SGA is partnering with T-Mobile to assist rural communities

In a unique partnership focused on bringing vital connections to rural America, Smart Growth America is helping T-Mobile give one small community a prize package worth $3 million as well as millions in smaller grants for hundreds of other rural and small town communities to reinvest in their downtowns, improve their quality of life, become … Continued

Rural Development Technical assistance

Funding Opportunity: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces $4,000,000 in funding for brownfields. The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant program facilitates community involvement as well as the research, training, and technical assistance necessary for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse.

Brownfields area-wide planning grant funding must be directed to specific areas affected by either a single large site or multiple brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, or local commercial corridor. The grant funding will result in an area-wide plan, including implementation strategies, for the brownfields-affected area. The brownfields area-wide plan will inform the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of brownfield properties and promote area-wide revitalization.


Local Sustainability Matching Fund Announced

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Fund, announces the launch of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund.

The purpose of the Matching Fund is to catalyze partnerships between local government (city or county) sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Matching Fund is intended both to support significant urban sustainability projects and to build bridges between public sector sustainability leaders and local foundations. The Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.


Partnership For Sustainable Communities Grantees Host Briefing On Capitol Hill

This week, Smart Growth America brought together representatives from groups who received Department of Housing and Urban Development regional planning grants as part of the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Community for a briefing on Capitol Hill. The grantees who spoke at the briefing represented a diverse cross-section of communities that are implementing regional planning grants, including representatives from the Metro-Boston region, Northern Maine, and Metropolitan Des Moines. Shelley Poticha, Director of HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Community Development, shared the agency’s perspective of the transformative potential of regional planning grants and the unique cross-agency collaboration between HUD, DOT and EPA that defines the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

HUD distributed just shy of $100 million for regional planning grants to 45 different grant recipients as part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities in fiscal year 2011. So far those grant recipients have managed to leverage almost another $100 million out of local private, non-profit and local government partners to support their efforts. Shelley noted that kind of financial investment in support of a non-construction project was remarkable. Why is there so much excitement from the business community, local governments, universities and other partners on the ground when it comes to these regional planning grants?


Webinar: Overcoming Obstacles in Regional Planning (Feb. 1)

Smart Growth America is pleased to host the following webinar on February 1, 2011:

Overcoming Obstacles in Regional Planning

Did you apply for or receive a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant? Are you trying to start or advance a regional plan? Join Smart Growth America to hear from Mariia Zimmerman, Deputy Director U.S. HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, and several HUD grant recipients from diverse parts of the country in various stages of regional plan development. The speakers will highlight the importance of regional planning, discuss coalition building, challenges they have faced in the planning and implementation process, and keys to success.


$1.5 million available for Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a Notice of Public Interest for Sustainable Communities Research Grants of $150,000-$500,000 (to be awarded from a pool of $1.5 million in available funds). Non-profit foundations, think tanks, for-profits, educational institutions, and others are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is February 4, 2011.


Webinar: The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot: Early Implementation and Future Directions (Feb. 17)

The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) is hosting a webinar on February 17, 2011 from 2:00-3:30pm addressing the recent EPA Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot program. From NALGEP: In 2010, EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization established the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (AWP) and selected 23 pilot communities from across the … Continued


$66 million available from USDA, EPA, and U.S. Department of Commerce

The EPA State and Local Climate and Energy program brings us a round up of available federal funding for state, local, and tribal governments: *** USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – $6.3 million Application Due: December 22, 2010 Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others The U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continued


HUD announces $40M in Sustainable Community Challenge Grant awards

View the HUD press release and list of Community Challenge Grant/TIGER II planning grant awards here. (It’s a busy day for grant award information — the complete list of TIGER II planning and construction grant recipients can be seen here.) The HUD Community Challenge grant application was issued jointly with TIGER II planning grants. Demand … Continued