Funding Opportunities Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;

2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and

3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families; choices about their community. Funding: HUD anticipates awarding up to 4 grants not to exceed $30,000,000 each.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, for-profit entities, nonprofit entities, and tribal entities.

Promise Zone Preference Points: Yes, Promise Zone preference points are available

Deadline for Applications: February 8th, 2015

More Information: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Technical Assistance Opportunities

The following is not an official Promise Zones technical assistance opportunity but may be of interest to you and Promise Zones partners.

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country adopt sustainable growth strategies. Building Blocks provides quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using tools with demonstrated results and widespread
application.

Communities may apply for assistance in one or more of the following areas:

·Bikeshare planning

·Equitable development

·Infill development for distressed cities

·Sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas

·Flood resilience for riverine and coastal communities

Up to 25 selected communities will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a 1-2 day workshop to learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices.

Deadline for Applications: November 20, 2014

Promise Zone Preference Points: None offered

More information: Request for Letters of Interest

Upcoming Webinars

The following is not an official Promise Zones webinar but may be of interest to you and Promise Zones partners.

National Equity Atlas Policy Link and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) have developed the National Equity Atlas, a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America's regions, and states, and nationwide. An upcoming webinar will provide a tour of the National Equity Atlas and teach participants how to use this unique new data and policy tool to advance inclusive growth in their communities.

Speakers for this webinar include: Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink Betsy Hodges, Mayor of  Minneapolis Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern  California and Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) Jennifer Tran, Senior Associate, PolicyLink Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEqO)/CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity When: Tuesday, November 18th, 12-1 pm (PST), 3-4pm (EST)