Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program

In 2017, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) initiated the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program to help communities plan for and take action toward becoming more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The program provides Planning Grants to assist municipalities in preparing for the impacts of climate change through participation in a community climate vulnerability workshop and development of a climate change action plan. Communities that complete the planning grant program receive “a Certified MVP Community” designation, are then eligible for MVP Action Grants, and achieve increased standing in other state grant programs. MVP Action Grants fund the implementation of priority climate change adaptation actions that have been described in the municipality’s MVP plan. In 2018, the City of Woburn received an MVP Planning Grant to follow the Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop Guidance, developed by The Nature Conservancy. This grant has enabled Woburn to consider the impacts of climate change and plan for resilience.  Having completed this process, the City is now able to apply for MVP Action Grants, and has recently submitted its first MVP Action Grant Application.  Above, click the “Forms and Documents” tab to view the MVP Planning Workshop Summary Report and the City’s first MVP Action Grant Application.  Both are available as Adobe Acrobat pdf files and will need an acrobat reader program to view.