Tuesday, August 3, 2010

HUD Money Available for Community-Based Initiatives

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in its Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program has funds available for communities with stakeholder involvement in equity-based projects, such as transportation services and infrastructure. According to a PolicyLink guide to the funding, the applications, due Aug. 23, must address the Administration's livability principles and HUD's priorities.

The goal of the HUD program is to transform low-income areas into "communities of opportunity," which I presume means communities that have more income than they had before. Some of the funding will go to rural communities, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million.

Community and Regional Partners

One of the key priorities is to fund projects with coordination among equity advocates, community-based organizations representing people of color and/or low-income residents, local government and regional planning organizations. Examples of the type of projects HUD is looking for are given and they include transit and infrastructure improvements. Health equity is another permissible goal for applicants.

The guide includes advice about how to fill out the application.

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