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Funders’ Network: Partners for Places

Deadline: January 29, 2016

Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Partners for Places is a partnership of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). The Funders’ Network and USDN believe that sustainability directors are natural allies for community-based foundations. By combining forces they can become powerful allies to promote more prosperous, livable, and vibrant places.

National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

Successful proposals are for projects that the local government sustainability office and local, place-based funder(s) consider important to the community. The project must advance a key aspect of at least one of the following:

  • A community-focused sustainability, climate action, or comprehensive plan provision that specifically addresses sustainability
  • Any plan endorsed by the mayor or city manager that states the goal of balancing economic development, environmental quality, and equity
  • An area identified for performance improvement or implementation for Certified STAR Communities

Amount: Between $25,000 to $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 to $150,000 for two year projects. A 1:1 match is required by one or more local foundations at the time that the application is submitted. The Selection Committee needs to know that a sustainability director and a funder partner(s) have worked together to develop the proposal and that the funder is intending to support this project financially, subject to board review and approval.

Eligibility: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are: 1) the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county, and 2) a local, place-based foundation(s).

Link: http://www.fundersnetwork.org/partnersforplaces/

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