EPA Accepting Applications for Smart Growth Implementation Assistance and National Award

From recent EPA Smart Growth e-blasts:

I.  Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA)

The EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program is accepting applications from tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have partnered with a governmental entity. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013.

SGIA provides technical assistance to help communities grow in ways that improve the local economy, the environment, and people’s health. The program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges, such as managing stormwater, increasing transit-oriented development, and adapting to climate change, and to share those solutions with other communities.

EPA is seeking applications in the following four categories:

  1. Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change – Projects should aim to develop planning principles and building design guidelines that ensure future development provides communities with better protection against storms, floods, and other natural disasters.
  2. Redevelopment for Job Creation – Projects should aim to support growing industries that provide quality jobs for existing residents using land use policies that direct development to existing neighborhoods, are pedestrian-friendly, allow for transit connections, and are close to businesses and public services.
  3. Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design – Projects should help communities that are using manufactured and modular homes to address sudden population and economic growth. These communities should provide a mix of uses and maximize existing streets and other infrastructure investments, community gathering spaces, and water and energy efficiency.
  4. Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting – Projects should aim to explore planning for high-quality community service facilities, including health care centers and social services centers, in ways that support neighborhood economic development and healthy communities.

EPA will provide assistance to three to four communities selected from this round of applications.

Find additional information, including the Request for Letters of Interest, at http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm.

II.  National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

The application period for the 12th Annual EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is now open. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. The application deadline is April 12, 2013.

There is one application form for four categories:

  • Built Projects
  • Corridor and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Plazas, Parks, and Public Places
  • Policies, Programs, and Plans

In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from those that apply in these four categories.

Further information and the application form can be found at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.

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