Three Funding Opportunities Available for Community Improvements

Partners for Places Matching Grant Program


10th December, 2015







Three Funding Opportunities Available for Community Improvements

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to announce the opening of Round Eight of Partners for Places.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

The application deadline for Round Eight is January 29, 2016 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please visit the Partners for Places webpage for more information. Here you can view our promotional video, download the Request for Proposals (RFP), access our Proposal Form, and consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. You may also want to visit our Idea Bank which has summaries of all the proposals submitted in prior rounds. TFN will host a webinar to answer any questions about the grant program on December 11, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Please register for the webinar here. A recording of the webinar will be made available through TFN’s website for those of you unable to participate.

Partners for Places is supported by Bloomberg PhilanthropiesThe JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, New York Community TrustThe Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make selection decisions on behalf of Partners for Places, and awards will be announced on May 6, 2016. If the RFP and FAQ documents don’t answer all your questions, please contact Adrian Martinez at or Ann Wallace at for more information.


HUD Planning Grants to Help Transform Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of new funding to help local communities across the country to redevelop severely distressed public and HUD-assisted housing and transform surrounding neighborhoods. The funding announcement introduces an additional, innovative component to the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, called Planning and Action Grants.

HUD’s FY15/16 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant funds build upon these lessons by introducing Planning and Action Grants. Under these grants, communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing will continue to develop a successful neighborhood transformation plan and build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. In addition, Planning and Action Grant funds will also enable activities including:

Ø    Reclaiming and recycling vacant property into community gardens, pocket parks, farmers markets, or land banking;

Ø    Beautification, place making, and community arts projects;

Ø    Homeowner and business façade improvement programs;

Ø    Neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi;

Ø    Fresh food initiatives; and

Ø    Gap financing for economic development projects.

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant funds are available for public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities. Applicants must submit a completed electronic application through by February 9, 2016.  Read HUD’s funding notice.


Step It Up!: Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (NCCDPHP) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), seeks applications from Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regions for competitive funding assistance to support attendance at the second annual walkability action institute, entitled “Step It Up!: Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability,” which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26-28, 2016.

The purpose is to prepare interdisciplinary teams from MPO regions to pursue policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) supports for walking and walkability. This action institute will provide teams with the most up-to-date academic and applied learning methods, and will reinforce and support implementation of significant national public health policy statements promoting walking and walkability, such as Step It Up! — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities (SGCTA). NACDD and CDC are interested in applicant teams who can commit to all of the project deliverables outlined in this request for funding assistance (RFA) and produce measurable PSE outcomes after attending the action institute.

To submit a question about this application, please email Karma Edwards, the Walkability and Healthy Communities Project Lead, at All submitted questions will be compiled and answered within two business days on the FAQ list, and updated to the website.

Application Due Date: January 22, 2016 by 11:59 ET

Email: Karma Edwards (

For further information on the CDC DNPAO programs and efforts, please visit:

For further information on NACDDs 2015 Healthy Community efforts, please visit:

For further information on the US SG CTA released in September 2015, please visit: and