The Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants Text Size

State Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash came to Holyoke yesterday to award a number of grants. 

First stop was at the Holyoke Children’s Museum to announce an additional $1.365 million in grant money as part of the States MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The money will go towards the continued efforts of The Holyoke Housing Authority and Community Builders Inc. to redevelop and preserve Lyman Terrace. 

The next stop was at Gateway City Arts (GCA) where the Secretary awarded Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts and SPARK:Holyoke grant money as a part of the Collaborative Workspace Program. This program aims is to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities, by supporting infrastructure that fuels community-based innovation.

Gateway City Arts received $165,000 to upgrade their co-working space by replacing a freight elevator with an ADA-compliant passenger elevator. From art studios to personal workspace, GCA provides co-work facilities and networking opportunities for artists and small-business entrepreneurs. 

SPARK:Holyoke received a $64,545 grant for improvements to their incubation spaces for business startups. This will include minor cosmetic enhancements and technology updates. SPARK provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources they need to be successful through development of an ecosystem of organizations.

Congratulations to Lori Divine-Hudson and Vitek Kruta of Gateway City Arts and SPARK:Holyoke for receiving these awards.


Posted on October 25, 2017 by