Federal, Corporate, Foundation, and State Grant Programs
This section of the Network website provides information on federal, corporate, foundation, and state grant programs of interest to local climate programs.
Federal Grant Programs
HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program Advance Notice – $67 million
HUD has released advance notice of funding for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. This program supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; (3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact. HUD is not yet receiving preapplications or applications. Specific questions regarding program requirements should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.hud.gov/sustainability . To download the advance notice of requirements, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ascrp01nofa.pdf.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants - $4 million available
Eligible applicants: public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity
Applications due: May 28, 2013
The purpose is to support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans to transform distressed public and assisted housing, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. Applications must propose to plan for the revitalization of a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. HUD anticipates awarding grants of up to $500,000 each. See HUD website.
U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grants, Round 5 - $474 million available
Eligible entities: state, local, and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups
Applications due: June 3, 2013.
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. The TIGER program enables DOT to use a rigorous process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make investments in our Nation's infrastructure that make communities more livable and sustainable. See U.S. DOT Tiger Grant Application Resources.
U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grants - $900,000 available
Eligible applicants: Any U.S. non-Federal organization
Applications due: July 15, 2013
The purpose is to supporturban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application. All awards provide 1:1 funding for urban forestry projects. Priority areas for FY 2014 include: making urban trees and forests more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change; green infrastructure jobs analysis; and utilizing green infrastructure to manage and mitigate stormwater. See U.S. Forest Service website.
Corporate and Foundation Grant Programs
Funders' Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities' Local Sustainability Matching
Fund - up to $75,000
Eligible entitities: A sustainability director of a city or county in partnership with a local, place-based
Applications due: May 22, 2013
The purpose is to catalyze partnerships between localities and place-based foundations. Focus areas include: climate adaptation, neighborhood sustainability, urban food systems, sustainability performance measurement, sustainable economic development, mobilizing resident/business sustainability actions, and recycling/waste prevention. The Network anticipates that the Fund will support another seven to ten projects in Round Three. See Funders' Network website.