USDOT and HUD have created one point of entry to apply for joint TIGER II Planning Grants and Sustainable Communities Challenge Grants. As part of the Sustainable Communities Partnership, this effort is rooted in — and encourages projects that reflect — the six federal livability principles. The program rewards innovative, collaborative approaches to sustainable development that make connections between housing, economic development, and transportation.
See the just-released notice of funding availability here.
Excerpted from the USDOT press release:
Together, the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the first time ever, will join forces to award up to $75 million in funding – $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.
The program will encourage and reward areas that are planning more innovative projects that coordinate housing, economic development and transportation investments. Rather than have applicants proceed through two separate grant application procedures that might be on different timelines and with different requirements, this joint notice of funding availability (NOFA) is intended to create one point of entry to federal resources.
Under this innovative program, DOT and HUD will make joint awards, where appropriate, as well as individual TIGER II planning grants and HUD Sustainable Community Challenge Grants.
Pre-applications are due 30 days from the publication of the Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register. Full applications are due on August 23. State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities and others, are eligible to apply for funding.
View the complete press release here.