On June 21, HUD provided an informal advance notice that $67 million will be available for a second round of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants. Funds will be awarded competitively to regional consortia comprised of state or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropies.
The intent is to encourage regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure development. There will be two categories: one to support preparation of regional plans; and another to modify existing regional plans so that they are in accord with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ six Livability Principles, or to prepare more detailed execution plans for an already-adopted regional plan.
Of the $67 million, at least $17.5 million will be awarded to regions with populations of less than 500,000. This includes medium-sized regions with populations between 200,000 and 499,999 (eligible for grants up to $3 million) and small-sized regions with populations less than 200,000 (eligible for grants up to $1.5 million). The maximum large metro region grant is $5 million.
The advance notice, HUD media release, and information about the first round is available at the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities website, http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/sustainable_communities_regional_planning_grants