Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, Deadline Feb. 9

HUD is introducing Planning and Action Grants, a new type of planning grant award, in addition to the two-year Planning Grants.

Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
Planning and Action Grants are three-year planning grants that demonstrate a commitment to “doing while planning.” Experience shows that tangible, early actions help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community’s energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible.

Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities, as defined in section I.A.3.f, are physical improvement, community development, and economic development projects that enhance and accelerate the transformation of the neighborhood. Activities are limited to: reclaiming and recycling vacant property; beautification, place-making, and community arts projects; homeowner and business façade improvement programs; neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi; and gap financing for economic development projects. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood.

HUD is making available approximately $10 million in assistance through the FY2015/FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods program for Planning Grants and Planning and Action Grants. Under this publication, eligible applicants will apply for Planning and Action Grants. The top scoring applicants will be awarded Planning and Action Grants, and the next set of highest scoring applicants will be awarded Planning Grants, based on funding availability.

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Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, Deadline Feb. 9

Joyce Foundation, Deadline December 1

The Joyce Foundation focuses grant making on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakes region, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Environment Program is committed to speeding the Midwest’s transition to a thriving, low-carbon economy; protecting and restoring a healthy Great Lakes environment which sustains the millions of Americans and Canadians who live along and depend upon the Lakes; and broadening the base of support for strong environmental policies in our home region.

Great Lakes: The Joyce Foundation will seek and support funding opportunities to protect and restore the Great Lakes by considering proposals at the local, state, regional, and national levels that address the following areas:

  • Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species into and around the Great Lakes Basin
  • Strengthen federal and state ballast water policy.
  • Prevent movement of aquatic invasive species between Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins via Chicago Area Waterway.
  • Encourage a new vision for the St. Lawrence Seaway that may include modified operations.
  • Increase state collaboration on aquatic invasive species prevention and management.
  • Reduce Polluted Runoff from Cities and Farms
  • Reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban landscapes (Milwaukee).
  • Reduce nutrient pollution from agricultural landscapes (Western Lake Erie Basin).
  • Explore market based strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands.
  • Explore legal and regulatory strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands.
  • Support strategic pilots and policy shifts to promote green stormwater infrastructure.
  • Promote water quality monitoring, science, and research.

Grant proposals are considered at meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April, July, and December. Deadline dates are:
Proposal Deadline August 19, 2015; Board Meeting December 1, 2015
Proposal Deadline December 2015; Board Meeting April 2016

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Joyce Foundation, Deadline December 1