Under the auspices of the County Commissioners, the Cape Cod Economic Development Council administers a grant program that disburses proceeds from the sale of Cape and Islands license plates.
The CCEDC receives 35% of the total revenues generated by the Cape and Islands License Plate. The remaining funds are split between the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Partnership, and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
One hundred percent of revenue received by the CCEDC is dedicated to regional economic development on Cape Cod.
Since its inception in 1998, the EDC has awarded 182 grants totaling in excess of $4 million. Visit our grant archive.
Over the years, the CCEDC has administered several grant programs, including a small grants program (> $10k), a large grants program (> $50k), and a three year Regional Economic Development Policy Program (REDPP). This program provided the 15 towns on Cape Cod with three consecutive years of funding for economic development in one of the following areas: workforce housing, main street redevelopment and renewable energy. Applicants received up to $75,000 each year for three years toward their goals of creating or enhancing economic programs within their communities in one of the designated areas.
Based on requests received for the REDPP program and the large grant program, it became apparent that the municipalities of Cape Cod required ongoing technical assistance in the area of economic development, and that grant funds were repeatedly being applied for similar projects among many towns.
Therefore, to proactively administer the license plate funds to their highest and best use, the council recommended that the County Commissioners leverage resources so that each town was able to receive technical assistance in order to achieve the economic development goals in their communities. One way to do this was to centralize or ‘regionalize’ the economic development support within the County.
In fiscal 2011, upon recommendation of the CCEDC, the County Commissioners approved the granting of $350,000 for each of three years, for the purposes of overseeing and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Barnstable County. In addition to CEDS implementation, the Cape Cod Commission, will provide technical assistance to all 15 towns within the county.
The CCEDC is in the process of overseeing the implementation of the CEDS and also serves in an advisory capacity to the County Commissioners.