Participating Projects


Commonwealth Places®


Our Program

Commonwealth Places is a crowdgranting challenge program created by MassDevelopment to activate new or distressed public places & community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and non-profits to improve low/moderate-income communities in Massachusetts.

MassDevelopment works to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth to help create jobs, increase the number of housing units, revitalize urban environments, and improve quality of life.

This opportunity mobilizes community members, residents and general supporters to make individual contributions while promoting their efforts to others. Communities and non-profits can submit projects by applying for a Patronicity crowdfunding online donation campaign. Projects meeting fundraising goals can receive a matching grant from MassDevelopment of up to $50,000. To start an application, simply begin crafting a crowdfunding project page that is directed towards your community and potential donor audience.

Commonwealth Places projects include:

  • Public Plaza & Green Space Development
  • Access to Public Amenities
  • Farmer’s Markets, Community Kitchens, Pop-Up Retail/Incubator Space
  • Alley Rehabilitation
  • Any other place based (or public space improvement) project

Note: Applications will be accepted until all funds have been disbursed.

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What is CrowdGranting?

CrowdGranting is a broad based, low dollar fundraising effort used to leverage a sponsor's matching grant.

Through the "Commonwealth Places" program created by MassDevelopment and Patronicity, approved projects in communities throughout the state that crowdfund half of the cost of their project will receive matching funds to help make it happen.

CrowdGranting takes the place of review committees and the traditional grant process by allowing members of the community to vote with their dollars on what kinds of projects they would like to see. CrowdGranting projects activate neighbors and supporters locally, as well as worldwide, to support and bring attention to new community amenities.

Do you have a great project that deserves a boost from CrowdGranting? Click the "LEARN MORE" tab for details.


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