Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representatives Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams), Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Denis E. Guyer (D-Dalton) announce grants awarded to Clarksburg ($40,000), Dalton ($23,750) and Williamsburg ($7,725). The money comes from $2 million set aside in state capital funding for repair, renovation and construction of municipal police stations through the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS).
Senator Downing sent correspondence to all 48 cities and towns in his district making them aware of this funding opportunity and is pleased that three towns have been chosen, “I am glad I am able to provide information and assistance that helps communities in my district access the resources they need. Improving local police stations strengthens public safety and I am glad that the Patrick Administration has made this funding available.”
The program, designed to provide municipalities with grant funding, assessed each applying municipality on fiscal and budgetary constraints, proposed budget and financing of the repair, renovation or construction project, need for the project, resulting benefits to the community, and overall merits of the grant proposal.
“It is the state’s responsibility to bolster local law enforcement with the appropriate investments necessary for them to continue to perform at a high level,” said Representative Bosley. “I am glad that the state continues to invest in our community’s public safety infrastructure. The importance of our local law enforcement community can not be overstated.”
Representative Kulik said, “I congratulate Williamsburg upon receiving a grant through this highly competitive program. These funds will help the town in planning to meet the future law enforcement needs of the community, and I was pleased to offer my support for this successful grant application.”
The Executive Office of Public Safety’s Office of Grants and Research received applications from 97 municipalities with a total ask of $26 million. After careful screening, 23 municipal police station projects were approved for funding. Each awarded municipality must secure a local funding match of 50% of the total project cost. Consistent with guidelines from the Office of the Comptroller, this capital funds grant will be disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis.
Of the Town of Dalton’s award, Representative Guyer said, “I’m glad to see that the Patrick-Murray Administration is living up to its promise to invest in the infrastructure of our communities. This money will be used for badly needed security improvements at the Dalton Police Department.”
Additional information regarding this and other grant programs may be found on the web at www.mass.gov/eopsfunding. Specific questions may be directed to the Executive Office of Public Safety, Office of Grants and Research (617) 725-3301.