The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Local Rapid Recovery Planning program, part of the Baker-Polito administration’s Partnerships for Recovery initiative.

The planning program provides technical assistance by consultant teams with expertise in effective strategies to stabilize business districts, but does not provide direct funding. The Department of Housing and Community Development will match recipients with a consultant team.

A total of $9.5 million is available to fund the technical assistance. Projects using the technical assistance must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Examples of short- and medium-term objectives that could use technical assistance include maximizing municipal websites, getting people back to work, bridging the digital divide, and revamping licensing procedures.

All 351 municipalities in Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit entities, such as business improvement districts, main street organizations and community development corporations, are also eligible to lead the planning process with local government support.

More details and the short, online application form are available online. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Dec. 18.

A webinar will be held on Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. to provide more information about the program. To register, visit the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative website.

Partnerships for Recovery is aimed at revitalizing downtowns and responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses.

Email Emmy Hahn at with any questions.