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This technical assistance is provided with grant support to PPS from U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.
Is your community working to become more livable and sustainable? Are you running into barriers in achieving these goals? Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that you can now apply for free technical assistance (through January 9, 2015) to address these challenges. We will be offering technical assistance with our partners at Livability Solutions thanks to a grant from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.
Livability Solutions partners, which include the nation’s leading experts in creating sustainable communities, will lead one- and two-day targeted workshops in communities around the U.S. Communities will learn how to use one of our tools or workshop approaches, such as walkability audits, green infrastructure valuation guides, shared use agreements, and community image surveys, that can help achieve goals of enhancing livability, creating lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improving residents’ public and social health. A short report will be prepared for each community following the technical assistance. Eight to ten communities will be selected to receive technical assistance this year.
To help communities learn more about this program, Livability Solutions will host a webinar on Friday, November 21st 1:00-2:00pm EST to further discuss this technical assistance opportunity, the available tools, and the process. Register for the webinar.
To apply for free technical assistance, applicants must:
This technical assistance is designed to serve local and/or tribal governments. Any local, regional, state, or tribal government, or agency or subdivision thereof, or community-based organization working in close conjunction with any such division of government may apply.
We focus on helping communities to reach a tipping point or to overcome a significant hurdle in achieving a particular livability or sustainability goal. If you are a community with a strong interest in and commitment to livability, smart growth, and sustainability principles, but face a significant challenge or barrier to moving forward with those goals, please apply for technical assistance. This year, we are also placing a stronger emphasis in prioritizing neighborhoods with social, economic, and environmental disadvantages, in order to help those communities most in need of assistance.
The intention of this technical assistance is to work directly with local and/or tribal governments to increase their capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable communities approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. If the primary applicant is not a local government, then the applicant must indicate, through a signed letter from a local elected official or head of a local government agency, that the local government is committed to efforts described in the application and will be substantively involved in the technical assistance.
Primary selection criteria
Community diversity: In order to ensure that the communities selected represent a range of community scales and demographics, we will seek to ensure that each of the following categories is represented among the selected communities:
In addition, to ensure that this assistance successfully reaches communities that may not have the capacity to provide as thorough applications as communities with more resources, two-thirds of the assistance will be targeted to projects in low resource neighborhoods with one or more of the following characteristics:
Geographic diversity:We also intend that this technical assistance reach communities of different sizes across the United States and we will strive to select a geographically diverse group of communities.
Potential for leveraging: The existence of additional commitment, funding, and/or in-kind support to the proposed project or initiative from a public or private sector partner or a local foundation, which can add value to the EPA-funded assistance by supporting follow-up plans or implementation, will be considered a plus.
Prior receipt of federal sustainable communities technical assistance: One intention of this technical assistance is to increase the reach and impact of livability and sustainability solutions. Past and current provision of assistance will be taken into account. That a community is receiving or has received additional technical assistance from the EPA, or other sources, does not mean that it is ineligible. It simply means that the community will need to illustrate how the technical assistance they are requesting from Livability Solutions will complement the other assistance they received before, currently have, or are applying for.
If you have any questions about this assistance, the selection criteria or application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to ensure that we can adequately respond to questions, please aim to submit any questions by December 5th. Questions received by this date will be compiled and the answers to these questions will be made available on the livabilitysolutions.org website by the end of that week. You can also check our FAQ’s page. We will be available after this date to answer questions, as well.
The EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Two other nonprofit organizations have received competitively awarded grants under this program to help communities achieve their sustainable communities-related goals: Global Green USA and Smart Growth America.