Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

A Neutral Forum for Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building

FY 2013 Community Mediation Center Grant Application Process

FY 2013 Grant Funded Centers

MOPC will follow the process outlined below in its FY 2013 grant-making:

July 2012
• Development of grant-making policies and procedures with University administration
• Development of grant procedures and criteria with community mediation centers
• Appointment of Grant Review Committee
• Issuance of Grant Application Request (GAR) – July 31, 2012

August 2012
• Posting of GAR on MOPC website and state procurement website
• Advertisement of GAR through mediation, nonprofit, municipal and higher education networks
• Deadline for submission of grant application questions by August 10, 2012
• Briefing for potential grant applicants at UMass Boston on August 10, 2012
Deadline for submission of grant application by August 31, 2012

September 2012
• Review of grant applications by Grant Review Committee
• Determination of grant recipients and awards by MOPC
• Notice of grant determinations to all applicants by September 30, 2012
• Execution of letters of agreement and contracts by grantees

October 2012
• First grant disbursement to funded community mediation centers by October 31, 2012

FY 2013 Grant Guidelines & Application Form

See grant guidelines and the grant application form below for further details and instructions on how to apply.

Click here for the FY13 Grant Guidelines

Click here for the FY13 Grant Application Form

Please note: This grant process is for mediation programs and not for programs using other alternative dispute resolution processes.


Grant application-related questions were accepted by MOPC via email through Friday, August 10th.  Potential applicants also had the opportunity to ask questions in person at an optional briefing held Friday, August 10th at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The following document provides answers to the questions submitted to MOPC:

 Answers to GAR Submitted and Briefing Questions

FY 2013 Grant Review Committee

All community mediation center grant applications will go through a two-stage review process. In the first phase, applications will be reviewed by a MOPC-appointed Grant Review Committee consisting of senior MOPC staff, University faculty or staff, and senior mediation practitioners and program administrators with community mediation knowledge and experience. The Grant Review Committee will first review applications for compliance with the Twelve-Point Model to determine eligibility for baseline grants and then review applications of eligible centers to determine performance levels for performance-based grants. For phase two of the review process, MOPC’s Executive Director will consider applicant submissions and Grant Review Committee recommendations and make final grant award decisions, including recipients and funding levels.

FY13 Grant Review Committee:

  • Hon. Gail Perlman (Ret.): former chair of the Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution; retired Justice of the Probate & Family Court.
  • Melissa Brodrick, M.Ed.: former director of the MA Association of Mediation Programs & Practitioners; former board member of the National Association for Community Mediation.
  • Loraine Della Porta, Esq.: MOPC Deputy Director; board president of the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island; past president of NE Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.

FY 2013 Grant-Funded Centers

As of October 2012, the following fifteen (15) centers were awarded FY 2013 state operating grants ranging between $28,400 and $35,400 through the Community Mediation Center Grant Program. These centers deliver affordable mediation services through trained volunteers in courts and community-based settings state-wide.

Cape Mediation (Cape Cod Dispute Resolution, Inc.), Orleans, MA
-serving Barnstable & Nantucket Counties

Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Cambridge, MA
-serving Middlesex, Norfolk & Suffolk Counties

Dispute Resolution Services, Inc., Springfield, MA
-serving Hampden County

Greater Brockton Center for Dispute Resolution (Probation Services, Inc.), Brockton, MA
-serving Plymouth County

Housing & Mediation Services Program of the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Pittsfield, MA
-serving Berkshire County

Law Center of Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA
-serving Middlesex, Essex & Suffolk Counties

Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program, Inc., (Martha’s Vineyard Center for Dispute Resolution), Vineyard Haven, MA
-serving Dukes County

Mediation Program of Family Services of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
-serving Worcester County

Mediation Services of North Central MA, Inc., Fitchburg, MA
-serving Worcester County

Metropolitan Mediation Services of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Brookline, MA
-serving Suffolk, Middlesex & Norfolk Counties

Metro West Mediation Services, Inc, Framingham, MA
-serving Middlesex County

North Essex Mediators of Community Action, Inc., Haverhill, MA
-serving Essex County

North Shore Community Mediation, Inc., Beverly, MA
-serving Essex County

Quabbin Mediation, Inc., Orange, MA
-serving Franklin, Hamden, Hampshire & Worcester Counties

The Mediation & Training Collaborative of Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions, Inc., Greenfield, MA
-serving Franklin, Hampden & Hampshire Counties