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Massachusetts Grants

There are many grants available in this State to assist a home buyer purchase a home. By using these grants it makes it possible to purchase a home with little or no money down. 

Below is a list of some of the grants available, as well as contact information for each. Some are State sponsored grants. Some are sponsored on the county or municipality level. 

Understand that many of these grants have limited funding, and most have income restrictions, so it is important to work with your mortgage lender and the non profit administering the grant program to ensure availability of funds. 

State Sponsored
Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs
Community/local Sponsored Grants
Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

State Sponsored 

The State of Massachusetts offers a “soft second” program, to be used with the State’s First Time Home Buyer Program. A soft second is a loan that is given by the State to help with down payment and closing costs. There is not a repayment schedule, so there are no monthly payments. When the home is sold, the loan is paid back to the State. Below is a link to the State’s web site: 


Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs 

Banks that are members of the Federal Home Loan Banking system also offer IDA savings accounts. Visit the Regional Federal Home Loan Bank web site for more information.

Community/local Sponsored Grants

Cambridge Purchaser Assist Program (PAP) 
(617) 349-4642 

Infill Housing Homeownership Program (IHHP) 
(781) 581-8607

Lawrence Down Payment Loan Program (DPL) 
(978) 794-5891 

Lowell Coalition For A Better Acre HOME Homeowner Acquisition Loan Program (HHALP) 
(978) 970-2182 

Multi-Communities, Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. Down payment Assistance Program 
(617) 479-8181 

New Bedford Neighborhoods First Time Homebuyer Program 
(508) 979-1500 

Plymouth Buyers Assistance Program (FTHB) 
(508) 830-4115 

Salem First Time Homebuyer Program (FTHB) 
(978) 745-9595 

Taunton First Time Home Buyer Program (FTHB) 
(508) 821-1030

Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

There are several non profit organizations that allow a seller to “donate” funds to them at closing, which is then given to the buyer as a down payment assistance grant. Presently, the federal government is reviewing these programs to determine whether this practice is an acceptable lending practice. By using one of these programs it is possible to purchase a home with little or no money. The seller needs to be a motivated seller, and the home needs to be priced correctly. Usually the sales price is inflated to cover the “donation”. The home must be able to appraise at the inflated price. These programs are initiated by the lender, so it is important to work with a local lender before you start looking for a home. The lender will also know how present legislation is affecting the program. The two most commonly used programs are The American Dream DAP and The Nehemiah DAP. Below are links to their web site.

American Dream:  http://www.americandreamdownpaymentassistance.com/dpa_app.cfm

Nehemiah Corp: