invested $222 million in efforts like these. The projects are as varied as the places where they are built.

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP)

Through this program the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council seeks to create new jobs and help businesses grow. They encourage growth by offering credits to lower taxes in exchange for job creation.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Complete Streets Funding Program

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes- walking, biking, transit and vehicles—for people of all ages and abilities. The MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program provides technical assistance and construction funding to eligible municipalities.


Infrastructure Financing offer/brochures/infrastructurefinancing _brochure.pdf

MassDevelopment offers access to three infrastructure financing programs designed to support and accelerate economic development. The programs can be used independently, or in combination, and involve the establishment of an identified development district to finance infrastructure. The programs include: Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program, District Improvement Financing, and Local Infrastructure Development Program.  

Site Readiness Program

The fund aims to boost the Commonwealth’s inventory of large, well-located, project-ready sites; to accelerate private-sector investment in industrial and commercial projects; and to support the conversion of abandoned sites and obsolete facilities into clean, actively-used, tax-generating properties.

Transformative Development Initiative (TDI)

TDI is a place-based development program for Gateway Cities designed to enhance local private-public engagement and community identity; stimulate an improved quality of life for local residents; and spur increased investment and economic activity. The initiative is rooted in three principles: strategic district focus, local collaborative partnerships, and community engagement.

New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC)

This program was created to stimulate investment in designated low-income communities. MassDevelopment assesses potential NMTC projects for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses, such as community and health centers, retail and art centers, performing art center, and more.  

Brownfields Redevelopment Fund

This fund finances the environmental assessment and remediation of brownfield sites in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) of the Commonwealth. The 2016 Economic Development Bill authorized $45 million over ten years from the Commonwealth’s capital budget for the fund. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $100,000 in site assessment funding, and/or up to $500,000 in remediation funding.


Planning for Housing Production Program

This program builds on local affordable housing planning, by providing cities and towns with additional technical capacity to implement their own housing production goals, and deliver new mixed-income housing. Successful applicants will identify housing development opportunities and barriers preventing the realization of local housing planning strategies, and will demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively to deliver on their housing goals.

Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)


MHP supports communities, housing authorities and non-profit housing organizations in their efforts to create affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. They provide a variety of different resources related to affordable housing and development, such as helping communities zone for increased density and assisting with developer selection.


DataTown compiles community-level information from various available data sources for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, and visualizes that data in graphics and charts so it’s easy to understand, print out and bring to a community discussion.

Housing Toolkit

The Housing Toolbox for MA Communities is designed to be a one-stop resource for local boards, committees, planners, municipal staff and volunteers. Developed by MHP and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, explains how to create and execute an effective affordable housing strategy. It is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to help municipalities become partners in increasing the state’s housing production.

Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America works with everyone involved in the process of urban planning and development to think strategically about building better towns and cities. For instance, they work with: Local elected leaders to improve public policy and their municipalities be more prosperous; real estate developers and investors to capitalize on market demand; economic development agencies to provide innovative strategies for place-based economic development; and more.

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)

District Local Technical Assistance Program (DTLA)

Since 2009, Massachusetts has funded the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program to enable communities to work on projects that they would otherwise be unable to complete.  Working with the Commonwealth, regional planning agencies (RPAs) select and implement eligible DLTA projects from community applications.  They emphasize projects that meet the program’s goals and have a high likelihood of creating more public and private investments.


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