State Awards $11.6 Million in MVP Grants
We’re thrilled that several communities in the SVT region received some of the $11.6 million worth of Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grants awarded by the state last week. The grants are designed to help cities and towns identify climate hazards, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement priority actions to adapt to climate change.
In 2017, Governor Charlie Baker created the MVP program through an Executive Order to encourage Massachusetts cities and towns to take action against climate change. With the 2020 grants, 82% of Massachusetts cities and towns are now enrolled.
In our region, Berlin, Billerica, Bolton, Boxborough, and Lowell all received grants to complete the MVP planning process in 2020.
Plus, Acton, Chelmsford, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, and Weston received grants to implement specific projects this year.
In some cases, MVP funds are used for land conservation, which is a great way to mitigate the effects of climate change. Last year, the Town of Mattapoisett received $960,000 to purchase 120 acres of conservation land. This year, the Town of Cuttyhunk received $1.4 million to preserve 68 acres on Gosnold Island.
Although these coastal projects are not in the SVT region, they demonstrate the value of MVP funding. SVT stands ready to assist communities in our region on any MVP planning or MVP plan amendments and, as always, to implement any land conservation projects that would advance a community's MVP goals.