MUNICIPAL VULNERABILITY PREPAREDNESS

Weston & Sampson is a Certified Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Provider

The MVP program provides financial support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to help plan for resiliency and implement key climate change adaptation actions. The MVP program offers two grants in a phased approach. The first phase, the Planning Grant, provides technical assistance to communities to complete an assessment and resiliency plan using the Community Resilience Building Framework. Weston & Sampson is a MVP certified providers and is guided over 20 communities through this process. Weston & Sampson are also adept at developing grants for the second phase, the Action Grant. Action Grants are an ideal opportunity to incorporate climate resilience priorities and improvements into aging infrastructure.

Weston & Sampson Provides Consulting Services for Both MVP Planning and Action Grants

Climate impacts present a risk to both the physical and operational aspects of a municipality, as well as the larger economic and social prosperity of the region. We have a carefully assembled team with the required technical knowledge and in-depth knowledge of the MVP program to deliver targeted vulnerability assessments, infrastructure upgrades, regulatory and bylaw updates, and more. See a sample of our projects below. The qualifications and capabilities that distinguish us include:

  • Successful experience working with local governments to secure grant funding
  • Technical knowledge of how to develop nature-based solutions
  • Development of climate change, hazard mitigation, and long-range planning initiatives that lead to implementation
  • Diverse tools for public engagement, both online and in-person
  • GIS analysis and data visualization to synthesize and convey complex information
  • Multi-disciplinary engineering and design professionals ready to work on your project to:
    • develop more resilient transportation networks,
    • update bylaws and regulations,
    • create redundant drinking water supplies,
    • design stormwater and green infrastructure solutions, and
    • install renewable backup energy.
Amanda Kohn

Amanda Kohn

To learn how Weston & Sampson can provide you with MVP services, contact your Project Manager or Amanda Kohn at 1-800-SAMPSON / kohn.amanda@wseinc.com

News & Highlights


Marion CZM CZM Grant Funding Awarded - The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)’s Coastal Resilience Grant program recently announced $4 million in grant funding to support local and regional efforts to proactively plan for and reduce coastal storm and climate change impacts, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.  
City of Albany NY Virtual Public Meeting on Hudson River Shoreline Restoration - Weston & Sampson will be working alongside the City of Albany, New York's Department of Planning & Development to hold a virtual public meeting to discuss a study to assess the current condition of the Hudson River's shoreline in Albany and create a strategy for restoring and enhancing the riverfront.

Back to Climate Resiliency


The Team at Weston & Sampson were a great partner in assisting the Town of Tewksbury in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program to engage the public in climate change planning and updating our five year Hazard Mitigation Plan. They did a fantastic job guiding the Town in our one day Community Stakeholder Engagement Workshop and assimilating the findings into a comprehensive, goal-oriented report. The Weston & Sampson team in particular made our community outreach transition to a remote format during the COVID19 pandemic seamless and helped us not only finish the deliverables ahead of schedule, but assisted the Town in applying to the next grant application setting us up for success in the future.

- Anna McGinty, Tewksbury Town Planner