Looking for grant funding to help fund the growth of your muncipality or city? There are two grant programs from HUD that you might want to look into - the 2011 Regional Planning and Community Challenge Planning Grant Programs from HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. Collectively, they're offering $95 million to creating affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities through housing expansion and increased connections between employment centers and homes.
The Regional Planning grant provides grant funding to "support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to bring economic competitiveness and revitalization to a community."
The other grant program, The Community Challenge Planning Grant Program, provides funds to "amend or replace local master plans, zoning and building codes to promote mixed-use development, building more affordable housing, and the rehabilitation of older buildings and structures with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local and neighborhood levels." The grant program priortizes cities and towns with a population under 50,000, but other areas are also encouraged to apply.
Interested in getting more information? You can read a summary of both programs here.
If you would like to apply for either of these grants, note that the pre-application for the Regional Planning grant is due this Thursday, August 25th. The Community Challenge grant is due September 9th.