HUD Releases Sustainable Communities Grants Pre-Solicitation

June 23, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently provided a nice heads-up for potential applicants for grants through its Sustainable Communities Initiative. The agency released a pre-solicitation for Regional Planning Grants through the program on June 20.

The notice, published on Grants.gov and the agency’s website, specified that it is an advance notice to allow potential applicants adequate time to prepare an application, but that the agency is not currently accepting applications or pre-applications. An official notice calling for those submissions will be published at a later date.

Congress appropriated $100 million for the Sustainable Communities initiative in the fiscal year 2011 budget. HUD said that it anticipates awarding $67 million in cooperative agreements through the competition for Sustainable Community Regional Planning Grants, with at least $17.5 million of that set aside for communities with populations of less than 500,000.

For more detailed application information, check out HUD’s program specific requirements here or the agency’s general policies for discretionary funding here.

Separately, HUD has also asked for public input to improve its Choice Neighborhoods  Grants. Choice Neighborhoods grants support efforts to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing that includes crucial services for residents. For FY 2012 President Obama requested $250 million for the program, which would allow for a three- or four-fold increase in the number of awards distributed, the agency said. To weigh in, check out the agency’s request here before July 15. Or if you’re in the Washington D.C. region there is an in-person listening session scheduled for July 15, details to be released at a later date.

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