The Partnership agencies periodically offer funding opportunities. When these grants are offered, they will be announced here and on www.grants.gov. In addition, each agency maintains websites to track their own grant announcements. The grants announced on these sites will also be on www.grants.gov.
In addition, EPA maintains a listing of additional funding sources to build sustainable communities. A guide to federal and other national sources is available, as well as a guide to regional, state, and local funding opportunities.
DOT recently announced the availability of $474 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants. As with previous funding opportunities, funds for the TIGER 2013 program are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. View a copy of the full Notice of Funding Availability to get the full application materials.
The TIGER program enables DOT to use a rigorous process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make investments in our Nation's infrastructure that make communities more livable and sustainable. Projects will be selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. The Department will also focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance at the Application Resources page. For more information, please visit http://www.dot.gov/tiger/.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will partner with a selected region to conduct a new study to incorporate climate change analysis - both mitigation and adaptation - in scenario planning. The FHWA will award one grant of approximately $25,000 to $50,000. The goal is to advance the state of practice in incorporating climate change analysis into scenario planning, FHWA and its Federal partners are seeking to implement one pilot project in an inland area of the country. The Federal agencies are seeking to partner with an MPO and Federal Land Management Areas to complete this study. The project will inform transportation and land use decision-making in the selected study area by using scenario planning to analyze strategies to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. The goals of the project are to 1) advance climate analysis in scenario planning; 2) develop a transferrable process; 3) build partnerships; and 4) impact decision-making.
Full Information is available here and the deadline to apply is May 30, 2013.
The Partnership agencies manage a variety of on-going programs (PDF 16p 1.39MB) that provide funding and technical assistance to support communities creating vibrant, healthy neighborhoods that provide more housing options, economic opportunities, and efficient transportation while reinforcing existing investments. These funding and technical assistance programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program can provide another means of federal resources for states, regions, and local governments.
The Partnership agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also provide programs targeted to rural communities. These programs are available to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. The Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities guide (PDF 44p 6MB) provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action. Each agency offers different ways of approaching infrastructure planning and construction, economic development, pollution cleanup, and other issues that are part of achieving sustainable communities.