Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities: Partners for PlacesDeadline: January 31, 2019
Partners for Places is a grant program, hosted by The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in sustainable projects to promote social equity, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Partners for Places’ mission is to enhance local capacity that can create equitable and sustainable communities by building local government, local foundation, and national foundation partnerships to fund and implement priority projects. Broad funding goals are:
- Continuous improvement through flexible, responsive, and adaptive program management
- Inspire local and national funder interest in the urban sustainability field
- Build relationships between local practitioners, local funders, and national funders
- Align local government, local funder, and national funder priorities around urban sustainability
- Coordinate collaboration and collective action at the local level to advance the sustainability field
Partners for Places will promote equitable and sustainable communities by supporting planning processes or project implementation to advance stated community sustainability priority areas. Proposals are encouraged but not required to align with the following priorities:
- Near-term Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction practices that are classed into 4 topics: transportation, energy supply, building energy use, and consumption/waste reduction
- Climate resiliency
- Embedding social equity into all project work
- Green stormwater infrastructure projects that include soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater
Successful proposals are for planning processes or projects that local government sustainability leaders or water managers, and local, place-based funder(s) consider important to advancing sustainability goals in their communities. Eligible plans include: (1) a community-focused sustainability, climate action, adaptation/resilience, equity, water, or comprehensive plan provision that specifically addresses sustainability; or (2) any multi-issue plan endorsed by the mayor or manager that explicitly states and pursues the goal of integrating and/or balancing economic development, environmental quality, and social equity.
Amount: A total of 6-12 grants will be awarded, as follows:
- One-year project grants will be between $25,000-$75,000. A 1:1 match is required.
- Two-year project grants will be between $50,000-$150,000. A two-year match commitment up front from local funders is required.
- Two-year or renewal proposals will also be considered (funding range not provided). These projects must demonstrate how the award will bring appreciable further benefits beyond the first year or initial award.
Eligibility: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are:
- The sustainability director of a city or a county for general applicants, or a water director of a city, county, or utility (for green infrastructure applicants)
- The local, place-based foundation(s)
Note: At least fifty percent of Partners for Places investments will go to projects involving members of USDN.