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Leominster Gets $25G Climate-change Grant

May 4, 2019

PLYMOUTH -- Leominster was among 27 communities that were awarded grants to complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans through the Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness program, the Baker-Polito Administration announced this week.

Leominster, which was awarded $25,000, will share in $725,000 granted to the 27 communities, bringing the number of communities in the program to 184, or half of all Massachusetts municipalities.

Baker made the announcement at an event celebrating the removal of the Holmes Dam in Plymouth and highlighting the administration’s efforts to combat and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, we are proud to announce that half of Massachusetts’ communities have partnered with the commonwealth through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program to take action and fund projects to prepare for climate resiliency,” said Baker. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Legislature to continue the commonwealth’s leadership on climate change through our proposal to provide $1.3 billion over 10 years to local resiliency projects that will protect vital infrastructure.”

The grant and designation program, which builds on Gov. Charlie Baker’s Executive Order 569, as well as other administration-led state and local partnerships, provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.

This is the third round of the program’s planning grants, and the funding round will remain open until Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis.