The Cape Cod License Plate grant program focuses on regional priorities for economic development, determined annually, that align with implementation of the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Barnstable County has typically distributed license plate funds through major grants and micro grants. The grants' eligible recipients are non-profits and municipalities. The specific priorities identified in the most recent CEDS are:
- Economic resiliency
- Infrastructure investment - particularly wastewater, telecommunications, distributed energy generation, and housing affordability
- Entrepreneurship and Sector Development investments
- Workforce and Business Development
COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Grants
Proposals are being sought from local or regional governmental or nonprofit agencies for projects that support recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and resiliency to such impacts in the future.
Approximately $150,000 has been allocated for grants up to $25,000 in FY21.
Projects proposed should address a documented impact of the pandemic and align with and support implementation of the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Demographic and economic data for Cape Cod towns, non-profit organizations, and businesses recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19 is available through the Cape Cod COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The dashboards include regional and town data (when available) on population demographics, unemployment trends, rooms and meals tax revenues, employment, housing, and seasonality and may be used to assist in documenting COVID-19 impacts.
Applications are due no later than July 10, 2020. Awards are anticipated to be made in August 2020.
County and Commission Roles
The BCEDC is responsible for determining grant priorities, reviewing grant proposals, and making funding recommendations to the Barnstable County Commissioners for grant awards.
Commission staff will support the grant program, providing administrative support to prepare the on-line proposal site and application forms, prepare RFPs, advise applicants of process, coordinate sub-committee meetings and grant approvals through the Barnstable County Commissioners, and correspond with applicants regarding the award decisions and with grant recipients regarding disbursement of funds and progress reporting.