HUD Accepting Applications for Sustainable Housing and Communities Grants

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities announced the availability of $95 million for the FY2011 Regional Planning and Community Challenge Planning Grant programs.  This year, the Regional Planning Grant program will place a priority on partnerships and funding may be used to prepare regional plans for sustainable development, or to modify existing regional plans so that they are consistent with the Administration’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities livability principles.

Separately, this year’s Community Challenge grants may be used for a number of efforts which promote sustainability at the local and neighborhood levels, such as amending or replacing master plans, zoning and building codes to promote mixed-use development, building affordable housing, or rehabilitating older buildings.  $3 million of Community Challenge funds will be set aside for jurisdictions with populations less than 50,000.  Pre-applications for the Regional Planning Grants are due by August 25, and applications for the Community Challenge Planning Grants are due September 9.  Additional information concerning these grant opportunities is available here (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/Apply_for_a_Grant).

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