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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Town of Provincetown Receives $300,000 in State Grant Awards for Economic Development Projects


The Town of Provincetown is proud to announce that it has received awards from three state grant programs, totaling $300,000. These grants will further enhance the Town's ongoing commitment to sustainable economic development and community improvement.

These awards were applied for through the Commonwealth’s Community One Stop for Growth application portal, overseen by the Executive Office of Economic Development (EOED). This innovative portal streamlines the process for municipalities and organizations to access 13 state grant programs that fund various facets of economic development, including planning and zoning, site preparation, building construction, infrastructure, and housing development.

The follow provides more details about the grants received by the Town:

1. Housing Choice Grant Program - $20,000
Provincetown has been granted $20,000 to design approximately 450 feet of sidewalk and a bike lane, complete with street lighting. This project will connect the Barracks, a proposed workforce housing development, to Shank Painter Road and the adjacent neighborhood, downtown, school, grocery store, shops, and restaurants. This initiative will not only enhance the town's infrastructure but will also promote a more walkable and bike-friendly environment.

2. Rural and Small Town Development Fund - $100,000
The Town is the recipient of $100,000 to support the Shank Painter Road Zoning Study. This initiative aligns with the community's vision for the Shank Painter neighborhood as a vibrant mixed-use gateway, promoting commercial development at the street level and creating opportunities for adding housing above storefronts. This project dovetails with the 2024-2025 state and federally funded Transportation Improvement Project (TIP), which will transform Shank Painter Road into a Complete Street, providing a safer and more attractive environment for residents and visitors alike.

3. Site Readiness Program - $180,000
Provincetown has been awarded a grant of $180,000 to support site preparation for the 3 Jerome Smith housing development. These funds will be utilized for the excavation and removal of an in-ground septic system and other subsurface infiltration components from a Town-owned parcel, paving the way for the construction of critically needed affordable housing.

“The awards demonstrate Provincetown's proactive approach to applying for grants that help make projects possible without placing an additional burden on our taxpayers,” said Town Manager Alex B. Morse. “These grants will play a vital role in advancing the Town's commitment to creating a more vibrant, sustainable, and prosperous future for its residents and visitors.”

Town staff are grateful for the funding provided through these state grant programs as they will help support Provincetown's goals of a more connected, economically vibrant, and inclusive community.

More information on the $164 million dollars in state grants awarded though the Community One Stop for Growth program can be found here.

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