Four Cape Towns Receive $135,000 State Grant

SANDWICH –The state has awarded four towns on the Cape a grant of $135,000 for regional wastewater management with Joint Base Cape Cod.

Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee and Falmouth were the grant recipients.

The environmental appropriation was provided by the Community Compact Cabinet, a group formed by the governor’s administration that partners with Massachusetts’ cities and towns to improve state-local partnerships, advance municipal interests, and promote best practices.

Cities and towns that sign a Community Compact with the administration are eligible for grants.

“Lieutenant Governor Polito and I formed the Community Compact Cabinet shortly after coming into office as a way for the state to serve as a more reliable partner for our cities and towns,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to announce several grants today that will help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth share services and find efficiencies.”

The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program is a new program for Fiscal Year 2017 and provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability.

The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.

The first round of applications in 2016 was highly competitive, opening October 15th and closing on November 15th.

The next round of applications will be open from January 1st until February 1st, 2017.

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