Back in July 2021, we introduced you to our newest innovative program – EmPower Massachusetts (EmPower Mass). We’re finally back to give you an update on the program! As detailed in the blog from last year, we launched EmPower Mass in May 2021. We had several months of meaningful engagement with interested organizations and individuals; building up to our deadlines in the late summer and fall. And how did things proceed from there?
First, we should state that we were simply thrilled by the amount of interest expressed in the first round of EmPower! In response to the two deadlines for 2021, we received over 40 funding requests totaling over $3 million. Unsurprisingly, making selections out of a large and impressive applicant pool is never easy. So, to start off, we’d like to encourage previous applicants that we were unable to award the first time to consider applying again in the future. With that, we’re happy to share that through the Innovation and Capacity Building grant opportunity, we were able to award 19 community organizations, non-profits, and local governments for up to $25,000 in funding each. Under the Implementation grant opportunity, we were able to award 13 community organizations, non-profits, and local governments for up to $150,000 in funding each. Those 32 awards collectively totaled $2.2 million and represented a total of 84 partner organizations and individuals. To learn more about the awardees, see our press release or check out the program webpage, which includes an interactive story map that shows the regional locations of the awardees.