Mayor Roxann Wedegartner is pleased to announce the City’s most recent grant award is a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Urban Agenda Grant Program. The grant will help fund the Stone Soup Culinary Institute, which prepares students for an array of positions in the diverse field of food service. The institute, an extension of the nonprofit Stone Soup Café, offers a 12-week program that teaches culinary arts and kitchen management skills and includes a Food Handlers License and ServSafe Certification.
This brings to over $37 million the total amount of grants awarded to the City, Greenfield Public Schools and community partners during the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years. This sum includes:
“These grants represent state and federal tax dollars paid by Greenfield residents and businesses flowing back into the local community,” said Mayor Wedegartner. “While much of this is one-time revenue that can’t be built into operating budgets, it is helpful as we improve our infrastructure and build for the future. I want to thank our dedicated City staff for aggressively pursuing grant opportunities, and our Grant Manager Athena Lee Bradley, who has certainly embraced the vision I had for the position when it was added last year.”
Grant funding has been a critical component of the skatepark project, which broke ground in September, and the fire station project, which is poised to break ground November 14, as well as the City’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic effects.