Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP Planning Grant program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action Grant funding and other opportunities. 

MVP Action Grants:

Climate Action and Resiliency Plan: Shrewsbury received $100,000 to create a Climate Action and Resilience Plan. The plan will act as a roadmap for how Shrewsbury will take action in the next 5 years to make progress toward the Town's climate goals. The plan would be organized into five specific focus areas to address climate change: the built environment, energy, transportation, natural resources, and preparedness. 

Zoning Bylaw Parking Requirement Update: The Town of Shrewsbury received $90,000 to pursue an innovative regulatory update of the parking requirements in the Shrewsbury Zoning Bylaw. The project will consist of an extensive review of the existing parking bylaw, research into innovative parking regulations that have been successful in other communities, recommendations for new parking requirements to reduce and replace parking spaces in commercial and residential developments with green infrastructure, as well as incentives for owners to redesign existing parking lots. 

See our Website here:

Meeting Documents:

Meeting 1 Slides (March 2023) 

Meeting 2 Slides (June 2023)

Watch the last virtual outreach meeting here

MVP Planning Grant:

MVP Graphic Planet Earth

Shrewsbury MVP Workshop and Plan: On May 9 and 14, 2018, the Town of Shrewsbury held a Municipal Vulnerabilities Preparedness (MVP) workshop (the core team elected to complete the workshop over two half-days). The workshop’s goal was to identify hazards that Shrewsbury faces that are being exacerbated by climate change, and to prioritize actions the Town can take to prepare for identified hazards. This workshop, planned by a core team of organizers and the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. was a step towards MVP certification, which allows certified communities access to additional state grants for projects related to climate change resiliency.