Artisan’s Among Awardees of Baker-Polito Administration $1.2 Million to Help Collaborative Workspaces

DATE:  January 5, 2021     CATEGORIES:  Somerville Media Center Partnership

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $1,205,000 in grants to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship, awarded to 26 organizations in 18 communities throughout the Commonwealth. The fifth round of the Collaborative Workspace Program, administered by MassDevelopment, aims to accelerate business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally-based innovation.

“Our Administration is proud to provide funding to help collaborative workspaces comply with the mandatory workplace safety standards essential to our COVID-19 reopening plan,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Now in its fifth round, the Collaborative Workspace Program continues to provide key support to our community of entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and students who drive economic activity and job creation across Massachusetts.”

“We are pleased to announce grants today to 26 collaborative workspaces across Massachusetts, which will help them improve their facilities and reopen safely,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Beyond funding additions and new equipment, these awards will help recipients buy new HVAC systems and desk dividers, and implement other needed safety measures as we continue to navigate this pandemic.”

“Today’s awards build on the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to helping businesses and organizations responsibly reopen,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “These grants will ensure that collaborative workspaces, key contributors to our innovation economy, have the tools and resources they need to safely carry on their work and, in turn, help drive our economic recovery.”

“The Collaborative Workspace Program is a resource for collaborative workspaces to expand, buy equipment, and – this year, in the wake of COVID-19 – fund critical safety improvements to protect members and staff,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “MassDevelopment is proud to administer this important program on behalf of the Commonwealth and we thank the Baker-Polito Administration and Legislature for their continued support.”

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