The Cape Cod License Plate grant program focuses on regional priorities for economic development, determined annually, that align with implementation of the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Barnstable County has typically distributed license plate funds through major grants and micro grants. The grants' eligible recipients are non-profits and municipalities. The specific priorities identified in the most recent CEDS are:
- Economic resiliency
- Infrastructure investment - particularly wastewater, telecommunications, distributed energy generation, and housing affordability
- Entrepreneurship and Sector Development investments
- Workforce and Business Development
County and Commission Roles
The BCEDC is responsible for determining grant priorities, reviewing grant proposals, and making funding recommendations to the Barnstable County Commissioners for grant awards.
Commission staff will support the grant program, providing administrative support to prepare the on-line proposal site and application forms, prepare RFPs, advise applicants of process, coordinate sub-committee meetings and grant approvals through the Barnstable County Commissioners, and correspond with applicants regarding the award decisions and with grant recipients regarding disbursement of funds and progress reporting.