Forty (40) Hours of Free Technical Assistance to Every Community, Every Year
Please note that the deadline for FY23 applications is April 15, 2023.
As we do every fiscal year, SRPEDD is happy to provide 40 hours of free technical assistance to each of our communities. This tradition – known as our “Municipal Assistance (MA)” Program – provides a variety of options for SRPEDD staff to help move your work forward.
For example, some communities simply use their MA time to complete one or two bite-sized projects, such as GIS mapping or a drone flight. Others use their 40 hours (20 each to your community’s two Commissioners) to request that SRPEDD assist with zoning questions on an ongoing basis. Still others use all 40 hours to jump-start a larger project or as matching funds for grant applications.
This last option is becoming more and more frequent – and more and more powerful. For example, in FY20 and FY21, the town of Wareham used a total of 80 hours of MA as in-kind match to help secure a $60,000 redevelopment study funded by District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). In recent years, several other communities have also used their 40 MA hours to get the ball rolling on larger projects, including Open Space and Recreation Plans, Master Plans, Complete Streets work, and Culvert Assessments.