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The Division of Local Services publication City and Town today published a Q and A on Community Innovation Challenge Grants.

Grant applications to promote regionalization or to enact reform and efficiency initiatives on the local level are due Jan. 17th, with recipients of the award to be notified in February 2012.

The Q and A contains a link to additional information such as grant guidelines and an application. The link will also carry an expanded Q and A coming soon to the page.

The goal of the program is provide significant incentives and financial support for one-time or transitional costs related to improving local government service delivery efficiency, service quality, and achieving cost savings through either:

(1) Regionalization; shared services, joint or regional facilities, intergovernmental agreements, consolidations, mergers, and other types of collaborations, or

(2) Other reform and efficiency initiatives; for a single entity to plan and implement innovative internal efficiency initiatives to improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery in ways that achieve cost savings.

Criteria for selection will include, but are not limited to: innovation; potential for greatest impact; cost savings and/or other tangible benefits such as service enhancements, service delivery efficiencies, or other benefits; demonstrated feasibility of successful implementation; speed of project timeline for completion; and potential applicability to other local governments.

The program provides $4 million in grants, with no single grant larger than $500,000. 

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