Mass. awards innovation grants for communities
BOSTON (AP) — The state has awarded more than $2 million in grants for cooperative efforts between local governments.
The 27 grants encompassing 162 cities and towns were handed out in the second year of the Community Innovation Challenge program.
The program encourages municipalities and school districts to team up and pool their resources to provide services on a regional basis, thereby cutting costs for individual communities.
For example, seven school districts in western Massachusetts, including Agawam, West Springfield and East Longmeadow, have collaborated on programs for students with severe emotional or behavioral disorders.
The grants were announced by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor, who said the new fiscal reality requires governments to change the way they do business.