Local governments and nonprofit organizations provide grants to help residents in Massachusetts make roofing repairs. You must meet the income limit requirements to qualify for a roofing grant. Grants are also available to repair public facility roofs. These grant program funds do not have to be repaid as long as the grantee complies with the conditions of the award.
Low-income residents in Boston, Haverhill, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester can get help to repair or replace their roofs with Rebuilding Together. The Rebuilding Together organization helps low-income seniors, people with disabilities and veterans make the repairs. Nonprofits can also apply for grants to repair the roofs on their facilities. Homeowners must provide documentation of income, federal income tax returns and a copy of the most recent Boston real estate tax bill with their application for help. Nonprofits must provide their status as an exempt 501(c)3 organization, a copy of their most recent audit and an informational brochure on the services they provide to the community to get a roofing grant. Grant recipients are asked to participate in making the repairs.
MSBA Green Repair Program
The Massachusetts School Building Authority provides $300 million in Green Repair grants to public schools in Massachusetts. A Green Repair grant can be used to repair roofs with energy-efficient materials. To qualify for a grant, a school must demonstrate that it will be in operation for the life of the new roof. The MSBA typically covers up to 80 percent of the cost to repair the roof. The school district is responsible for paying the remaining share of the project costs. The goal of this program is to improve the learning environment and make schools more energy efficient.
City of Gardner Housing Rehabilitation Program
The city of Gardner provides rehabilitation grants and deferred loans for low-to-moderate income residents to make repairs to their roofs. For rental housing, the property owner can get a loan up to $30,000; however, the average loan amount is $9,000 per housing unit. The property owner and the resident must meet the program eligibility requirements to get help with roof repairs. The maximum income for a one-person household is $43,800. A property owner must be current on city taxes and mortgage payments. A zero-interest, 15-year term loan is provided. A loan does not have to be repaid as long as the owner remains current on taxes, maintains the property and keeps rents affordable.
Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund provides funding to repair cultural facilities and schools. As of July, 2011, the Cultural Facilities Fund has provided $37 million in grant awards. Funded projects have included repairing cultural facility roofs. Registered 501(c) nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities and public or private institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for a grant. In addition, an organization must demonstrate that the repairs will benefit tourism in the local area. Grant award recipients are required to provide a matching contribution from their own or other sources.
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