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June 24, 2011

RE:      Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program

Dear Mayor:

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will be investing an additional $67 million the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.

HUD provided advance notice today that the second round of Regional Planning grants will soon be made available through a Notice of Funding Availability. The grants will be awarded competitively to multi-jurisdictional and multi-sector partnerships as well as regional consortia consisting of state and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), educational institutions, non-profit organizations and philanthropic organizations. This year’s funding was approved by Congress in HUD’s 2011 budget, as part of $100 million devoted to the agency's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.

This year’s Regional Planning Grant program will encourage grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to bring economic competitiveness and revitalization to a community. The program will place a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, philanthropy, and innovative ideas to the regional planning process.

Recognizing that areas are in different stages of achieving sustainability, HUD will establish two funding categories for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.

  • Category 1 Funds: Can be used to support the preparation of Regional Plans for sustainable development.
  • Category 2 Funds: Can be used to support efforts to modify existing regional plans so that they are in accordance with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ six Livability Principles. Category 2 Funds also may be used to prepare more detailed execution plans for an adopted regional plan for sustainable development and limit predevelopment planning activities for catalytic projects.

To read the full text of HUD's advance funding announcement, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail

If you have any questions on available grant funding, please contact Taran Samhammer at 609-695-3481 ext. 124.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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