Charlestown Community Impact Fund
The Fund was created to mitigate any impacts from the development and operation of the casino.
Fall 2022 update: The application for the special Fall 2022 grant round closed on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. Awards are expected to be announced in early January 2023.
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About the Fund
A Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) was a condition of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s gaming license approval. Following the casino’s opening and throughout the 15 year license term, an annual $2 million payment is made by Wynn MA, LLC (Encore Boston Harbor) to the City, whose purpose as described in the SCA shall include:
- Improvements to facilities within the City to facilitate water transportation and to fund staffing and other public safety initiatives related to increased use of water transportation in Boston Harbor related to the Project
- Support of Charlestown’s nonprofits, parks, after-school activities, senior programs, job training programs, cultural events and related activities that promote Charlestown’s heritage, quality of life, recreational and cultural activities
- Staffing and other public safety initiatives related to increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the City related to project following the opening
- Any other impacts, including any transportation infrastructure impacts and the Sullivan Square Infrastructure Project related to the Project
When the Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) was signed by the City of Boston and Wynn MA, LLC, a one-time $1 million payment was made and has been distributed to support over 60 Charlestown nonprofits.
The Charlestown Community Impact Managing Committee is comprised of:
- the City’s Collector-Treasurer
- District One City Councilor
- State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District that includes Charlestown
- State Representative for the Second Suffolk District that includes Charlestown
- the City’s Commissioner of Public Works
- the City’s Transportation Commissioner, and
- the City’s Chief of Civic Engagement.
In the Fall of 2022, the Managing Committee will be developing a work plan focused on how best to address the purposes outlines in the SCA.
While that process is underway, the Managing Committee announced a special $250,000 Fall 2022 grant round for Charlestown nonprofits and community organizations. The application deadline for the special Fall 2022 grant round closed on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. Awards are expected to be announced in early January 2023.