Looking for funding for your community? The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new grant program for community assistance to build resilience and pursue revitalization.
EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.
The program aims to increase resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the economy while protecting human health and the environment. It provides quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using tools with demonstrated results and widespread application.
Through the Growing Transit Communities Partnership, the central Puget Sound region is designated as a preferred sustainable community for this grant program, which means applications from the region will receive extra consideration.
Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2014. EPA will host a webinar to discuss the program and the application process on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. PDT.
Communities may apply for assistance on one or more of the following topics:
- Equitable development
- Infill development for distressed cities
- Bikeshare planning
- Sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas
- Flood resilience for riverine and coastal communities
EPA will select up to 25 communities through a competitive process.
Selections will be made in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
If selected, the community will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a one-to-two-day workshop, where participants will learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices.