Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP)

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Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP)

Preparing the Supply Chain

Overview

 

Through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program (MMAP), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers to help coordinate and prepare our supply chain to respond to increasing demands and to spur new opportunities for growth.

The program will run annually, utilizing a streamlined application and approval process to ease the burden on manufacturers and to create an immediate impact on company growth.

How MMAP Works

 

The MMAP program aims to help Massachusetts-based small to medium sized manufacturers prepare their businesses to meet the demands of Industry 4.0 and the manufacturing of new technologies and innovations that align with key industries in the Commonwealth. 

The impact of the pandemic on global supply chains stressed the need to reshore manufacturing of our critical supply chains. The program does this in two ways:

  • CAPITAL: Through necessary capital equipment purchases, the manufacturer will have access to new supply chain connections, new opportunities and growth. (For what qualifies as capital, see our Program Guidelines)
  • PARTNERSHIPS: This program aims to make connections between the manufacturing ecosystem and small manufacturers. Awards will be made in conjunction with a non-profit, academic, or quasi-public partner to help establish new connections within the ecosystem that lead to  growth. 

The manufacturer will receive the equipment and capital investments, while ecosystem level partners will provide assistance through technical support, workforce development support, business connections, or other means of assistance, depending on the partner.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Align with key industries within the state, which have been established by reviewing gaps and opportunities, such as aligning with potential federal opportunities. For the FY’22 calendar year, these include semiconductor, battery technologies, additive manufacturing and the defense and aerospace industries.; and
  • Broaden impact across regional, social, economic, and racial boundaries.

Funds Available

 

The program has $2 million in total, with each award being no greater than $250,000.

A 1:1 minimum cost share is required by the manufacturer.

MMAP Application and Review Criteria

 

Below is the key judging criteria, broken into four distinct tiers, with the critical focus areas listed at the top.

  • New jobs created
  • New markets and customers enabled by new capabilities;
  • Collaboration with ecosystem partners to help drive support, business connections, and growth
  • Minimum of 1:1 cost share;
  • Align with annual list of key industries;
  • Impact on other parts of the supply chain (expand the supply chain);
  • Applications that include elements that contribute to geographic, social, racial and economically equitable outcomes.
  • Workforce training plan outlined.

 

Projects will be judged by an independent panel of ecosystem experts. Final award decisions are made by the Mass Tech Collaborative after reviewing expert recommendations.

Key Dates

 

June 10 Applications open
June 24 Information Session hosted by MassMEP - REGISTER
July 29 Application deadline
August 26 First round finalists announced
Early September 2021 First round finalists live pitch
October 2021

Winners notified

TBD Winners announced

    

Download Program Guidelines Button

(Updated July 8, 2021)



        (Updated July 21, 2021)                 

Click to Apply Button (Submission via Google Form)

Review Application Questions for Preparation Purposes

 

Questions? If you have questions regarding the process for accessing the MMAP program,

contact Christine Nolan, CAM Director, at nolan@masstech.org.