The seventh year of the Community Compact Cabinet IT Grant Program kicked off on Sept. 15 and will close at noon on Oct. 15.

The program is designed to propel innovation and transformation in local government, making it easier for residents to interact and transact with their local government. Grant recipients have leveraged the program to support numerous local needs and to fulfill key modernization and efficiency initiatives, such as improving disaster recovery and cybersecurity capabilities, implementing e-permitting systems, and upgrading records management, billing systems and public safety systems.

Since its inception, the IT Grant Program has awarded more than 290 grants totaling $15.7 million to municipalities and school districts.

Grants of up to $200,000 may be awarded to fund one-time capital needs. Any city or town that was not awarded an IT grant in fiscal 2021 is eligible to apply.

In August, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito sent a letter to municipal CEOs and school superintendents containing the IT Grant Program application password for their community. Applications cannot be saved once they are started and should be completed all at once.