City of Springfield announces funding for neighborhood councils to increase community participation


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield has funding to help increase awareness and participation of residents on neighborhood councils.

A pilot program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts assigned the Office of Disaster Recovery the task of soliciting proposals under the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. The City will provide funding of up to $ 10,000 per neighborhood council.

Mayor Domenic Sarno, Director of Development Timothy Sheehan, Director of Disaster Recovery Tina Quagliato-Sullivan and Deputy Director of Neighborhood Services Ed Whitley announced the notice of funding availability and the request for proposals to increase the awareness raising and participation in neighborhood councils.

These proposals should demonstrate how a neighborhood council would use the funding to increase residents’ awareness and participation in council activities. Organizations interested in submitting proposals can obtain the documents from the Procurement Office, by contacting Lauren Stabilo at [email protected] All proposals are due before November 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Strategies should focus on environmental justice areas and populations as defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in particular:

  • A group of US census blocks with median annual household income equal to or less than 65% of the statewide median ($ 62,072 in 2010); Where
  • 25% or more of residents identify as a race other than white; Where
  • 25% or more of households have no one over 14 who speaks English only or very well – English Isolation

Mayor Sarno says, “My administration often uses our neighborhood councils as the primary point of two-way communication with residents and neighborhoods and these councils frequently serve as the voice of our many diverse citizens and populations. We recognize that in order to build Springfield’s resilience and respond effectively to disaster situations, we must ensure that these lines of communication are extensive and effective before an actual disaster occurs. I am grateful to Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides for providing this funding which will allow our neighborhood councils to reach more residents and communities. invite more residents to participate in the civic process.

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