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HUD Schedules Two Webinars To Help Grant Applicants

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) recently issued two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for their FY 2011 Community Challenge Grants Program ($95 million in grants available) and FY 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program ($28 million available). In order to help applicants, a pair of webinars have been scheduled:

  • August 11, 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT: Community Challenge Planning Grant program
  • August 12, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program

The webcasts will be hosted by OSHC staff to provide overviews of the respective programs followed by time for viewers to ask questions. To watch the webcast log onto www.hud.gov/sustainability beginning one hour before the webcast start time for a link to the presentation.

Community Challenge Grants Program: Deadline is September 9, 2011.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program: Pre-application deadline is August 25, 2011.

Program Descriptions

The Community Challenge Grants Program (CC) provides grants to enable communities in fostering reform and reducing barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. This Program also supports the development of affordable housing, including artist housing, through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land for affordable housing projects.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program (SCRP) provides grants to help improve regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and increase state, regional, and local capacity to incorporate livability, sustainability, and social equity values into land use plans and zoning. The program supports metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts through a consortium-based model that brings together numerous groups including arts- and design-based organizations to inform the planning process.

Both programs, now in their second year build on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an innovative interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in June 2009, between HUD, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide more sustainable housing and transportation choices for families and lay the foundation for a 21st century economy.