FY2018 Community Mediation Center Grant Application Process

MOPC will follow the process outlined below in its FY 2018 grant-making:

May 2017
• Development of grant-making policies and budget
• Development of grant procedures and criteria
• Appointment of Grant Review Committee

June 2017
• Issuance of Grant Application Request (GAR) – June 1, 2017
• Posting on MOPC website and state procurement website: www.COMMBUYS.com
Deadline for submission of grant application questions by June 9, 2017 at 9:00am
Briefing for grant applicants via conference call on June 9, 2017 at 9:30 am

July 2017
Deadline for submission of grant application –  July 15, 2017 at 5:00pm
• Review of grant applications by MOPC and Grant Review Committee
• Determination of grant recipients and awards by MOPC

August 2017
• Notice of grant determinations to all applicants
• Execution of letters of agreement and contracts by grantees

FY 2018 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 FY18 Grant Guidelines

Click here for the FY18 Grant Application Form

Click here for the FY18 Budget Summary Sheet (Excel)

Please note: The FY 2018 Grant Application Request is for “pre-qualified centers” only (i.e., those centers who received FY 2013 state operating grants).


Grant application-related questions were accepted by MOPC via email through Friday, June 9th.  Potential applicants also had the opportunity to ask questions during a required conference call held Friday, June 9th. The following document provides answers to the questions submitted to MOPC:

Answers to GAR Submitted and Briefing Questions

FY 2018 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 MOPC/University staff or faculty and senior practitioners and program administrators from the mediation field with community mediation knowledge and experience. This Committee will review the applications from pre-qualified centers and applicant eligibility for baseline grants and performance-based grants. The sections of the application on Community Project Challenge/Municipal Training Project Grants will be reviewed by MOPC staff. For phase two of the review process, MOPC’s Executive Director will consider applicant submissions and recommendations from the Grant Review Committee and MOPC Grant Program staff, and will make the final grant award decisions, including recipients and funding levels.

FY18 Grant Review Committee:

  • Susan Ostberg, former Director, MetroWest Mediation Services

  • John Espinosa, former Associate Director, Middlesex Community College Law Center 

  • Courtney Breese: MOPC Program Manager; former Interim Community Mediation Center Grant Program Manager

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