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Municipal Public Safety Staffing: Police and Fire (Massachusetts)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS)


    The intent of this grant program is to assist eligible municipalities to maintain public safety and emergency response services by helping to address police and/or fire department staffing shortfalls.

    Funding may be requested for the following purposes:

    • To restore laid off sworn police officers and/or firefighters;
    • To retain police officers/firefighters that would otherwise be laid off during the current fiscal year if not for this funding;
    • To restore police/fire staffing levels due to attrition and other reasons;
    • To restore or retain civilian employees working at the police and/or fire department; and/or
    • For overtime necessary to provide adequate shift coverage and/or to maintain staffing levels.

    History of Funding

    $4,250,000 was available in 2016.

    Additional Information

    Eligible applicants for public safety and emergency staffing include communities that: (1) have populations of at least 60,000; and (2) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had an operating budget per capita of less than $200 in 2010. 


    Kevin Stanton

    Kevin Stanton
    One Ashburton Place, Suite 2133
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 725-3363
    (617) 727-4764

  • Eligibility Details

    In FY 2021 ten Massachusetts communities are eligible for funding: Lowell, Brockton, Lynn, Fall River, Newton, Lawrence, Somerville, Framingham, Haverhill, and Malden. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by October 27, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    The funds are for both public safety and emergency staffing thus allowing municipalities to utilize funds for police and/or fire needs. The Mayor/City Manager for each municipality must determine whether applications for funding will be submitted for police and/or fire, and how much will be appropriated to the respective department. 

    Due to newly revised legislative language, communities shall not receive less in grant funding than their previous approved award by EOPSS. Due to an increase in the overall Municipal Staffing award, each municipality will receive an additional $50,200. Award amounts for each municipality can be found in the Application Guidance.

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