| HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities and EPA's Offices of Sustainable Communities, Water, and Brownfields and Land Revitalization are pleased to announce a joint Notice of Funding Availability for the Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program. For the first time ever, HUD and EPA will join forces to competitively award $5.65 million to strengthen the capacity of existing grantees from each agency to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods for American families.
The award program will build upon the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an innovative interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in June 2009, between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), HUD and EPA to provide more sustainable housing and transportation choices for families and lay the foundation for a 21st century economy. Award recipients will support a growing network of existing and future HUD and EPA grantees that are advancing sustainable regional planning and development. The network of grantees will exchange ideas on successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools, and public engagement plans. The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities grant program will award funds to capacity building service providers who will work directly with grant recipients from the FY2010, and FY 2011 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge, HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Communities, and EPA Sustainable Community Technical Assistance and Brownfield Area Wide Planning grant programs.
Applications for the NOFA are due July 8, 2011. Nonprofit organizations, local or state public agencies, for-profit organizations, nationally recognized and accredited Universities or Colleges, or any combination of eligible entities as a Capacity Building Team are eligible to apply for funding. For more information on how to apply, please review the notice of funding availability (NOFA) at http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=98173. HUD and EPA will be hosting a webcast tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15, at 2 pm to discuss this new program. For information, see For more information on this funding opportunity, please visit hud.gov/sustainability, or contact Rachel Kirby in HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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