Yesterday, MassDevelopment announced $1.9 million in grants through its Collaborative Workspaces Program, including a $25,000 planning grant for The Hive! This money will fund predevelopment work including site planning, a facilities assessment, organizational development, marketing, and fundraising activities. Next year, The Hive will be eligible to apply for an implementation grant to purchase equipment and build out the space.
The Hive will be a key component of the growing innovation ecosystem in Greenfield, and a critical asset for the local creative economy. We are thrilled to have the support of our municipal and state representatives as we work to build a space that will democratize access to the means of production, facilitate micro-enterprise, incubate arts-related businesses and creative ventures, forge connections between the arts and industrial sectors, support the incredible local community of professional artists and makers, and engage the public in hands-on creative work and artistic expression.