Harvard Receives Grant to Fund Climate Change Preparedness

Harvard – State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Town of Harvard is the recipient of a $35,000 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant. The MVP grant program provides resources to aid communities as they prepare for the effects of climate change by financing vulnerability assessments and the development of resiliency plans.

“I applaud Harvard for being proactive in seeking this funding to ensure that the town is prepared to deal with the effects of climate change,” said Representative Benson. “This grant will provide the town with the technical assistance and planning tools they need so that they can begin forming a plan to protect their citizens and property from increasingly intense blizzards, flooding, and other consequences of climate change.”

In each town, the MVP program is led by a project coordinator from the town with staff and volunteers from town departments. Harvard will work to identify significant climate-related hazards and vulnerabilities in the area, develop adaptation action items, and prioritize their next steps. This information will be used in conjunction with any existing or parallel processes to formulate a resiliency plan. Upon successful completion of the program, towns are designated “Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program communities” and become eligible for further grant funding.