Plymouth: County Looks to Establish Grant Writer Program



In Plymouth, the County is looking to create a grant writer program with three towns participating. Plymouth County is made up of 26 towns plus the City of Brockton. The towns involved in the grant writer program would fund the salary and benefits of the grant writer whose job would be to identify available Federal, State, and corporate grants.

County Administrator Frank Basler explains the advantage of the collaborative effort:

“By the three towns coming together it creates better efficiencies and economies of scale so that we can hire a much better quality grant writer than if any one town just subbed out a small amount of money for a grant writer.”

And it was the Town of Kingston that inspired the joint effort:

“Kingston thinks that there are a significant amount of grant monies that can be utilized in all different areas of their operation. So, again, this is going to be three towns that we’re focusing on—Kingston would be the first—we’d go to other surrounding towns and then that would really be able to get money back into the towns. So the return on investment is very significant.”

The annual investment in the grant writer program is expected to be twenty-five thousand dollars for each of the three participating towns and the search and hiring process for the grant writer will include those towns.

 

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.